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Employee hurt in pre-Employment screening gets disability comp

06/01/2007

An employee who was injured by a blood pressure cuff during a pre-employment physical will receive total disability benefits from Virginia-based General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has ruled

Free online tools can test applicants’ computer skills

05/01/2007

To discover how fast and accurately applicants can type, sit them down to take a free typing test on www.typingtest.com

Genetic discrimination bill takes another step in Congress

04/01/2007

A committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation last month that would ban employers from collecting genetic information from employees and applicants and prohibit the use of genetic tests when making employment decisions …

ADA: AIDS and HIV

03/28/2007

HR Law 101: In 1998, the Supreme Court issued its first ruling on an AIDS-related issue and its first major interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The justices made it clear that all persons who are HIV-positive, even though they may show no overt symptoms of the disease, are also protected under the ADA …

Can we require medical tests or treatment?

03/01/2007

Q. I’m confused about when we can require physical exams or treatment. We now make employees undergo a fitness-for-duty exam when we think there is a physical or psychological reason that impairs the employee’s ability to perform the job. We also use last-chance agreements requiring medical treatment for an employee to earn reinstatement after a discharge, such as for alcohol or drug abuse. Are we courting trouble? —D.J., Michigan

Disabled Applicants

01/30/2007

HR Law 101: The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against qualified applicants on the basis of a physical or mental disability. The law allows you to ask about an applicant’s ability to perform a job’s essential functions but not about a specific disability …

New Jersey Wage Payment Law

01/15/2007

The New Jersey Wage Payment Law seems like it should be rather simple, but it’s perhaps the most complicated employment law in the state. Full of traps for the unwary, the law can spell big trouble for even innocent mistakes, with fines of up to $1,000 per violation …

Pennsylvania Medical Pay Act

01/15/2007

The Pennsylvania Medical Pay Act requires employers to bear the costs of employee medical examinations when those exams are a condition of employment …

Do your hiring tests simulate true working conditions?

01/01/2007

Before you create an applicant screening test—whether it’s for a manual-labor or white-collar position—make sure that it relates directly to the work that person will be doing. “Somewhat applicable” tests won’t fly in court …

Court: Hearing test used by UPS to screen drivers violates ADA

12/01/2006

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed that Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS) violated the ADA by refusing to hire package-car driver applicants if they failed a hearing test …