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Controlling work may control immunity for workers’ comp

01/01/2000
A temporary employment agency got Raymond Shaw a job at a Thrift Drug warehouse and paid his wages, insurance and other benefits. But when he tripped on a bolt, it turned …

Ability to use noncompete clauses is shrinking

01/01/2000
Doing business at the speed of the Internet may trim the time you have to restrict former employees from working for competitors. Mark Schlack signed an …

Don’t let religious employees badger other workers

01/01/2000
As a born-again Christian, Kenneth Weiss says he is required to share his religious beliefs with others, including co-workers. But for some, working with him was hell.
He condemned co-workers, …

Don’t let your policy create an end run for disabled employees

01/01/2000

Denver’s employment system blocked police officers and firefighters from being reassigned directly to other jobs in city government. They had to compete with noncity employees for jobs.
But that didn’t …

Moms may refuse workers’ comp treatment

01/01/2000
The American Red Cross tried to terminate or modify Colleen Curran’s workers’ compensation benefits when she refused to undergo medical treatment it considered reasonable.
But a workers’ comp judge found …

Protect your business from ‘identity theft’

01/01/2000

Identity theft is one of the nation’s fastest-growing crimes, and it can hit businesses as well as individuals.
A thief uses your credit card, Social Security number or business identification …

Tap OSHA online for training rules

01/01/2000
If you’re confused about how to comply with a federal safety regulation, or even whether it applies to your company, check out the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s online, interactive advisers. …

Jury smells a rat in firing of disabled man

01/01/2000
A regional manager’s decision to fire a mentally disabled janitor cost the Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza chain plenty of dough. A jury awarded the janitor back pay and damages of more …

Firing ex-mistress is OK

01/01/2000
If need be, you may be able to fire your ex-mistress. In one New York case, the guy decided to reconcile with his wife but she didn’t want him to work …

Judge how much of a pain ergonomics rules may be

01/01/2000
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still accepting comments on its proposed ergonomics regulations until Feb. 1, but it wants to have the sweeping program in place by the …