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Make sure supervisors set a safe example.

07/01/2000
A meat company’s safety rules told workers never to poke their body parts into machinery while it’s operating. But Lynnecia Hagins’ boss often used his hand …

ADA may require extended leave

07/01/2000
Zenaida Garcia-Ayala missed a lot of work while battling breast cancer. Over a dozen years, she used salary continuation and short-term disability …

Don’t make biased requests when using staffing agency

07/01/2000
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is warning employers that they can’t use employment agencies to skirt anti-discrimination law. The EEOC sued …

Review your FMLA policy in advance of national survey

07/01/2000
Over the next two months, thousands of U.S. businesses will be mailed a government survey asking for how they handle absences under the …

Ban all age bias; states OK youth-bias claims

06/01/2000
Kimberly Zanni, a 31-year-old-account executive, was fired and replaced by an older, less qualified woman. One supervisor had told Zanni that she sounded …

Giving better-than-deserved reviews may be legal, but it’s unwise

06/01/2000
Six months after Richard Cullom began work as a staffing specialist at a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, his supervisor found his work …

Tighten your policy on work authorization

06/01/2000
Three companies have recently settled federal charges of “document abuse” in hiring, with penalties totaling more than $270,000. The problem: Employers requested specific documents or asked for documents other than those …

Public employers can avoid comp-time cash payouts

06/01/2000
Public employers not only have the leeway to offer comp time to nonexempt workers, they can now force the workers to use it. Congress gave state and local governments the …

Help employees protect their identity from theft

06/01/2000

Q. A few employees have complained that we use their Social Security numbers as their ID numbers. They’re concerned about potential theft of their identity. Is it legal for employers to use Social Security numbers for ID purposes? —D.T., Illinois

Watch for warning signs of workers’ comp fraud

06/01/2000

Q. We’ve had a number of suspicious injuries at work this year. We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but how can we determine if these injuries are part of a workers’ comp insurance fraud scheme? —K.H., Mississippi