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It’s not always best to challenge a handbook’s implied contract

07/01/2000
Continental Airlines followed a detailed attendance policy with machinist Kevin McGuire. He first got verbal and written warnings, then was fired. McGuire contested …

Employee doesn’t need to show actual injury to earn workers’ comp

07/01/2000
When Patsy Evenson, a K-Mart manager, came to the aid of a wheelchair-bound man, she got his blood and feces on her hands. He had HIV, and she had sores on …

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 …

Supreme Court upholds ban on workplace racial slurs

07/01/2000
The U.S. Supreme Court recently let stand a lower court ruling that banned an employee from making racial slurs at work. In the case, a group of Latino employees sued …

Consider legal impact before deleting files, e-mail messages

07/01/2000
As Microsoft learned in its recent federal suit, e-mail messages are official company records that can be summoned in a lawsuit. Unfortunately, most companies …

Breast-feeding: Develop wise policy for staff, customers

07/01/2000
With half of new mothers returning to work within three months of giving birth, breast-feeding has become a hot workplace issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics …

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 …