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Layoffs

Requiring foreign language skills isn’t discrimination

11/14/2013
Do you need some employees to speak a foreign language? Don’t worry that requiring fluency could be viewed as discrimination.

Carefully document RIF strategy to guard against discrimination claims

10/10/2013
Employees terminated ­during RIFs sometimes believe they were hand-selected for layoff because of discrimination or retaliation for prior complaints. Smart employers consider that possibility and carefully document the RIF process to show when the possibility of layoffs was first considered and how employees were picked for termination.

What rules must we follow if we must lay off work-visa employees?

10/02/2013
Q. Do we have any duties or obligations if we discharge employees who are in the United States on work visas?

Elevator company settles with shafted employee

10/01/2013
Schindler Elevator Corp. has agreed to settle an EEOC race discrimination lawsuit filed after it laid off a black elevator mechanic from its Charlotte office, even though he was rated higher than almost all his white co-workers who were retained.

No individual liability under federal, NY layoff notice laws

09/06/2013
Good news for supervisors who help determine who to cut in a reduction in force: Under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Noti­­fi­­ca­­tion Act (WARN) and the New York State version of the law, there is no individual liability for violations.

OK to broach retirement option before layoff

08/26/2013
Merely informing an older worker that he or she may be eligible for retirement benefits while discussing a layoff isn’t evidence of age discrimination.

Must we pay severance to employee who turned down telecommuting offer?

08/22/2013
Q. We plan to lay off some of our employees and offer jobs to others in our facility in another state. We are also giving a select few of our employees the option to work from home. One of the employees to whom we gave this telecommuting option has declined it and requested severance instead. Are we obligated to pay him severance?

Should we go ahead with layoffs–including someone who complained about harassment?

05/10/2013
Q. Our company has been having financial difficulties and we have considered reorganizing for several months. Our chief operating officer has been charged with determining whether any of the current jobs can be eliminated. Recently, before any final reorganization decisions were made, an employee came forward claiming that the COO had been harassing her and had created a hostile work environment …

Assess ADA disability against average ability

04/25/2013
The ADA doesn’t cover everyone who has any kind of medical problem. Even something like complete deafness in one ear may not be enough to make an employee disabled.

RIF looming? Base layoffs on logical criteria

03/05/2013

When business is down and you need to make cost-saving cuts, it can be tempting to use that as an excuse to shed a “troublemaking” employee. Don’t do it.