Wage and hour lawsuits are big news these days. Jury verdicts and settlements capture headlines warning of damages and fees totaling seven or more figures, and class certifications in pending cases exponentially expand the risk posed by a single miscalculation or mistaken designation. How can employers best reduce the risk of becoming the next cautionary…

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As many of you may know, I am a handbook nerd. I think handbooks and the policies contained within are wonderful (ask me about how each handbook is both a sword and a shield). Company policies are as varied as the printing on wrapping paper, and can be edited in more ways than you can…

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Employees appreciate employee discounts, tuition reimbursement, prizes of small value, and wellness benefits. But those perks had been put in danger in recent years by lawsuits claiming that employers should have paid overtime on their value. On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor saved these and other welcomed extras by issuing revised regulations…

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Sexual harassment in the workplace can have long-term economic impacts on the victims resulting in depression, decreased engagement and/or the decision to leave the job, according to new research from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Washington, D.C. Women and men reported experiencing sexual harassment—verbal and nonverbal insults, hostile and degrading attitudes, and demeaning…

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Can a sincerely held religious belief – or a wife’s personal jealousy – justify a male employee refusing to work with women coworkers or other professional contacts? A federal district court in North Carolina is poised to answer this question. The case pending there has drawn substantial national attention because it represents the first legal…

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A sales associate at a Dollar General store who asked how to request leave and was told by text that no leave was available could proceed with her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) failure-to-accommodate claim, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. The plaintiff was a lead sales associate at a Dollar General store…

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