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Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Answers to Your GINA Questions

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 3/7/2011
Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), which became effective November 21, 2009, prohibits the use of genetic information in employment, restricts covered entities from requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic information, and strictly limits the disclosure of genetic information. Under GINA, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is required to issue implementation regulations within one year of the effective date. On November 9, 2010, the EEOC issued its final regulations, which became effective on January 10, 2011.More...

Diversity Training and Investigation May Save Employer from Hostile Work Environment Claim

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 10/14/2010

Diversity in the workplace is a good thing. When men and women of different races, religions, ethnicities, and ages work together in an environment of tolerance and respect, the possibilities are limitless. More...

Reasonable Accommodation for Probationary Employees?

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 10/13/2010

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require me to provide a reasonable accommodation for a probationary employee who qualifies as an individual with a disability? More...

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The ADA Amendments Act: How Courts Are Interpreting the Amended Law

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 9/19/2010

The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is to generate and protect employment opportunities for individuals living with a disability. More...

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Updated Child Labor Regulations: Is Your Organization Keeping Up with the Kids?

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 9/15/2010

On July 19, 2010, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule pertaining to child labor regulations became effective. More...

Hurricane Days and Snow Delays: How the FLSA Handles Weather-Related Closures and Absences

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 6/18/2010

As they say, “You can’t fight Mother Nature.” For those of us living near the coast, the threat typically comes from hurricanes, while snow is frequently the culprit for those living up north. More...

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Amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act: Reasonable Break Periods Required for Nursing Mothers

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 4/19/2010

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act). More...

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OSHA's General Duty Clause: Don't Overlook the Little Things

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 2/17/2010

Don’t lose sight of the little things. When it comes to workplace safety, many organizations commit significant time and resources to reduce the risk of injuries among their workforce. More...

Diversity Training and Investigation May Save Employer from Hostile Work Environment Claim

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 1/14/2010

Diversity in the workplace is a good thing. When men and women of different races, religions, ethnicities, and ages work together in an environment of tolerance and respect, the possibilities are limitless. More...

Waiting to be Engaged or Engaged to Wait? The Fair Labor Standards Act Makes a Distinction – Do You?

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 12/14/2009

To the uninitiated, compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) appears to demand little more than the simple task of multiplying the number of hours worked by the appropriate wage. More...

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The Importance of Written Job Descriptions Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 11/16/2009

For the most part, the only time any real thought and effort goes into drafting a job description is when a job vacancy needs to be filled. More...

Qualifying Exigency Leave: A New Type of FMLA Leave that Employers Need to Understand

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 8/12/2009

What happens when an employee’s family member has been called to active military duty? Is the employee eligible for time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? More...

Never Trust Anyone Over Forty: Supreme Court Rules in ADEA Mixed-Motive Case

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 7/14/2009

In one of the last cases handed down before the end of the term, the United States Supreme Court significantly changed the landscape for cases brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). More...

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To Cut or Not to Cut: Reducing Wages During Difficult Economic Times

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 6/22/2009

As an alternative to laying off employees, we are considering the option of implementing a 4-day workweek, along with a commensurate reduction in pay. Is such a course of action permissible under the Fair Labor Standards Act? More...

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COBRA's New Look: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Premium Reduction Provisions

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 5/12/2009

How does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) change the way an organization deals with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)? More...

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Forty (Not Three) Is the Magic Number

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 3/19/2009

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently provided the nation’s employers with yet another piece of disturbing news: workplace discrimination charge filings with the EEOC soared to an unprecedented level during fiscal year 2008, which ended on September 30th. More...

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Congress Returns Serve: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 2/10/2009

Once upon a time, Lilly Ledbetter was a multi-millionaire.  Unlike a typical fairytale, however, Ms. Ledbetter was not left to live happily-ever-after with her newfound wealth.  More...

Use of Revised Form I-9 DELAYED!

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 2/2/2009

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it has delayed the implementation of the revised Form I-9 for 60 days--until April 3, 2009. More...

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Employers Must Use Revised Form I-9 as of February 2, 2009

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 1/28/2009

Now that employers across the country have finally become proficient in using the Employment Eligibility Verification Form—Form I-9—after its last revision in December 2007, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) determined that Form I-9 was due for yet another revision.  More...

Written Job Descriptions under the ADAAA

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 1/14/2009

Does the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which went into effect on January 1, 2009, diminish the importance of having detailed, well-written job descriptions for the purpose of helping employers defend against claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? More...

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