Hiring Immigrants

Recently, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against an Arizona community college district over discrimination when hiring legal immigrants.  Supposedly, the college district was demanding too many documents, going beyond what is required by federal law.  The DOJ is wanting to penalize the district $1,100 per violation (over $270k total), according to Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41626.html What …

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Are employee breaks required?

Do you have to give your employees a rest break every 4 hours?  How long does the break have to be?  Are breaks paid time or unpaid?  The answer depends on your state.  Even though many states do NOT require breaks, most employers still offer breaks to their employees, giving them the chance to stretch, …

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Employee Diversity Report Required

Do you know the ethnic makeup of your employees?  By law, you might be required to track this information.  September 30th is the deadline for filing the EEO-1 form for companies with 100 or more employees.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) uses this information to track diversity stats for your business. Steps you should take:  …

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CA Sexual Harassment Training

California law requires that certain companies provide sexual harassment training for all supervisors.  Basic parameters for this law: * Company size: all companies with 50 or more employees * New supervisors must be trained within 6 months of promotion or hiring * All supervisors must be retrained every two years * Instruction must last a …

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Medical Privacy Violations

Today the Boston Globe reported the dumping of thousands of sensitive medical records at a local garbage transfer station: http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/08/13/mass_hospitals_investigate_exposure_of_records/ It seems an obvious breech of HIPAA patient privacy rights, among other things.  Apparently, the records were in the hands of a billing company that helped with collections for numerous hospitals.  When the billing company was …

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Overtime for Sales Reps

Do outside sales reps get OT?  If you are the drug company Novartis, the answer is YES.  In July, Novartis lost a court case brought by their outside sales reps, claiming they were not really exempt employees.  The federal Second Court of Appeals ruled that Novartis' sales reps did not meet the qualifications to be exempt …

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