Las Vegas SignThe FMLA provides an eligible employee the right to 12 workweeks of leave to care for the employee’s spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition.  Consequently, employers generally grant employee requests to use FMLA leave when their family member receives medical treatment or undergoes a surgical procedure.  What happens when an employee requests

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It’s that time of year again to reflect on this year’s achievements and set goals for the new year.  With the beginning of 2014 upon us, we encourage personnel and human resources directors, managers and 

1.  Evaluate Your Agency’s Handling of Disability-Related Issues

Employee disability-related issues are among the most complicated and confusing that employers

DNA2.jpgIn the 1997 science fiction film Gattaca, the main character Vincent lives in a futuristic world where success is based on an individual’s genetic profile instead of experience or education.  Because Vincent’s genes are considered inferior, he assumes the identity of a genetically superior man in order to avoid discrimination based on his genetics. 

Mother with Baby.jpgAs part of its Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2012-2016 (“the SEP”), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) identified the following five priorities for national enforcement in the private and federal, state and local government sectors:

1. Eliminating systemic barriers to recruitment and hiring;

2. Protecting vulnerable workecombatrs such as immigrants and migrants;

3. Targeting

Password.jpgGovernor Jerry Brown last week signed two new privacy laws that will go into effect January 1, 2013.  AB 1844 and SB 1349 prohibit employers, colleges and universities from requiring or asking prospective and current employees and students to disclose social media usernames and passwords.  It also prohibits requiring or requesting employees and students to

Elections.jpgObama or Romney?  “Yes” or “No” on Proposition 30?  With the election only several weeks away, these questions are starting to make their way into the workplace as political debates among co-workers are starting to break out in lunch rooms, hallways and around the water cooler.  While such political discussions usually consist of a polite

Magnifying Glass.jpgDisciplining employees is a necessary part of employment.  However, employers often struggle with employees who engage in misconduct, especially where the employer believes the employees should be terminated.  Recently, we came across the story of a Florida police officer which highlights the importance of conducting a thorough investigation before imposing discipline.

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