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January 2018 Archives

Supreme Court may decide how much leave is required by the ADA

When an employee has a disability that requires leave from work, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires their employer to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave and hold the employee's job open for their return. More leave may be required by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), but the federal circuit courts of appeal have come to different conclusions. Now, a plaintiff has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on whether the ADA mandates additional leave.

DOT: What are the unnecessary roadblocks to autonomous trucks?

The U.S. Department of Transportation is about to issue four requests for public comment about self-driving commercial vehicles. The agency and its sub-agencies would like to know if any unnecessary regulatory roadblocks exist that may be slowing the development of autonomous trucks and buses.

New York State Paid Family Leave benefits started January 1st

One of the biggest changes of the New Year for New Yorkers is the start of the New York State Paid Family Leave (NYPFL). Under the new leave law, eligible private sector employees can take up to eight weeks of paid family leave. The program phases in over the next four years. Other states offering paid family leave are California, Rhode Island and New Jersey.

A new era for paid family leave for New Yorkers

Starting this week, paid family leave in New York follows a new set of rules, considered by many to be a boon for both employers hoping to retain and support employees, and employees needing time and support when a new family member is born, or when serious medical problems arise.

2 more prominent reporters are accused of sexual harassment

A Fox News correspondent and a Washington Post reporter are the latest to suffer negative job actions due to apparent sexual harassment complaints. Fox's James Rosen reportedly left Fox News after the network began looking into sexual misconduct allegations against him. Joel Achenbach of the Post has been given a 90-day suspension after unspecified misconduct said to involve female colleagues.

Seeking compensation is about more than just money

The wintry roads are ones that invite accidents, especially since some drivers think they are invincible and continue to drive like they would if the roads were clear. When there is snow or ice on the roads, you need to make sure that you are planning extra time to get to your destination. You must ensure that you don't have to rush to get to where you are going.

CPSC warns of hidden hazard: TVs and furniture that tip over

Did you get a big-screen TV for the holidays? Perhaps you bought a new dresser for your child's room? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges you to anchor heavy electronics and furniture to walls in order to prevent them from tipping over. The majority of tip-over accidents injure children, who are prone to climb furniture, but adults are at risk, too.

Woman settles claim for outrageous hostile work environment based on gender

Female executive for a food exporter settled her gender discrimination case for a significant "confidential" sum, pursuant to a negotiated severance agreement and package. Client was subjected to an extremely hostile environment including senior management's culture of derogatory and discriminatory conduct towards females. Reference to female employees as 'fucking cunts'; comments made to other female employees that they were only useful if seen when wearing sexy short skirts"; Female executives were routinely paid less than males for similar work.

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