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Retaliatory terminations mustn't happen to good employees

Many different situations can lead to an employee being terminated. One that shouldn't ever fall into this category is retaliation. Employment laws forbid employers from being able to retaliate against employees when the person makes factual complaints related to things like sexual harassment or violations of laws.

Rhode Island takes a stand against sexual harassment

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have responded to the ongoing national fury over sexual harassment in the workplace with seven bills that are now ready to move forward. The overall goals of the bill are to strengthen the laws protecting victims and provide education about sexual harassment in general.

What is a reasonable accommodation for a disabled employee?

Legally, an employer has to provide reasonable accommodations for employees who suffer from disabilities when these disabilities do not entirely prevent them from doing their jobs. The accommodation allows them to continue working and being productive at the company.

Who is covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects employees who need to leave work for up to 12 weeks per year without risking losing their job. The law, which was created at the federal level, also requires that employers keep an employee's health benefits active while the employee is on leave, just like if he or she was still on the job.

Spotting sexual harassment in the workplace in Rhode Island

Sexual harassment to this day is still an issue in the workplace. Even with all of the laws in place protecting employees from this crime, people still find it necessary to harass others sexually. Sexual harassment can occur on purpose or innocently, which is when people tell jokes or don't mean any harm by what they say.

Staffing company for employment commission sued

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against its own staffing company, Diverse Lynx. The company is based in Princeton, New Jersey, and operates as an IT staffing firm. The EEOC filed the suit because it claims the firm did not recommend an older applicant for a job because "age will matter."

Employers may want to pre-plan for changes in medical leave laws

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gave many employees some important rights that help them balance the needs of family life against their need to remain employed. The most important benefit, for many, was the right to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave off to recover from childbirth, deal with the illness of a sick relative, or deal with their own illness.

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