Military Service

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    Indiana's General Assembly recently amended the Indiana Civil Rights Act (ICRA) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of an applicant's or employee's status as a veteran. Although federal and Indiana law already provide substantial employment protections for veterans and military servicemembers, as well as their families, you should use this...
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    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division, recently granted summary judgment (pretrial dismissal) to the city of Plymouth in a case brought under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by a police officer who was also a member of the Air Force Reserves. The police officer...
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    The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) went into effect almost 20 years ago, and many states, including Maine, have passed companion legislation. When we think about USERRA and state law, most of us think about the right to job- protected leave. Generally, servicemembers are entitled to take a leave of absence for...
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    We hope that by the time you read this, the snow and ice is melted and spring is around the corner. Just like spring cleaning your home, it's always a good idea to freshen up your workplace policies and procedures. Here are some ideas. Employee manual/handbook One of the first things to review is your employee manual or handbook. Is it current...
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    In theory, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that recognizes an employee’s need for unforeseen leave while minimizing the costs and efforts of the employer. It sounds simple enough to say that an employee can receive up to 12 weeks (or, up to 26 weeks where applicable) of unpaid leave a year for certain reasons and can then...

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    There may be no other subject in the state of California that evokes the greatest cringe in HR professionals than family and medical leave. Noncompliance can have grave consequences. The interplay of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and California's pregnancy disability leave (PDL) regulations with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (...
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    On August 27, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a final rule intended to promote the hiring and employment of veterans by federal government contractors. The rule makes changes to the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), which...
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    Hotel franchisee agrees to pay back wages. A Days Inn franchisee in San Bernardino has agreed to pay $123,678 in back wages and liquidated damages to 16 housekeeping employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping violations. Investigators...
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    On August 27, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a final rule intended to promote the hiring and employment of veterans by federal government contractors. The rule makes changes to the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), which...
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    On August 27, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a final rule intended to promote the hiring and employment of veterans by federal government contractors. The rule makes changes to the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), which...
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