Human Resources News & Insights

Using forms and templates saves small HR shops’ time and sanity

As a one- or two-person shop wearing multiple hats in addition to HR — payroll and workplace safety are probably under your wing as well — protecting your time is a constant challenge. That includes not reinventing the wheel when it comes to the hundreds of forms you work with during a year. The good […] [MORE]

Walmart job changes create PR mess, draw EEOC attention

Walmart is already paying a heavy public relations price for its announced decision to eliminate the “Greeter” position at its U.S. stores, replacing those jobs with a new position it is calling “customer host.” Now it faces at least one lawsuit and numerous EEOC complaints alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Workplace lactation discrimination laws are expanding: Stay compliant

A recent lactation discrimination case in Delaware resulted in a $1.5 million jury award to a mother who sued when harassment from co-workers and supervisors caused her to stop pumping breast milk and subsequently lose her supply. 

Court: ADA doesn’t protect employees who verbally abuse colleagues

By now, employers are familiar with their responsibilities to provide reasonable accommodations to workers. But what if a disabled worker has an unreasonable request? 

The do’s and don’ts of ADA accommodations: 3 new rulings

Employers are facing more disability discrimination lawsuits than ever – despite their best compliance efforts. 

How letting an employee drink juice on the job could’ve saved this company $700K

  Most employers would be happy to deal with an accommodation request that was as simple as keeping a bottle of juice nearby. 

ADA: Is attendance automatically an essential job function? Court says …

  As HR pros already know, disabled employees still need to be able to perform the essential functions of their job, with or without an accommodation. 

Supreme Court declines ADA leave case: Why that’s not a bad thing

So the Supreme Court decided not to tackle whether extended leave is a reasonable ADA accommodation. But that could be more good news than bad for employers.

Court ruling highlights when alcoholism is and isn’t ADA-protected

A recent ADA lawsuit shows that saying you are disabled and proving it in court are two very different things. 

Cost of denying an employee extended leave? $4.5 million

Though several court rulings have sided with employers that denied extended leave as an ADA accommodation, the issue is far from settled. And a recent lawsuit shows that employers denying additional leave is still a risky proposition.