Quiz Corner: Working Under the Influence

Q: Are employees who come to work under the influence of an illegal substance covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? A: Under the ADA, employees who are currently engaged in illegal drug use are not considered qualified individuals with a disability. However, employees who are prescribed drugs to treat a condition are protected under … Continued

Uniform Maintenance Pay

If an employer requires uniforms for an employee, they must either maintain the uniforms or pay the employee a uniform maintenance pay. (Maintaining required uniforms includes washing, ironing, dry cleaning, alterations, repair or any other maintenance necessary.) This pay is in addition to the employee’s agreed rate of pay.

NYS Mandates Sexual Harassment Training

The New York State budget, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on April 13, 2018, contains new sexual harassment prevention requirements applicable to all New York employers. Some of these requirements are to be effective July 11, 2018, 180 days after the bill was signed.

Interview Best Practices

There is a right and a wrong way to get the information you need during the interview process. Test your knowledge by identifying if the following questions would be deemed appropriate to ask while interviewing a potential candidate.

Job Descriptions 101

Good job descriptions are a fundamental part of recruiting and retaining your staff. They are the cornerstone for important processes such as job postings, interviewing and selection, setting expectations, training and performance management.

Request Schedule Change After Disability Leave

An employee is out on disability leave. The employee calls to request to come back to work, but only working nights and weekends. Does the employer have to accommodate this request?

HSA Limit for Family Coverage Reduced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced changes to certain tax limits for 2018, including a reduced contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs) on March 5, 2018.

HR Seminar: Sexual Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace

Join us March 1, 2018, at Goldberg Segalla, for a panel discussion of current compliance issues, best practices and strategies for managing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. In addition, we will cover recent guidance, decisions and regulations issued by the NLRB, DOL, New York State and other agencies that will affect how you do business in 2018.

Quiz Corner: Leave of Absence for Deployment

Must an Employer Grant a Leave of Absence for Deployment? Q: One of my employees is a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She notified me that she has been asked by NDMS to deploy for hurricane victim medical assistance duty. I am short employees and need her to … Continued