September 2017 Archives

Federal appeals court affirms jury award for FMLA retaliation

Arizona employers should take care to avoid retaliating against employees who take valid family leaves or request reasonable accommodations for physical conditions. A decision from a federal appeals court signals judicial support for employee rights in regards to family leave and breastfeeding accommodations.

Can I take FMLA if my child is autistic?

Getting a diagnosis for your child is extremely time-consuming and mentally draining. You probably had to take a lot of time off of work to help them get to doctor's appointments, speech therapy appointments, occupational therapy and school. There were the IEP meetings and the teacher meetings and the caregiver arrangements, and that was all while you were trying to hold down a full-time job. What's a parent to do?

Blacks, Latinos still facing discrimination in the job market

A meta-study by researchers from the U.S. and Norway ndicates that black and Latino workers still struggle to get fair treatment when it comes to employment. Race may play an important role during the job hunt, in Arizona and across the country, despite the efforts of legislators and others in recent years.

DACA and employment law

Some Arizona business owners are likely employing people who are protected by DACA. However, if they employ them after their work permits expire, those owners could face jail time or a fine for doing so. Although DACA may be ending soon, employers are urged to refrain from terminating workers or asking about their immigration status as this could be seen as discrimination.

High rates of sexual harassment suffered by physical therapists

Certain industries and types of jobs have higher rates of sexual harassment than others. One of the most prominent examples is restaurant work. Women (and men) who work in food service experience higher rates of sexual harassment than workers in most other industries.

Natural disasters, FMLA leave and the FLSA

Arizona companies must still abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act even in cases of natural disaster. This means that in most cases, an employee cannot volunteer to work for an employer for free and must be paid overtime regardless of circumstances.

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