Monthly Archives: February 2012

DOT BANS CELL PHONE USE IN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

As of January 3, 2012, a new regulation from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prohibits drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) from using hand-held mobile phones while driving. The prohibition includes periods when the CMV is stationary at traffic lights, stop signs, or in heavy traffic. CMV drivers may still use a hand-held mobile… Read more »

THE MILLION-DOLLAR PROBLEM WITH NO-FAULT ATTENDANCE POLICIES

Verizon has learned the hard way about the problems associated with no-fault attendance polices. The bottom line: If you have such a policy, you might face unnecessary exposures in enforcing it. On July 6th 2011, the EEOC announced that Verizon settled a multi-million dollar case based on the company’s no-fault attendance policy. Here’s a summary… Read more »

LEAVE ABUSE RESULTS IN LAWFUL TERMINATION

An employee who had a suspicious pattern of using intermittent FMLA leave on Fridays and holidays could not state an FMLA claim after she was terminated for calling for FMLA leave while on a pre-planned trip to Las Vegas. In Crewl v. Port Authority of Allegheny County, the plaintiff had been certified for (and granted… Read more »

SOCIAL MEDIA AND DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEES

I watched one public company’s stock valuation drop by more than $1 million in one day due to a social media post that one of its disgruntled employees had placed. I’ve seen cases in which employees have cursed at their bosses, spread ill-will about them through the Internet, and literally stuck out their tongues at… Read more »

FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR CRIMINALS: THE STATE OF THE LAW

Many of us behaved during our juvenile and adolescent years because parents and authorities told us that any transgression would “go on our permanent record.” This was usually followed by the reminder that “the world needs ditch diggers, too.” It turns out that few convictions pose an insurmountable obstacle to a career, including the practice… Read more »

DRUG TESTING PROTOCOLS UPDATE

The Department of Transportation requires employers to test drivers for drugs — for good reason. There are highly specific guidelines for employers to follow. Whether you’re a DOT candidate or not, these are perhaps the best guidelines you can find and should help you think through your commitment to a drug-free workplace. Note that the… Read more »

A GOOD REASON TO LIMIT INTERNET ACCESS

While doing some SEO homework, I looked at a listing of the top 500 search terms. I don’t know about you, but it looks to me that most people waste a lot of time on the Internet, at work and at home. Given the search requests, it’s probably not a bad idea to add content… Read more »

UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY INSURANCE

The two types of Disability insurance policies are Long-Term Disability and Short-Term Disability. Long-Term Disability insurance policies have waiting periods lasting at least several weeks, which might ultimately last up to several months. Their maximum benefit periods range between a few years and the remaining lifetime of an insured individual. Short-Term Disability insurance policies have… Read more »

IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE LIFE COVERAGE

Many Americans do not have adequate Life insurance coverage. The number of people going without sufficient insurance is high enough that it has gained the attention of researchers. The number of Americans who don’t have Life insurance is more than 90 million. Researchers believe that this number is related to the lack of jobs. One… Read more »