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Archive for November 2018

Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Struck Down

2018 has seen many local ordinances passed that would require employers to grant paid sick leave to all their workers within that jurisdiction. Austin, TX is one of the more recent cities to do this, but on November 16, 2018, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that would block it from being…

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The First Amendment On The Job: Employment & Free Speech

Most people in the U.S. learn about the Constitution’s First Amendment in school, and then rarely ever have cause to remember it again. However, its tenets are important later in life, when it comes to the types of speech that are protected and the places in which that speech is protected. The workplace is always…

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Mental Health Accommodations Under The ADA

Mental health diagnoses can be difficult for those who have to deal with them. Some progress is being made in the U.S. as to destigmatizing conditions like depression/anxiety, panic disorder and ADHD. However, it can still be difficult to come out with these diagnoses at work, especially since misinformation persists about them and about the…

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Politics & Potential Pitfalls in the Workplace

The political climate in this day and age is more charged than it has been in decades. This can create problems in the workplace—notably because not everyone’s political opinions will match. While differing opinions are a fact of life, too much disagreement can actually create a hostile work environment. South Carolina law has a few…

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What Is A Wage & Hour Claim?

Everyone who works in the U.S. has certain rights, including a guaranteed minimum wage, a 40-hour work week (and overtime if one works more, unless exempted), and the right to be free from exploitation. However, sometimes these rights do get tested by employers looking to squeeze out a profit, with pay-related claims being among the…

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