Posts by Audra Parton

WHEN IS REASONABLE SUSPICION DRUG TESTING JUSTIFIED?

Scenario 1: Separating Fact from Fiction One of your employees has recently exhibited changes in behavior that could be signs of impairment, including increased irritability, more frequent breaks, and persistent sniffles/runny nose. While these symptoms might raise concerns because of what you have seen on television, basing a reasonable suspicion drug test solely on that […]

WHEN FMLA ENDS: MANAGING NEXT STEPS

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a crucial piece of legislation offering eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period for various family and medical reasons. These include childbirth and infant care within one year of birth, adoption or foster care placement within one year of placement, caring […]

MANAGING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMPLIANCE

While many employers understand the significance of affirmative action in the employment realm, they may not realize the mandate for an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) under federal law. As a condition of doing business with the federal government, qualifying contractors or subcontractors must have an AAP in place for the purpose of promoting equal employment […]

CRAFTING EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS THAT WORK

Employee handbooks serve as the cornerstone of the employer-employee relationship, outlining legal rights, employee responsibilities, and company expectations. A well-crafted employee handbook, concise yet comprehensive, not only informs but also mitigates legal risks and misunderstandings. It can be a challenge to know what to include in an employee handbook. A challenge that is made harder […]

ENSURING COMPLIANCE WHEN EMPLOYING MINORS

As summer approaches, many high school students are seeking opportunities for seasonal employment. This presents an excellent opportunity for employers in need of part-time or temporary assistance during the warmer months. However, it’s crucial to be mindful of the youth employment regulations when considering hiring minors. Both Nevada and federal law take child labor issues […]

A LIFELINE WHEN NAVIGATING DIFFICULT EMPLOYEE ISSUES

Imagine navigating an employee relations situation that you haven’t dealt with before.  When your leadership is counting on you to handle it and employees are seeking support, having immediate access to guidance and advice is essential.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a lifeline?  A place of support, knowledge, and information, right at your fingertips?  […]

PREPARING FOR THE FLSA SALARY THRESHOLD INCREASE

One of the most costly mistakes an employer can make is misclassifying employees, particularly regarding salary exempt status and overtime eligibility. Employers found by enforcement agencies to have misclassified their employees may face significant damages. The Department of Labor has placed a renewed focus on the enforcement of proper classification of workers. As such, one […]

COMMON EMPLOYMENT TERMS & WHAT THEY MEAN

In the realm of employment, precision in language is paramount. Every word holds significance, shaping the understanding between employers and employees. Whether it’s person-to-person communication or documentation for future reference, the accuracy of language is crucial in various employment scenarios, including re-hire decisions, unemployment claims, grievances, disciplinary actions, hearings, arbitrations, and lawsuits. Below is a […]

TOP MANAGER MISTAKES: AVOIDING COSTLY ERRORS

Neglecting to train and educate managers and supervisors ranks among the most detrimental mistakes a company can make. This oversight not only poses significant risks but also invites potentially costly repercussions. Investing in the training of managers is paramount to mitigating these risks effectively. Mistakes are inevitable in any professional setting, but certain errors made […]

NAVIGATING DISABILITY-RELATED INQUIRIES IN EMPLOYMENT

Navigating the intricacies of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerning disability-related inquiries and medical examinations is crucial for employers to avoid potential claims or lawsuits. This article breaks down the ADA guidelines across different stages of employment, clarifying permissible actions and highlighting key considerations. The ADA breaks down hiring into three stages: pre-offer, post-offer […]

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