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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 31 Aug 2014

Amended executive orders expand employment discrimination prohibitions

Since 1974 - just 10 years after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed - Congress has made repeated attempts to introduce and pass…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 12 Aug 2014

EEOC amps up attack on background checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 11 Aug 2014

Employee fired for failing to cooperate with FMLA leave approval process

Managing employees' FMLA leave can be one of the most challenging and frustrating responsibilities for an HR department. So what can an employer do…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 11 Aug 2014

For goodness sake! Taking cause-related marketing rules to heart

Whether it's an organization that is close to the CEO's heart, a response to a local tragedy, or a PR move to distract from some unpleasant news…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 6 Aug 2014

Lifting restrictions weigh down employees' ADA claims

Two recent court decisions considered whether employees who had permanent lifting restrictions were "qualified individuals" entitled to relief under…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 28 Jul 2014

Employers can pay adoption expenses for their employees

Almost 40 years ago now, a young mother had the courage to give me up for adoption to my parents who could not themselves have children. All of my…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 23 Jul 2014

Not a ‘team player’… or sex discrimination?

From time to time, employers discharge employees because they're "not a good fit" or "not a team player." While these may be perfectly good reasons…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 22 Jul 2014

Ads promoting charity donations fall under local, federal rules

Disasters, public tragedies and charity drives often spur businesses to engage in cause-related marketing. In most instances, customers are typically…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 9 Jul 2014

Are your HIPAA ducks in a row?

In 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) established the HIPAA Pilot Audit Program to ensure compliance…
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McAfee & Taft PC | USA | 8 Jul 2014

Oklahoma employer not responsible for workplace prank

Car dealerships must be a Mecca for pranks. The combination of substantial periods of downtime with a lively sales staff leads to workplace fun. But…
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