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September 2015 Archives

Four Apps Your Employer will be Outlawing

"Outlaw" is a strong word; unless you have a company cell phone, your company can't tell you what apps you can or can't use at work. However, your company can require you to use these apps on your own time and not for company purposes. At the very least, you need to be on the lookout for company policies that restrict the use of certain apps and understand how they can affect you and your position before you become the person who gets to be the example.

Do Employers Need to add Restrooms just for Transgender Employees?

The White House recently added a gender-neutral bathroom, and that rankled a few of the administration's critics. But it lead some smaller employers to a bigger question: Is this something that is required of every workplace in order to accommodate future employees?

Are Your Interview Questions Illegal?

There are certain things we know that employers are not allowed to ask at an interview. They can't ask about your family life, your religion, your race or sexual preference. Asking any of these questions could indicate intent to discriminate based on your answers, which is the whole point of an interview, right? To decide whether or not to hire someone based on his or her responses.

Employment Law 101: Don't Call Your Employees "Old Farts"

At work, causal conversation can come back to haunt you, especially if you're a supervisor. As much as employees may feel like "at-will employment" is a carte blanche to fire anyone anytime, without reason, there are limits. And when past behavior paints a picture of discriminatory behavior, you can't hide behind the at-will employment banner.

The ADA Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago in July, the Americans with Disabilities Act was made into law in order to provide clear standards to address the discrimination against those with disabilities.