Out dated personnel practices can cost you!

I titled this “personnel” practices rather than HR practices because, as you will see, what this company did reflects pre-2000 ways of thinking. Many companies still operate this way and they are bound to suffer for it at some point. Pre-hire medical forms The Americans with Disabilities Act has been around since 1990. In the …

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Outdated medical forms can cost you!

On January 7th, the EEOC announced they reached a settlement with a company that was using pre-GINA medical forms. It cost them a settlement and two years of monitoring from the EEOC as well as training for supervisors and HR. Obviously someone missed the ball on this one. GINA The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was …

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Is your wellness program illegal according to the EEOC?

With pronouncements such as “sitting is the new smoking” and the surge in Type II diabetes, wellness programs have become very popular today. Many companies see multiple benefits to wellness for both the employee and the company. But there is a dark side to these plans declares the EEOC and they have declared some plans …

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What Can You Ask about an FMLA Medical Certification?

  In a recent class one of the topics we covered was the Family and Medical Leave Act. We all agreed that one of the difficulties of dealing with the FMLA (among many) is getting additional information in order to make an informed decision on a requested leave due to the employee’s personal medical condition. …

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GINA Lawsuits are Becoming More Common

  When the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was first published many people were puzzled. They thought “We don’t collect genetic information. We are not taking swabs and running to the lab, so how are we going to get in trouble with this law?” Well companies are getting in trouble and GINA lawsuits are becoming …

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Genetic Information NonDiscrimination: Will This Lead to Smokers Being Protected?

There was a recent article in USA Today entitled Coffee Additction May Be Grounded in Genes. The article states that there is a consumption gene that appears to dictate either high consumption of caffeine or low consumption of caffeine. The head researcher is quoted saying “People don’t really suspect it, but genetics plays a big …

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GINA Final Regulations are Effective 1/10/2011: Are You Ready?

I received in my email a notification that Monday, January 10th is the date that the FINAL regulations on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act are effective. Many of you may have received the same thing. If not I am going to summarize the provisions you need to be aware of in order to be prepared. …

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GINA: Put the DNA on the ground, Step Away and No one will get hurt

GINA, or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was passed in 2008. It passed unnoticed by many companies because much of the emphasis was originally put on Title I of the Act which set down the standards for use of genetic information by health insurance companies. So most companies, particulary small ones, did not think it applied …

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OOPS Can't Ask That: The Impact of GINA At Work

When the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which went into effect last November, was first passed many HR types scratched their heads and said that they thought it was not really anything that would have day to day application to them. Indeed I was one of them. However, an article that appeared in both the print …

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HR Carnival of Giving

Mike VanDervort, of the Human Race Horses, put together a group of 86 blog posts on a wide variety of HR topics in the HR Carnival of Global Giving. He also combined each with the writer’s favorite charity in the spirit of the season. He also personally donated to these charities and encourages everyone to …

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