Posts Tagged ‘workplace’

employee lie detector test

The truth about lie detectors in the workplace

When something goes missing from the workplace, it may be tempting to turn to every detective show’s favorite cliché, the polygraph test. But are employers allowed to utilize such an examination? Congress addressed this question when it enacted the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988 (EPPA), 29 U.S.C. § 2001 et seq. In general, the…

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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana: An Action Plan for Employers

On June 26th, Oklahoma voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana by a 57% majority. The law, which is set to go into effect in late July, presents an all-new challenge in the workplace: balancing the rights of employees who possess a valid medical marijuana license with the needs of employers to maintain a safe, drug-free environment.

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Medical Marijuana in the Oklahoma Workplace

Charlie Plumb Kirk Turner On June 26, 2018, Oklahomans will go to the polls to vote on whether medical marijuana should be legalized in the state. While State Question 788 addresses several key questions regarding the treatment of employees and job applicants who possess a valid medical marijuana license, many other questions remain as to…

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Work schedule conflict leads to religious accommodation lawsuit

A recent decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (the jurisdiction that covers Oklahoma federal courts) provides another reminder that religious accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, and that proving “undue hardship” is often a high hurdle for employers. While a number of religious discrimination lawsuits in recent years have focused on…

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Diversity, Respect and Inclusion

Roberta Fields . Charlie Plumb In a culture that has become increasingly divisive on a number of fronts – including matters of race, religion, politics, ethnicity and gender, just to name a few – what can employers do to ensure that such tensions don’t permeate the workplace? Better yet, what can employers do to create…

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Keys to crafting an effective response to an EEOC discrimination charge

Once the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives a discrimination complaint from a current or former employee, the Commission begins gathering information about their allegations of discriminatory treatment. That process includes requesting the employer to provide relevant documents. Additionally, the EEOC typically asks the employer to submit its statement of position setting out its response…

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OSHA issues new whistleblower investigations manual with aggressive new standard

Employers are familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement of workplace safety standards, but OSHA also enforces the whistleblower provisions of 21 other federal laws in addition to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including the Affordable Care Act, Clean Air Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Pipeline Safety Improvement Act. A whistleblower is an…

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Five tips on preventing workplace violence

Acts of workplace violence have, unfortunately, become all too common. Workplace violence can include anything from minor physical altercations and threats to tragic and brutal attacks or shootings. For employers, preventing workplace violence can often seem like walking a tightrope between protecting people and avoiding (or defending) a lawsuit.

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