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December 2013 Archives

Affordable Care Act Expands Whistleblower Protections for Employees

For many years, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) - a division of the U.S. Department of Labor - has provided protections to employees by establishing programs, policies and procedures aimed at creating safe and healthy working conditions for all U.S. workers.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Plaintiff Jennifer Latowski was a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) for North Woods' Nursing Center in Farwell, Michigan. When the employer learned she became pregnant, they required her to get a doctor's note stating that she had no physical restrictions in order to continue working. They did this even though Jennifer had not asked for any restrictions or accommodations, and was fully capable of performing her job. However, after her physician faxed a note stating, "No restrictions except no lifting over 50 lbs.," North Woods fired her because of this restriction.

University of Michigan Human Resource and Administrative Jobs Saved...For the Moment

Some University of Michigan Human Resource and Financial Services workers can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now. The University has announced that it will put consolidation plans on a temporary hold after an awkward roll out of the cost saving plan. The irony surely isn't lost by the affected HR professionals.

What To Say - and Not Say - When You're Fired

"What do I say about my last job?" 90% want to know the answer to this question. Unfortunately, there is no "one size fits all" answer. Sometimes I can spend a hour or more with a client just working on the possible answers and the various implications. There are, however, some durable concepts that ought to be respected.

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