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Employment

- New laws regarding discrimination, captive audience presentations regarding unions, and employees failing drug tests.

State Legislature Wrap-Up: Background Checks

- Continuing with a trend that began several years ago, many states are requiring that criminal background checks be conducted on individuals in certain jobs, such as in childcare or healthcare settings.

How to Encourage Cooperation

- How to turn a competitive work environment into a cooperative one.

Drug Use and Testing in the Workplace

- A drop in positive workplace drug tests.

Connecticut - Employment Law

- A bill (H.B. 371) under consideration in the Connecticut General Assembly would outlaw bullying in the workplace. The law would make it illegal for employers to subject workers to conduct that is abusive. Abusive conduct is defined as any action, committed with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile or offensive. Examples include repeated infliction of verbal abuse or sabotaging or undermining a person's work performance.

West Virginia - Employment Law

- A bill (H.B. 2346) introduced in West Virginia would make it illegal for employers to mandate employee attendance at certain types of meetings. Employees would not be required to attend meetings that deal with the employer's opinions on politics, religion, or labor unions.

Genetic Discrimination

- A bill (S. 358) introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-WA) would prohibit discrimination based on genetic information has been approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Retaliation

- A former employee of an Atlantic City hotel must prove his discrimination charge was made in good faith and show it wasn't just a way to set up a retaliation charge when he was fired.

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

- Industry leader reviews top text on psychopaths in the workplace.

Sexual Harassment

- A male assistant manager at a truck stop filed charges of sexual harassment when the company responded to his complaint by forcing him to move to another location 120 miles away; the courts ruled that it constituted an adverse action.

Religious Discrimination

- A medical testing company was sued by a former employee for religious discrimination, because it wanted him to work Saturday, his Sabbath. The court ruled in the company's favor, finding no religious discrimination.

Working Through Emotional Turmoil

- How should managers deal with their staff's emotional problems after a crisis?

Drug Testing

- Workers in safety-sensitive positions, who must be drug tested, showed record low use in 2006 according to Quest Diagnostics - Drug Testing Index. When random testing is done on the general work force, usage rates are higher - 5.5 percent compared to 1.5 percent.
 




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