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November 2013 Archives

Employee classification at issue in Maryland case

A federal judge recently ruled in favor of a Maryland woman who had been working as a dancer at a nightclub for about five years when she was fired in 2012. The woman sued seeking payment for back wages since she believed she had been wrongfully terminated. The case rested on whether or not the dancer was engaged at the nightclub as an employee or an independent contractor. The judge ruled that based on the facts she was in fact an employee and therefore is entitled to compensation.

Father sues over company’s paternity policy

It might surprise readers to hear that when compared with other developed nations, the United States is considered to have some of the worst policies regarding parental leave when a new child is born or adopted. Under the Family Medical Leave Act, job-protected leave is guaranteed for up to 12 weeks, but it is all unpaid unless an employer has their own policy that allows paid time off. This means that for many families, taking time off under the FMLA may not be financially feasible and puts them in the difficult position of deciding whether to stay home a little longer or to hire someone to help with childcare, which can also be expensive for a newborn.

Retailer bans criminal records questions on job applications

Nationwide retailer Target has announced that they will no longer ask applicants whether or not they have a criminal history as a part of their routine job application form. The company will still check criminal histories, but will wait until later in the process.

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