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Is This Your DNA? Jury Awards Millions to Employees Suspected of Dirty Deeds


Posted on June 25, 2015 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Bruce M. Bagdady

On June 22, 2015, a jury awarded two employees of a grocery warehouse $2.2 million in what may be the first case to go to a jury under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). It serves as a heads-up for employers. A Cheek Swab to Match DNA of the Culprit In this case, the employer... READ MORE

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Expired FMLA Forms Now Updated


Posted on June 1, 2015 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

Take a look at the FMLA forms you are now using and glance at the top right corner where you will see an OMB Control Number.  Just below that number, what does the expiration date say?  A safe bet is that the form you are using has expired!  But, all is not lost as the... READ MORE

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EEOC Settles Its First Systemic GINA Class Action Suit


Posted on January 20, 2014 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The EEOC’s first systemic lawsuit brought under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) has resulted in a defendant nursing and rehabilitation center agreeing to settle for $370,000 and other penalties as explained below. Employers will recall that GINA prohibits employers from discriminating and retaliating against employees or job applicants based on genetic information and... READ MORE

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New (Old) FMLA Forms Approved Through 2015 – GINA Safe Harbor Is Still Missing


Posted on February 29, 2012 in HR Insights for Health Care

Written by: Stephen W. Lyman

Many employers use the U.S. Department of Labor’s model FMLA forms as the basis of their paperwork in granting FMLA leaves.  Take a look at the top right hand corner of those forms.  It’s very likely that it says the form expires on December 31, 2011 (or even earlier).  In February the DOL issued... READ MORE

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