Month: August 2016

Business & Travel Work Expenses

Business & Travel Work Expenses
Most employers have employees who travel on business.

To keep expenses under control and ensure ease of administration, most companies hae policies and procedures for company reimbursement of travel expenses. Policies for business travel and entertainment should be designed to support the employer’s business objectives as well as limit employee abuse.

Business and travel business expense policies vary considerably. Some employers reimburse for actual expenses while others pay a set daily amount to cover some or all cost.

An effective expense policy should include specifics on what and how much the employer will pay for travel, hotels, registration fees, meals, and miscellaneous expenditures

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/

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Accidents in the Workplace – What Employers Should Watch Out For

Accidents in the Workplace

Accidents in the Workplace

An accident is any unplanned event that results in personal injury or property damage.

Workplace safety programs are designed to prevent workplace accidents by improving the work environment and employee work practice. For example, the proper use of signs or symbols to indicate specific workplace hazards are essential ways to helping employees spot possible hazards and avoid workplace accidents.

Also, safety meetings also provide a great way to communicate safe practices to employees and prevent accidents.

Also, it’s a good idea for employers to keep accidents records as this could help with possible lawsuits in the future. Further, training employees to adapt safe practice will also help prevent accidents.

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/

What is Child Labor and What is Prohibited?

What is Child Labor and What is Prohibited

The child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prohibit employers from hiring minors (children under the age of 18) to work at dangerous occupations, for an excessive number of hours, and at unsuitable times of the day or night.

States also have child labor laws and when state and federal laws differ, the stricter law applies.

There are separate rules for minors under 18, under 16, and under 14 years of age, both on the number of hours and times of the day and year they may work, as well as the types of work that they are allowed to perform.

In addition, there are rules on proof of age, minors driving motor vehicles, minimum wage rates, children working in agriculture, and work under federal contracts.

Severe penalties may be imposed on employers that violate child labor laws.

Also, employers are prohibited from retaliating or otherwise discriminating against an employee who files a complaint or participates in a legal proceeding under the Act.

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/

How Am I Protected from Disabilities Discrimination?

disabilities-discrimination

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability discrimination.

In the workplace, employers cannot discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability.

Employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodation” if it doesn’t involve undue hardship.

In order to broaden to protection, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) significantly broadened the definition of disability, shifting the focus away from whether an individual has a disability and toward whether discrimination occurred.

Some states, such as California and Massachusetts have broader disability discrimination laws. Most states have laws prohibiting disability discrimination and genetic information discrimination in the workplace.

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/

What is Age Discrimination?

What is Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers with 20 or more employees from discriminating against employees or applicants on the basis of their age.

However, keep in mind that individuals must be at least 40 years of age to be covered by the ADEA. Different age groups may be protected under state law and smaller employers may be subject to state requirements.

Harassment of employees on the basis of age is also unlawful discrimination.

The Act also protects an older worker’s disability payments, retirement incentives, life insurance, pension, and retirement plans.

Many states also have fair employment laws that prohibit age discrimination.

David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com/