Communicable Diseases

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    According to a report from the White House, the H1N1 "swine flu" virus could kill anywhere from 30,000 to 90,000 people -- many of them young adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) released new guidelines urging employers to prepare NOW for a potential pandemic.   Let a nationally recognized authority on the ADA and an...
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    The Virginia General Assembly adjourned its 2009 session without passing any landmark employment laws. So we're taking this opportunity to review a few ABCs of some of Virginia's existing employment laws of which you should be aware. Affirmative action Must a public employer give preference to a particular...
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    Q An employee broke his hand (not on work time) about a month ago. The doctor restricted him from using his left hand at work. He hasn't requested, and we haven't suggested, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave because we have been giving him well over 40 hours of work while still abiding by the doctor's restrictions. We are...
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    Q An employee broke his hand (not on work time) about a month ago. The doctor restricted him from using his left hand at work. He hasn't requested, and we haven't suggested, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave because we have been giving him well over 40 hours of work while still abiding by the doctor's restrictions. We are...
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    The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that a law enforcement officer's failure to disclose his expunged convictions didn't prohibit him from pursuing a discrimination lawsuit against his employer, but after-acquired evidence of his wrongdoing could be used to significantly limit or potentially eliminate his remedies. Let's take a...
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    Q We have an employee who resigned with two weeks' notice. We asked her to leave the day she turned in her resignation, which we do with all employees at her level. We said we would pay her through that day and for any earned vacation time. She claims we have to pay her for the two-week notice period. Is she right? A If...
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    Q We recently received an anonymous call informing us that one of our cooks has hepatitis B. The cook admitted that he has had hepatitis for 30 years. Our general manager told him to get tested and bring in a note verifying the test. Instead, the cook went to the emergency room and brought back a note. To the best of our knowledge...
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    H-1B application date nears. Beginning April 1, employers can submit paperwork to acquire H-1B visas for fiscal year 2008. H-1B visas are usually used by employers to hire foreign workers in specialized fields such as architecture, engineering, and computer software. Generally, foreign workers who qualify for H-1B visas must have...
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    H-1B application date nears. Beginning April 1, employers can submit paperwork to acquire H-1B visas for fiscal year 2008. H-1B visas are usually used by employers to hire foreign workers in specialized fields such as architecture, engineering, and computer software. Generally, foreign workers who qualify for H-1B visas must have...
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    H-1B application date nears. Beginning April 1, employers can submit paperwork to acquire H-1B visas for fiscal year 2008. H-1B visas are usually used by employers to hire foreign workers in specialized fields such as architecture, engineering, and computer software. Generally, foreign workers who qualify for H-1B visas must have...
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