Is obesity considered a disability under the ADA?

By: | 06.10.19 | Common HR Questions
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately forty percent of American adults are considered obese. In 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. With the prevalence of obesity in our society, ...

Heard on the Employer’s Hotline – Part Two

By: | 05.22.19 | Common HR Questions
In part one, we reviewed 3 questions we have received recently on the employer’s hotline. While we discussed these questions briefly at the 2019 HR & Employment Law Conference, we share more detailed responses here. These are real questions (some details may ...

Heard on the Employer’s Hotline – Part One

By: | 05.09.19 | Common HR Questions
Thank you to all members and friends who attended MEA’s HR & Employment Law Conference, held on May 2, 2019. As part of the conference, we circulated several questions that have been “Heard on the MEA Hotline” over the past several months. These a...

How much communication is acceptable while an employee is on FMLA leave?

By: | 03.04.19 | Common HR Questions
Murphy’s law suggests that, even with careful planning, as soon as an employee goes out on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, the employee’s supervisor is going to need to ask the employee a question: for example, where to locate a document or to ge...

How do we handle employees working unauthorized overtime?

By: | 12.04.18 | Common HR Questions
Managers often ask whether employers must pay nonexempt employees for overtime worked without permission, especially when employees have been told that unauthorized overtime is prohibited. For example, what should the employer do about the employee who works through wh...

Are my employees exempt or non-exempt?

By: | 11.21.18 | Common HR Questions
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour law employers must classify all employees as either exempt or nonexempt. This classification determines how the employee should be paid to ensure legal compliance. As the name implies, exempt emp...