Has an employee who goes to work with the coronavirus aka COVID-19 and who infects a co-worker with this incurable, potentially fatal disease engaged in workplace violence? The answer is "possibly." Consider how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") defines workplace violence. According to OSHA: "Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It
UPDATE 3/30/20: Readers are reporting they are experiencing problems filing their u/c claims - this is due to the fact systems are overloaded by the unprecedented numbers of claims, some state systems have even crashed. DO NOT GIVE UP. Please keep trying. Consider filing your application during times when usage might be lower, such as in the middle of the night. The sooner your application is completed, the sooner you will receive your benefits. -----------------------------
Americans may be concerned about taking time off from work to care for a spouse, child or parent diagnosed with the corona virus for fear of losing group health insurance benefits at a time when these benefits are absolutely essential. In certain situations, the employee's job and all important group health insurance benefits would be protected by the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). The FMLA was enacted, in part, “to balance the demands of the workplace with t
Watch the following brief video for an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act which prohibits discrimination and harassment of employees and applicants on the grounds of disability or perception of a disability.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a position statement on how workplaces can be made safer in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Please go here for further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
During f/y 2019, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") received 7,514 new charges of sexual harassment in the workplace. This represented 16.8% of the EEOC's total caseload. Sexual favoritism is different from sexual harassment. Please watch the following short video discussing sexual harassment as compared to sexual favoritism in the workplace: The EEOC has published guideline on sexual favoritism. The complete document is available here: https:/
The May 18, 2018 Santa Fe High School mass shooting which left 10 dead, 13 wounded has been called by some "The school shooting America forgot." The now 19-year-old defendant was found unfit to stand trial last fall and thereafter was taken from his jail cell to a state psychiatric facility. Today we learned he will likely remain there for another 12 months. Meantime, the families and loved ones whose lives have been detrimentally impacted by this senseless tragedy continue
Our guest blogger today Joseph D. Bonczyk, artist and contributor to the WVPI, is an anti-bullying and violence prevention activist. Joseph is in process of creating his first independent film. "American Terrorist 2021. His film calls for an end to mass shootings of all kinds, including in schools which are workplaces to faculty and staff as well as where America's future, our children, are educated. In today's guest blog, Joseph has provided us with a trailer to his film whi
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") is the federal law which is administered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It prohibits harassment and discrimination against applicants and employees age 40 years and above. Please watch the following brief video for more information on the ADEA.