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Questions In an Interview You Don’t Have to Answer

It is illegal for an employer to ask certain questions during an interview. Any question whose answer can be used to discriminate against a candidate, such as a question about when he or she plans to start a family, where he or she was born, or which holidays he or she celebrates, is an illegal…

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What are the Subtle Signs of a Hostile Work Environment?

A hostile work environment is a workplace environment where employees feel uncomfortable and even victimized because of the actions of their colleagues and supervisors. Actions present in hostile work environments can include bullying, harassment, unfair treatment, and supervisors “playing favorites” with particular employees. A hostile work environment is not always obvious. Although it can be…

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New York’s New Paid Family Leave Statute

On January 1, 2018, the New York State Paid Family Leave Program will go into effect, giving New York the most comprehensive, pro-family paid leave policy in the nation. From 2018 to 2021, the number of weeks workers are permitted to take off to attend to family needs will gradually increase from eight to 12….

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Can I Be Fired for Something I Do Outside of Work?

Yes. If you are an at-will employee, which is the case for most private sector employees, your employer can choose to fire you for your actions outside the office. In today’s world of social media, it can be easy to make inappropriate comments or posts or be tagged engaging in inappropriate behavior. Examples of inappropriate…

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Why Has There Been a Rise in Disability Discrimination Claims in 2017?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the number of disability discrimination claims filed in the United States increased in 2016, part of a growing trend of workplace disability discrimination claims. That year, more than 28,000 claims of disability discrimination were filed with the EEOC, 5,680 of which were deemed to be actual cases…

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Legal Protections for Job Applicants

When you go to a job interview, it is important to remember that you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Take note of the tone of the interviewer’s questions, the culture of the company, and the expectations of the job that go beyond its day-to-day tasks. For example, you might…

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Which Healthcare Benefits are my Employer Required to Provide?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been a hot topic in the news since its inception. Recently, it has been the focus of discussion following President Trump’s announcement that he will “repeal and replace” the act. Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses that employ 50 or more full-time employees must provide 95 percent…

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“Day Without Women” Marches Highlight the Contributions Women Make to America’s Economy

On March 8, 2017, women and men across the nation opted not to show up for work and instead, to attend rallies, marches, and other feminist gatherings to show support for the Day Without a Woman. By staying home from work, strikers demonstrated the contributions women make to our economy through their paid positions as…


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Recognize and Take Action Against Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment is the use of offensive or threatening behavior to maintain a specific power dynamic in a workplace. It can take many forms, some of which seem innocuous at a first glance, like jokes about certain groups or belittling nicknames for individuals in the workplace. But when this behavior harms an individual’s ability to perform…

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Learn About Your Paternity Leave Rights

Although you are not guaranteed to receive paid paternity leave like new fathers in some other countries around the world receive, American fathers have as much of a right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a baby as new mothers have, provided they meet the longevity and full-time…

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