Beth Lincow Cole’s Guides

Beth Lincow Cole

Philadelphia Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. Weekend Workers: Can You Ask Employees to Choose Between Their Religion and Their Job?

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    Religious discrimination can be a greater concern for companies that operate seven days a week, as employees sometimes have religious conflicts with working on Saturdays or Sundays. For example, salon chain Supercuts recently agreed to pay $43,500 to settle a religious accommodat...

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  2. Are Your Employees Safe? OSHA Issues Workplace Violence Directive

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    Do you have policiesin place to address workplace violence? If you dont, consider the following facts and statistics. Workplace violence ranks among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. In addition, more than 3,000 people died from workplace homici...

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  3. To Surf or Not to Surf? Study Finds Employee Web Surfing Improves Productivity

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    If you discourage employeesfrom surfing the Internet during their lunch breaks, you may want to reconsider. According to a new study, surfing the Web can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity, compared to other activities such as making personal calls or e...

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  4. Is the Economic Downturn to Blame for Rise in Age Discrimination Claims?

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    As the economy continues to falter, many employers are faced with the difficult task of reducing their workforce. In order to avoid a further business disaster, it is important to ensure that any employment decisionsare based on the employees merits rather than their age. As evid...

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  5. Employee Military Deployment: What Are the Employee’s Obligations?

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    As we mentioned yesterday, growing numbers of our countrys workforce are being called to active military duty. Therefore, it is important for employers to be familiar with the employment laws governing employee military deployment. Todays post will specifically address the obli...

  6. The Benefits of Conducting Employee Evaluations

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    Yearly, or even quarterly, performance evaluations can be an extremely effective tool for employers as it provides a unique opportunity to address and document issues related to employee performance and conduct. Yet, many companies fail to conduct employee appraisals on a reg...

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  7. Are New OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements on the Horizon for Employers?

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, almost 3 years ago.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a proposal to update and revise two aspects of the agencys recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. According to OSHA, the proposed changes will better enable the agency, ...

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  8. Employers: Are You Confused About Overtime?

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, about 3 years ago.

    Employers concerned about overtime wages should take note of a recent Illinois employment case. In its opinion, the court characterized the plaintiff as picture-perfect example of an employee to whom the overtime requirement should not apply. The Applicable Regulation As emplo...

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  9. Reminder to New Jersey Employers: New Laws Now in Effect Regarding Unemployed Applicants

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, about 3 years ago.

    New Jersey employers are reminded that a new law took effect on June 1, 2011 that prevents employers from listing a current job as a prerequisite for employment in print or online advertisements. Employers who violate the law are subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for ...

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  10. Employers–Don’t Get Burned by the Department of Labor’s New Smart Phone App

    Written by attorney Beth Cole, about 3 years ago.

    A new smart phone application, or app, could make it harder for employers to defend wage and hour lawsuits. Thats because the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the launch of its first application for smartphones, a timesheet to help employees independently track the...

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