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Drug testing during the hiring process

Drug testing during hiring procedures and interviews has become more popular these days. An increasing number of employers have started testing prospective employees. Those who are already working for the organization might have to go through these tests regularly. The United States law is complicated when it comes to drug testing of prospective employees.

How employee and contractor payroll taxation differs

Payroll taxes are withheld from an employee’s paycheck by the employer. It is paid as federal income tax and includes withholding taxes, state income taxes, social security taxes and Medicare taxes as well. The tax is paid according to the salary, compensation and benefits received by the employee. Certain expenditures like nontaxable moving expenses are excluded and withheld during the taxation process.

Employee rights during jury duty

Juries are an important part of the democratic and judicial system of the United States. Jurors should respect their duty and show up to become part of the legal system. However, sometimes jurors complain that coming for jury duty leads to economic losses for them. Both employees and employers must compromise when it comes to jury duty because it is a democratic duty of every citizen.

When to expect your last paycheck

If an employee is fired for job performance issues or due to downsizing or if the employee quit voluntarily, the state and federal laws urge the employer to pay the final check within the specified time period. In case of failure to do so, the employee has a legal right to file a complaint against the employer. Though most employers end up in such situations out of mere ignorance, they may have to deal with the consequences if they fail to comply.

Reasons that qualify for FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act gives employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of leave in order deal with domestic, medical and family problems. Under the act, a medical emergency is defined as any illness or impairment, mental or physical, that requires inpatient care or continuous medical treatment. The act only includes family members, children or spouses, ill-health of whom can entitle a person for FMLA-related leave.

Security cameras and surveillance in the workplace

Technological advancements have increased the amount of security and surveillance in the workplace. Cameras and other types of surveillance equipment are legal, but there are several laws and constraints for the employers. The law has set certain legal limitations for using surveillance equipment, and employers must abide by these regulations. Employers who violate these regulations may face severe ramifications.

What is a qui tam complaint?

A qui tam action lawsuit is brought forward by an individual who believes an organization is defrauding the government in a particular way. In most cases, the person taking action is an employee of the organization. A qui tam claim allows the government to recover the amount lost because of fraud. The employee who comes forward with the information might receive a small percentage of the recovery as a reward.

You're fired! The guide to political talk in the workplace

With less than two weeks to go until the 2016 Presidential election, political news coverage and opinions are at an all time high. Perhaps they have even trickled into the water cooler talk in your workplace. Although you likely have a few friends at work with whom you feel comfortable expressing your thoughts, not everyone agrees that political talk in the workplace is a banner idea.

Employee privacy at the workplace

The privacy of employers has become a great concern in recent years because of technological advancements. Most companies have started using information technology as a medium of communication, thus employee privacy might be at risk in certain circumstances. Organizations provide their employees with accounts that they can use while working at the office. Even though these accounts seem safe, there is still a chance that personal information could be leaked. Employee privacy may also be violated by the organization through surveillance, drug tests, background checks or unlawful searches.