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Business Law

Indiana Chamber’s updated 'Eemployment Law Handbook' available

INDIANAPOLIS | A new version of the popular “Employment Law Handbook” is now available from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

November 30, 2013 9:56 am

Job descriptions are important

Accurate and current job descriptions are of great importance to employers. This is especially true under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The ADA protects qualified individuals with disabilities who are able to perform the essential duties of their jobs, with or without reasonable accom…

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Appeals court orders new trial in Mittal suit

A federal appellate court set aside a lower court's jury verdict Friday that partly invalidated a patent ArcelorMittal held on a type of steel product produced in Indiana that has automotive industry applications.

December 04, 2012 1:00 pm

Court: Companies cannot use subsidiaries to reduce taxes

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier businesses cannot create subsidiaries consisting essentially of the original company in order to reduce their unemployment insurance tax rate, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday.

October 05, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: USERRA leave differs from FMLA leave

For employers, it is difficult to comply with just one of the employment statutes we often discuss. Just think how difficult it is when the employer must coordinate two or three statutes at the same time.

May 29, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: What is a similarly situated employee?

To prevail on a sex discrimination claim, a female employee must demonstrate that similarly situated men, subject to the same company policy, were treated more favorably.

April 17, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: Same-sex sexual harassment claims

Same-sex sexual harassment claims are rare. However, this type of harassment can be unlawful. An employer will be held liable if the victim's gender is a contributing factor for the offensive conduct.

April 03, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: Hostile environment claim can be based on single act

In order to maintain a hostile work environment claim, an employee must establish in part that she was subjected to unwelcome conduct due to her protected status (e.g., gender, race, age, etc.) and that the negative conduct was so severe or pervasive that it created a hostile environment.

March 13, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: Wage and hour claims increase

There was a time when most litigation arose at intersections, when cars, and later attorneys, collided. Now, unfortunately, the workplace is the most fertile place of litigation.

February 27, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: Employees in active service

One fact will not change as we enter 2011: the war on terrorism will continue, and many of the sacrifices will be borne by our employees.

January 16, 2011 12:26 pm

BUSINESS LAW: Fair pay claims limited

The Fair Pay Act (sometimes called the Ledbetter Act) was the first piece of legislation signed by President Barack Obama. It is a discrimination statute aimed at prohibiting pay decisions from being made on a discriminatory basis (e.g., gender, age, race, national origin, etc.).

December 05, 2010 12:00 am

BUSINESS LAW: Same-sex sexual harassment can be unlawful

Same-sex sexual harassment claims are rare. However, this type of harassment can be unlawful.

November 21, 2010 2:34 pm

Heed worker harassment claims

It is imperative that employers have adequate  anti-harassment policies, that the policies are publicized and that supervisors are trained in them. But even the best written policy fails when not enforced.

August 22, 2010 12:00 am
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