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April 2016 Archives

Accommodating psychiatric disabilities in the workplace

Employers and workers in Minneapolis may understand that the Americans with Disabilities Act protects disabled persons from discrimination in the workplace. However, these disabilities take many forms, and not all of them are readily visible. Many people may not be aware that the ADA also provides protection for workers who suffer from some mental health conditions.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

Many employers in Minnesota establish retirement plans for their workers as a part of their benefits packages. While companies are not required to offer these, if the plans are available, there is a federal law that regulates them. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, this law is known as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

Can workplace bullying count as disability discrimination?

It is a sad fact that in many cases, bullying continues past the school years. Some people never grow out of the need to humiliate and demean others. If you or someone you know is disabled and the subject of being bullied at work, you may take heart in knowing that such action is prohibited by law. Workplace bullying can be considered a form of harassment or discrimination in Minnesota.

The dubious effectiveness of verbal contracts during employment

Employees as well as employers can benefit from a contract that outlines what is expected on the job. At Neaton & Puklich, P.L.L.P., we are frequently asked about the effectiveness of different types of employment contracts. With most companies in Minneapolis, signing an employment contract is typical upon hiring. However, there are some instances when you might feel that you don't need a contract. Agreeing to work solely by verbal agreement is known as an oral or verbal contract.