May 2018 Archives

Understanding caste discrimination

Tennessee residents may be unfamiliar with caste discrimination. They may not even have a firm understanding of what a caste is or what it may mean for their neighbors and co-workers. This unique discrimination problem is a growing issue due to the large influx of immigrants from countries that practice a caste hierarchy.

Potential guardrail recall highlights risk of defective products

The public typically puts a lot of faith in products and consumer goods. The average person assumes that items available for purchase in a store are safe for use and manufactured to a certain standard. However, companies are often more focused on profit than they are on consumer safety. That can lead to cutting corners in areas like safety testing, materials testing or even design.

The truth behind sexual harassment statistics

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and similar state groups reported more than 9,600 workplace sexual harassment complaints. However, that number is 41 percent lower than the more than 16,000 sexual harassment complaints in 1997. While that may sound like a good thing, workers in Tennessee have not likely experienced a 41 percent drop in harassment. Instead, the complaint process is largely being handled behind closed doors.

Labor Department guidelines address wage and hour issues

Employees in Tennessee and across the country may face an array of confusing problems related to proper payment for their hours worked. Unfortunately, many businesses try to cut corners and can avoid paying workers for time for which they should be compensated. Two April 2018 opinion letters from the Department of Labor attempt to clarify situations that have arisen for workers on the job that implicate the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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