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Can Employers Force Flu Shots on Employees?

Employers can force many things upon employees -- meetings or events where attendance is mandatory or a specific start time each day, just to name a couple. But, you may wonder how far can an employer's control reach? Well, under most circumstances, an employer can force its employees to get a flu shot.

However, note the "under most circumstances" part of that sentence because certain situations may create a case of employment discrimination. For example, according to a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice, a woman in Wisconsin was given the option of getting a flu shot or getting fired, despite the fact that she claimed a religious exemption from the policy.

Firing People Over Sexual Orientation Is Illegal, Circuit Court Rules

It's time to add another reason to the (lengthy) list of reasons why businesses shouldn't discriminate against LGBT workers. Besides turning off customers and courting controversy, it's now illegal under federal law in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. There's a reasonable chance that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon extend that decision nationwide as well.

Lawsuit Claims Vice Media Pays Women Less

Vice Media, which operates the Viceland cable channel, is the latest company to face allegations of discrimination against female employees. Elizabeth Rose, a former employee of Vice Media, has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that Vice Media discriminates against its female employees by "systematically and intentionally paying them less than their male counterparts."

The complaint alleges that as part of her job, Rose received internal memos showing the salaries of approximately 35 Vice Media employees, which showed that women "made far less than male employees for the same or substantially similar work."

Do Businesses Have to Give Federal Holidays Like President's Day Off?

The third Monday of February has been declared by the federal government to be President's Day. This means that government workers generally get that day off. But what about people in the private industry? While a day off is nice -- whether you're an employee or the owner -- it may not be the best choice for your business. After all, when there are other people who have the day off, it may be a prime day for your business. So, which holidays do businesses have to give off to their employees?

Lululemon CEO Resigns Over Misconduct

Usually when people are fired, it's because of their work performance. Maybe they took lunches that were too long or kept showing up late to work or simply couldn't perform the job up to the company's standards. But sometimes, it's also possibly to fire an employee for off duty conduct.

It appears that this may have happened in the case of Lululemon's CEO, Laurent Potdevin, who resigned over misconduct. It's not clear exactly what Potdevin did, but according to reports, Lululemon expects "all employees to exemplify the 'highest level of integrity and respect for one another,' and Potdevin failed to meet these standards." But, what's the best way to fire an employee to avoid a wrongful termination lawsuit down the line?

When to Fire an Employee for a Crime

While there may be several reasons for wanting to fire an employee, it's important to make sure that you're doing it for the right reasons. There are, after all, illegal reasons for terminating an employee's job. Generally, however, employees are fired for work performance, which can include anything from not doing the job well to being late or absent too often.

As long as you follow the correct procedure, firing an employee for work performance reasons is usually legal. But, there are also other reasons that may lead to firing an employee, including certain extracurricular activities. One reason you may want to fire an employee is because he or she committed a crime.

We live in politically-charged times, and we often don't check our opinions at the office door. And even if we do, the internet has an amazing knack for carrying them into work anyway.

From loose water cooler talk to social media posts that go viral, employees can often put their foot in their employer's mouth. So can you limit your workers' free speech? And do you have a legal obligation to accommodate it in the workplace? Here are a few helpful articles, from our archives:

While some of us would love to close up shop in the midst of a "bomb cyclone," we may not have that luxury, putting employers in the unenviable position of asking employees to work in some frigid conditions. From postmen to presidents, most of us still have to go to work in cold weather, so the question then becomes how to keep your workers safe from some of the most common winter work injuries.

Here are some tips:

The Golden State has long been one of the most worker-friendly when it comes to everything from minimum wage to paid time off. California continues to roll out employee protections in 2018, prohibiting employers from including questions regarding salary history or criminal convictions on applications, or even inquiring during job interviews.

And these are just two major changes California employers need to be aware of in the coming year. Here's what you need to know for your small business.

Harvey Weinstein might've dominated the headlines this year, but the sexual assault allegations against the disgraced Hollywood producer were just the tip of a very large iceberg. Revelations of sexual harassment came to light from coast-to-coast and from industry-to-industry.

Here are the major workplace sexual harassment and assault stories from 2017: