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Zika Virus in the Workplace: Legal Considerations for Employers

By now you've heard: Zika is in the United States and it's spreading.

As with anything, this too shall pass. Not to say that a national dialogue and public diligence is a bad thing, but people tend to get caught up in irrational panic when a new disease threatens the public. Remember swine flu?

A few employers are wondering how the virus will implicate employer and workplace laws. Today, we'll step into the weeds and give our take on this issue.

How to Avoid Workplace Background Check Violations

You've likely heard about big-time companies that have felt the sting of the FCRA knife. Workplace background check violations are serious issues employers shouldn't ignore.

Below, we provide a quick overview of The Fair Credit Reporting Act. We also cover some steps you can take as in-house counsel to best protect your company from the new federal cloud passing over corporate clients.

Roger Ailes isn't the only (alleged) sexual harasser in corporate America. Ailes stepped down as head of Fox News recently, following a harassment lawsuit by former Fox star Gretchen Carlson and an internal investigation that "sealed his fate." And he's got company. The EEOC alone took nearly 40,000 sexual harassment enforcement and litigation actions in 2014.

Those sexual harassment claims can expose businesses to significant liability, even when all the proper policies are in place. Thankfully, there are a few steps companies can take to mitigate their liability, should a member of the company, be it a CEO or janitor, be accused of harassment.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, has gained increased attention in the corporate world in recent years, as veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan and reenter the workplace. But it's not just members of the armed forces that may experience PTSD. Anyone who experiences or witnesses a traumatic event can develop PTSD. Indeed, the disorder is shockingly common: nearly one in 10 women, and up to 8 percent of the population generally, experience PTSD at some point in their lives.

For most companies, the question isn't whether they'll have to address PTSD in the workplace, it's when.

Legal Considerations With Corporate Wellness Programs

Imagine you are in-house counsel for a large company and its executives have come to you for advice on the current corporate employee rage: wellness programs. What do you tell them? How do you best counsel your client?

Wellness programs are a relatively new craze as far as corporate perks are concerned, but some of the laws that control are old and settled. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Social media can be a great way for a company to expand its reach and build consumer loyalty. REI's Instagram photos of kayaks and mountains have garnered a following of more than 1 million. Coca-Cola has nearly 100 million likes on Facebook. That's more followers than the population of Germany. And General Electric (yes, that General Electric, the one with the dishwashers and refrigerators) has been named one of the best brands on Snapchat.

So, social media has its benefits. But, of course, it also has its drawbacks, including potential legal liabilities. Here's what they are and how you can avoid them.

A disability discrimination lawsuit can be a major blow to any company, not just because they can be expensive to defend against, but because they can also tarnish an employer's reputation. Yet, disability discrimination claims are common, and growing. In 2015, disability discrimination made up 30 percent of EEOC bias charges, the third most common charge and an increase of six percent from the previous year.

But disability discrimination claims can be avoided. To help you out, here are our top tips for preventing workplace disability discrimination, from the FindLaw archives.

Gretchen Carlson followed up the Fourth of July holiday with some fireworks of her own, this week. On Wednesday, the former Fox News host filed suit against Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of the conservative news channel, alleging that Ailes created a hostile work environment and took her off air when she refused his advances.

Here's a look at her allegations, and what they might mean for Ailes' future at Fox.

For years, minimum wage and overtime rules stayed the same amidst a rapidly changing economy. But no more. Two weeks ago, the Obama administration moved to expand overtime coverage to millions of employees, the first major change to overtime rules in over a decade. At the same time, states such as New York and California have started to raise their minimum wages to more than double the federal minimum.

All this change means that your old way of doing things might need some adjusting. To help you out, here are our top wage and hour tips, from the FindLaw archives.

Uber Wars: Was the Settlement Too Little or Just Right?

A few weeks have passed since plaintiffs' attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan negotiated a controversial $100 million on behalf of Uber drivers who sought backpay, benefits, and other damages over their supposed "misclassification" by the company.

The settlement has yet to be approved, but many plaintiffs are angered by the settlement, including the suit's lead plaintiff.