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3 frequently asked questions about paternity leave for fathers

As a soon-to-be father, you might be wondering if you are going to be able to take time off work. You want to spend quality time with your newborn child and your partner. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows many new fathers to get time away from employment. But you might have some concerns about your eligibility and whether it will hurt your career. 

You must be aware of the rights and opportunities to which the law entitles you. Read on for a guide to taking medical leave as a new father. 

Paid Breaks During The Workday

The law is clear: Employers must pay their employees for the short breaks they take during the workday. There are limits and, as with all laws, there are loopholes. But by and large, workers should be compensated for breaks lasting 20 minutes or less.

Unfortunately, employers flout this law routinely. They argue that they shouldn't have to pay their workers for not working. And the consequences are far-reaching. When break periods go unpaid, it can mean that some workers earn less than the minimum wage. Likewise, it can lead to issues concerning overtime pay. Such scenarios violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and may lead to messy legal disputes.

3 types of discrimination women may face in the workplace

While sexual harassment may be a serious problem in the workplace, it is not the only threat female employees face. In addition to inappropriate touch and expectation of sexual favors, women may also experience many types of discrimination. 

If you are a working woman, it is important to be aware of all forms of illegal behaviors your employer may commit so you can recognize them and protect your rights.

Why Congressmen Are Fighting To Repeal Worker Protections

The idea is simple: construction contractors should pay their laborers and subcontractors fairly for the work they perform on publicly funded projects. Indeed, they are required to do so by law. The Davis-Bacon Act (DBA), passed in 1931, establishes that workers be paid "no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area."

It isn't hard to see that the DBA provides important protections to workers. It prevents contracting firms from "racing to the bottom" by underbidding each other for projects, and then stiffing their workers to meet costs. As a recent piece in the Washington Post notes, it also "prevents public investment from undermining local standards" - and has done so for decades.

With rumors in the air about a $1 trillion investment in public infrastructure, it would seem that the DBA is more important than ever. Yet some lawmakers are looking to repeal it.

New Law Makes It Easier For Parents To Care For Their Children

A tweak to Georgia's employment laws has made it easier for parents to stay home when their children are sick.

Specifically, the Family Care Act (FCA)--which passed into law in May, and went into effect in July--requires that employers let their employees use up to five days of paid sick leave to care for immediate family members. Legislators and activists alike believe the FCA carries benefits that will extend to the state's entire economy.

Touching at work is not always OK in the absence of a “no”

Sexual harassment takes many forms. For example, it can include emailing obscene images to a co-worker or making sexual comments. However, the phrase “no means no” may erroneously lead some people to conclude that in the absence of a “no,” the other person is fine with comments, emails, touching and the like.

This simply is not true.

3 tips for new physicians to avoid lawsuits

You have completed medical school and are about to become a physician. After years of hard work, it is finally time to do the work you are passionate about, but now you must minimize your exposures regarding Stark Law. If you are not careful, your referral processes could put you at risk for lawsuits.

Can I sue my employer for wrongful termination?

If you got fired or received discipline by your employer because you reported illegal behavior or exercised legal rights, you may have a basis for a wrongful termination case for whistleblowing or retaliation. There are laws that protect you from retaliation when you report legal, ethical or environmental wrongdoing. Learn what constitutes retaliation and what your rights are as a whistleblower.

A medical coding error could become a federal case

If you are a medical professional, whether nurse, physician, technician or specialist, you may be part of a team that provides health care and compiles information about the numerous treatment details for patients on Medicare or Medicaid. However, mistakes happen. If they do, you hope that the health of the patient is not compromised, but mistakes in overprescribing, overbilling or medical coding could bring on an investigation that might affect your reputation, your career and your livelihood.

4 fraudulent billing practices you should avoid

Improper or sloppy billing practices can lead to accusations of health care fraud. As a physician, you should be diligent in compliance and accuracy. Avoid accusations of fraud by understanding common improper procedures and following steps to make your billing and coding processes more coordinated.