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News Briefs: Language discrimination, FMLA, CTE, Weird Interview Questions & More

More Workers Claiming Job Discrimination Over Language, Accents
From the Insurance Journal: "More people in the workforce are claiming discrimination over their English-speaking ability or foreign accents, according to federal officials...The EEOC attributes the trend to a more ethnically diverse labor force — about 45 million Americans speak a language other than English at home. Civil-rights advocates say workplace environments have grown more hostile in states enacting tough new immigration laws."

Scrutiny of workplace policies affecting employees' rights will continue
Kristin R. Erenburg attorney in the Labor and Employment Group of Walter & Haverfield talks about employee-friendly trends in EEOC and NLRB and what we are likely to see for the future.

FMLA as Vacation Suspicion
An employee requests and vacation leave but is denied that leave. Later, the employee takes FMLA leave for the same time period. Employers can push back - Jeff Nowak of FMLA Insights explains how.

Should Employers “Ban the Box”?
"There are an increasing number of jurisdictions that are joining the “ban the box” movement, the most recent being the state of Delaware. The “ban the box” campaign is the movement to get the question about criminal convictions or history removed from all employment applications." Michael Haberman of Omega HR Solutions discusses whether employers should "ban the box."

For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health
According to an extensive new report from a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, "Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States." Sabrine Tavernise talks about the study in The New York Times. For more on the study, read the full report.

NFL player Junior Seau had degenerative brain disease CTE
Post-mortem studies of the brain of retired pro-football player Junior Seau reveal that he did in fact suffer from the degenerative brain disease CTE. Boston University’s center for study of the disease reports that 34 former pro players and nine who played only college football suffered from CTE. Of the findings, his wife said, "‘You can’t deny it exists, and it is hard to deny there is a link between head trauma and CTE. There’s such strong evidence correlating head trauma and collisions and CTE.’’
Related: Images of Brain Injuries in Athletes. Also, see our prior post: Junior Seau's suicide raises the issue of traumatic brain injuries

Think Like Zuck: Leadership Insights From Facebook's Early Years
"When Mark Zuckerberg first started Facebook, he knew he didn't have the experience necessary to run a major company, Ekaterina Walter says in her forthcoming book "Think Like Zuck." Here's how he triumphed anyway."

25 weirdest job interview questions of 2012
Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, brings us this annual roundup from Glassdoor. And in turnabout is fair play, see the 13 Worst Interview Blunders of 2012. Hint: Job candidate, you should not call in sick to your current employer during the interview, faking an illness.

How to Handle Employees Weaknesses
"Think you’ve found the perfect employee? Think again. Nobody’s perfect — not your star programmer. Not even your top sales gal. That’s why you need to focus on building a truly exceptional team of people whose strengths offset each others’ weaknesses ... Managers — you’re coaches, too. Pair employees with complementary strengths and weaknesses to build exceptional teams that completely dominate."

Journalism is Among Top 10 Occupations to Most Likely Attract Psychopaths
That's the bad news. The good news is that they only come in third, after CEOs and Lawyers.

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