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Facebook Foible Foils FMLA Fight

November 15, 2012
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Even though people like to treat social media as the new kid on the block, it is really nothing more than a communication tool, to which all of the old rules of the workplace apply.
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Must an Employer Accommodate an Employee for a Family Member's Disability?

November 13, 2012
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I cannot overstate enough how fine a line it is between lawfully terminating an employee because of the need to take time off to care for an ill relative and unlawfully terminating an employee because of a relative's disability.
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Silence Can Be Golden When Dealing With Employee Medical Issues

November 6, 2012
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One inopportune slip of the tongue about an employee's medical condition (or perceived medical condition) could convert a defensible disability discrimination claim into a knock-down, drag-out fight culminating in a risky jury trial.
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Ministerial Exception Applied to Music Director with No Religious Training

October 29, 2012
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According to the ruling, Philip Cannata, who became music director at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas, in 1998, had no liturgical responsibilities because he “lacked the requisite education, training and experience.”
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Pay Attention: NLRB Issues its Second Social Media Decision in a Month (Knauz BMW)

October 3, 2012
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Employers need to pay careful and diligent attention to this issue. Social media and other employee communication policies remain on the forefront of the National Labor Relations Board's hit parade.
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Veteran Nurse Fired As Transplant Kidney Gets Disposed in Medical Waste

September 28, 2012
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Both a part-time nurse, who actually disposed of the kidney in the medical waste, and a 30-year employee are no longer with the medical center, the newspaper reported.
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Firing an Employee? Tell Them! (Don't 'Milton' the Termination)

September 24, 2012
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If you are going to fire an employee, don't you owe it to him as a human being to at least tell him?
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Unemployment (or Prior Lawsuits) as a Protected Class? Not so Fast Says the 6th Circuit

September 6, 2012
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While this case was decided under Michigan law, it has implications beyond that state. As the opinion points out, there exist no cases from any jurisdiction recognizing a failure to hire claim under state common law or public policy.
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Do You Know What to Do When Violence Invades Your Workplace?

August 27, 2012
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While there exists no foolproof way to protect your workplace against the kinds of tragedies that we've seen lately, these few steps can go a long way to putting you in the best place to deter and respond.
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Office Romance Policies Can Reduce Risk

August 21, 2012
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Experts say companies should define their policies around co-workers dating, particularly when it comes to managers dating subordinates.
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