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We Love Our Phones, but Should Employees Be Paid for Using Them Off-Duty?

February 14, 2013
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If you provide them mobile devices, or let employees BYOD and connect them to your network, have a written policy that tells them they are not required to read or reply to emails after hours. Create a culture that lets your employees escape from work while not at work.
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Happy ADEA Day (to Me). Now Let's Rewrite the Age Discrimination Laws.

February 13, 2013
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Today, to mark the ruby anniversary of my birth, I am starting a movement to change the protections of age discrimination laws from age 40 to age 50.
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Be Careful What You Bring Upon Yourself When Suing an Ex-Employee

January 14, 2013
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If you are going to sue an employee, current or former, make sure you do your diligence of your own potential liabilities. If you uncover something that can come back and bite you, make sure it is a claim with which you can live.
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Labor Department Proposes Allowing Coca-Cola to Fund Life, AD&D Benefits in Captive

January 3, 2013
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Atlanta-based Coca-Cola wants to use its Red Re Inc. captive to reinsure life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment policies written by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
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Pot Laws Facing High Court Scrutiny?

December 18, 2012
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Nothing is on the U.S. Supreme Court docket yet but with recent passage of liberal marijuana-use laws, a case could fire up justices.
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Headed to Work in Washington State? Don't Fire Up That Bong Just Yet …

December 14, 2012
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Despite voter approval liberalizing pot laws in two states, state marijuana laws haven't taken away an employer's right to maintain a drug-free workplace, especially as mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 for companies with federal grants or contracts.
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New Pot Laws? No Worries

December 14, 2012
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Following voter approval of recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado, one employment lawyer nevertheless recommends making any necessary revisions to company drug policies so no gray areas exist between state and federal law.
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Oracle, CedarCrestone Legal Battles Heat Up

December 4, 2012
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The former Oracle partner says the lawsuit signals a 'broader war on competition' against the third-party support industry.
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Gay-Rights Advocates Urge Employers Not to Be in a Hurry to Drop Domestic-Partner Benefits

September 24, 2012
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Although same-sex marriage is legal in some states, 'It's not as straightforward as one might think,' says Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign. Opposite-sex and same-sex marriage are still not an 'apples-to-apples comparison,' she says.
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