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Hypothetical Violations Doom Employer Confidentiality Policy

April 15, 2014
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Late last month, the 5th Circuit court of appeals in New Orleans ruled on another employer confidentiality policy, and the results should trouble employers everywhere.
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It's Illegal to Ask Employees to Give Up Overtime Payments

April 14, 2014
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If a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours in a week, you must pay them overtime. Period. No exceptions.
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Federal Court Sends Strong Signal to EEOC in Dismissal of Credit Check Case

April 10, 2014
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This case is less about whether credit histories disparately impact African Americans than it is about how the EEOC chose to prove its case.
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Has Workplace Drug Testing Gone to Pot With Legalized Marijuana?

April 9, 2014
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Until the courts sort these issues out, prudent employers should tread carefully and consult with their employment counsel before disciplining or firing any employees who are using legally prescribed marijuana away from work.
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The EEOC Gets Extreme With CVS Lawsuit

April 8, 2014
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What does one make of a recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC against CVS, claiming that a severance agreement it provided to three employees unlawfully restricted their rights?
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General Motors: Too Late for a Culture Shift?

April 7, 2014
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GM President Mary Barra expressed regret over the Cobalt’s safety issues; she stated that GM is now moving from a culture of cost containment to a culture of safety. 


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Workplace Gossip and the NLRB

April 7, 2014
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It’s okay to 'gossip' in the workplace, as long it’s not 'negative,' said the NLRB.
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Chicago NLRB OKs Northwestern University Football Players’ Petition to Unionize

March 27, 2014
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University attorneys, who have vowed to appeal the ruling, have 14 days to file. 


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'Motorboating' Equals a $567K Harassment Verdict

March 26, 2014
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Harassment is harassment, whether its a male-on-female, or female-on-male. As long as the harassment is 'because of sex,' it’s illegal.
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Please, Please, Please Be Careful What you Email

March 25, 2014
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Nothing good comes from putting statements like 'too bad he’s male' in emails, or text messages, or voice mails, or any other form of communication.
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