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'Honest belief' Isn’t a Defense to an FMLA Claim, Says Federal Court

October 24, 2014
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An 'honest belief' will not save an employer who denies an employee’s FMLA request without first exhausting all available avenues of communication and clarification with the employee.
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'He Liked Breasts' Is Never an Appropriate Response to a Harassment Complaint

October 23, 2014
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What is an appropriate response? Here are 10 steps to follow if you receive a harassment complaint from an employee.
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Internet Use and Addiction as a Disability

October 20, 2014
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The more the Internet becomes entrenched in our lives, the greater the likelihood that employees will begin embracing ideas such as Internet addiction as a disability and the need for employers to consider and provide reasonable accommodations.
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When Ebola Impacts Your Workplace

October 16, 2014
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There is a big difference between vigilance and panic. The key for employers in dealing with Ebola is to understand the former while not falling susceptible to the latter.
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An Italian Club With Hot Peppers ... and a Noncompete?

October 15, 2014
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It’s one thing to bind your managers and other high-level employees to a noncompetition agreement. It’s another to require the same of your low-level sandwich makers and cash-register operators.
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Supreme Court Weighs Issue of Compensation for Post-Shift Security Checks

October 9, 2014
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This case will hinge on whether the security screenings are key to the nature of the employment.
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The Difference Between Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Favoritism

October 8, 2014
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What is the difference between sexual discrimination and sexual favoritism? The former is illegal, while the latter isn’t.
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Poorly Placed Pickles Is an Awful Reason for Discipline

October 6, 2014
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Folks, no one in their right mind is going to believe that a fast-food worker suffered discipline for poor pickle placement.
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Your 'No Loitering' Policy for Employees Could Be Unlawful

October 3, 2014
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An NLRB judge concluded that a no loitering policy unlawfully restricted employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity.
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U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up Issue of Workplace Religious Accommodation

October 2, 2014
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Let’s hope for some concrete guidance from the Court on this timely and perplexing issue.
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