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An FMLA Affair

February 10, 2014
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A new bill introduced in Congress in late 2013 would provide workers 12 weeks of paid leave to tend to those personal or family illnesses.
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I Don't “Like” This Protected Concerted Activity

February 6, 2014
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As much as it pains me, speech is speech, whether it’s engaging in an oral conversation, writing a comment to a Facebook post, or clicking 'Like.'
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Deterring the Wage-and-Hour Scofflaw

February 4, 2014
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Education on the FLSA, not stronger wage-and-hour laws, will help prevent wage theft issues.
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Is Regular Attendance an Essential Job Function? It Depends.

February 3, 2014
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As a court recently pointed out, regular attendance is important in any job. Important, however, does not always equate to essential.
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The Sandifer vs. U.S. Steel Decision

January 31, 2014
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the time U.S. Steel employees spent putting on and taking off their protective gear is not compensable under their collective bargaining agreement.
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Eliminating Mad Men Workplace Policies #SOTU

January 30, 2014
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Having flextime policies will keep quality workers engaged and employed, which is a win-win for everyone.
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A Dunce's Need for Flextime Before Such a Thing Existed

January 29, 2014
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While flextime is gaining in popularity in the 2010s, one Pulitzer Prize-winning author used the idea to paint his most famous character as a lazy employee by 1960s standards.
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A Lesson on Union Avoidance

January 29, 2014
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Do you know what to do if a labor union comes knocking at your door? Do you know what you can say to your employees if you hear the whispers of unionization floating through your workplace?
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Are Temporary Impairments ADA-Protected Disabilities? You Bet.

January 28, 2014
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Disability discrimination cases no longer focus on whether an employee is legally disabled, but instead on whether an employer engaged the employee in the interactive process towards a reasonable accommodation.
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The Workplace Ethics of Class-Segregated Bathrooms: The Results

January 24, 2014
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By a margin of two to one, my readers expressed that it is not acceptable for a business to segregate its restrooms by class of workers.
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