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Stand by Your Employees: An Ode to Norah and the Troopers

January 21, 2014
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Stick with your employees, especially in times of difficulty and adversity. They might just surprise you, and may even do something amazing.
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Separation of Protected Activity and Discipline can Shield Employers From Retaliation Claims

January 16, 2014
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You can help insulate your company from retaliation claims by training your employees to treat FMLA requests (and other instances of protected activity) as need-to-know.
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It's Probably a Bad Idea to Ask Applicants for a Family Medical History

January 14, 2014
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Medical-related inquiries by employers are complicated and rife with risk. To ensure full compliance with the law, do not include questions about family histories in these examinations.
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Context Matters: Cursing as Religious Harassment

January 13, 2014
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A line exists between the use of general profanity in the workplace and the use of profanity directed at somebody because of their religion. Nevertheless, employers should take seriously all harassment complaints in the workplace.
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The Ethics of Class-Segregated Bathrooms

January 10, 2014
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Do I need to tell you that you are sending the wrong message to your workers if you have class-segregated bathroom?
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Blackballing as Retaliation

January 9, 2014
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Refusing to hire someone who filed a lawsuit claiming a violation of the FLSA or Title VII is illegal retaliation.
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Tread Lightly if Banning Workplace Gossip, Warns NLRB Judge

January 8, 2014
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If you're having a problem with workplace gossip, one solution you might want to avoid is a policy banning it outright, at least according to the recent opinion of an NLRB Administrative Law Judge
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A Weighty Lesson on Pregnancy Discrimination

January 7, 2014
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Does your 'no overweight hires' policy violate Title VII by screening out pregnant women?
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It’s Time to Update Your Severe-Weather Policy

January 6, 2014
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In light of these historically frigid temperatures, I’m writing about workplace severe-weather policies, including including how to handle issues such as attendance, wage and hour, and telecommuting.
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What Is the Future of HR?

January 5, 2014
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HR leaders generally feel their ideal role is one of broad leadership, but it is often far less than that.
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