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Should You Block Social Media at Work?

July 14, 2014
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The answer to this question is a resounding no. If an employee wants to check Facebook at work, or post a Tweet, or show off that fancy filtered sunset on Instagram, they will simply take their iPhone out of their pocket and post away.
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Retaliation or Awkward Timing?

July 11, 2014
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If you are going to terminate an employee on the heels of protected activity, you best have all of your ducks in a row.
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What the ADA Says About Employee Medical Information and Social Media

July 8, 2014
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Employees need to be very careful when discussing a co-worker’s health on social media. And, employers need to train their employees about the ADA’s confidentiality rules and the extension of these rules to the 24/7 world of social media.
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EEOC Transforms a $1.39 Bag of Chips Into a $180,000 Settlement

July 7, 2014
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When the accommodation is so trivial (a $1.39 bag of chips), employers should strongly consider making the accommodation for an employee’s medical situation regardless of the scenario.
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Soliciting Is One Tough Cookie

July 2, 2014
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Keep a close eye on the NLRB for actions that will severely hamper your efforts to limit solicitations in your workplace.
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Fixing the Common Cultures at GM and the VA

July 1, 2014
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When problems do surface, employers must make time, focus their attention on actively listening, let complainants know how their concerns have been addressed, and follow up on open issues.
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The Irony of the Supreme Court's 'Hobby Lobby' Decision

July 1, 2014
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This ruling sounds like something that should’ve been reserved for churches and other religion-oriented organizations, not an arts and crafts retailer and a cabinet manufacturer.
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Legal Briefings: For Severance Pay, Companies Have to Pay Taxes

July 1, 2014
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Employers paying terminated employees under a severance plan may be required to pay and withhold FICA taxes.
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Back, Tummy, Skin: Protect Them or Else

July 1, 2014
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that U.S. businesses lose an average of 2.8 million workdays each year because of unplanned absences, costing employers more than $74 billion.
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The Hazy Issue of Marijuana in the Workplace

June 30, 2014
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Even with legalized pot laws on the books in 20 states, it’s still unclear how medical and recreational marijuana fits into workplace drug and alcohol policies.
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