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How Much Does it Cost to Defend an Employment Lawsuit?

May 14, 2013
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Defending a case through discovery and a ruling on a motion for summary judgment can cost an employer between $75,000 and $125,000. If an employer loses summary judgment (which, much more often than not, is the case), the employer can expect to spend a total of $175,000 to $250,000 to take a case to a jury verdict at trial.
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Debunking Myths of a Pro-Business Supreme Court

May 9, 2013
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There are still two key employment cases pending this term. These two rulings will help determine this Supreme Court's developing legacy as either pro-individual or pro-business in deciding employment cases.
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EEOC Lands Its Largest Settlement Ever

May 6, 2013
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I never thought I'd read about a case in which I could say to myself, “A $240 million jury verdict doesn't seem all that out of whack.” Then I read about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent $240 million jury verdict against Henry's Turkey Service. The agency alleged that the farm subjected its 32 mentally disabled workers to decades of abuse.
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NLRB Confirms Legality of Most At-Will Employment Disclaimers

April 25, 2013
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The National Labor Relations Board has confused me with its apparent reasonableness. Last week, the NLRB published an advice memorandum from its Office of General Counsel,
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Beware Bans on Pay Discussions Among Employees

April 25, 2013
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Does your handbook have a policy that prohibits employees from discussing how much you pay them? If so, get rid of it.
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NLRB Confirms Legality of Most At-Will Employment Disclaimers

April 24, 2013
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The NLRB will examine at-will disclaimers on a case-by-case basis, and I do not expect we will see the Board take the unreasonable position that all at-will disclaimers are unlawful.
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NLRB Offers Further Guidance on Confidential Workplace Investigations

April 22, 2013
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I believe that the NLRB fails to understand the importance of confidentiality in workplace investigations, and further fails to understand the realities of how workplace investigations work.
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SCOTUS: Picking Off Individual Plaintiffs Moots Wage and Hour Collective Action Claims

April 17, 2013
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The issue the Supreme Court faced in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk was whether a case becomes moot when the lone plaintiff receives an offer from the defendants to satisfy all of the plaintiff’s claims. Last December, I predicted an employer loss in this case. I’m happy to report that my prediction was very wrong.
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Does Social Media Change the Meaning of Solicitation?

February 25, 2013
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By defining “solicitation” to include passive social media connections and activities, you are at least putting yourself into a position to have a court consider shutting down an ex-employee for maintaining online relationships.
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Of Storks and Honesty—Avoid Shifting Reasons When Defending an Employment Decision

February 20, 2013
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It's trite to say honesty is the best policy. But, when defending an employment case, honesty and consistency are essential. And, if you can't be honest because the honest reason is illegal, then maybe you should consider biting the bullet and settling.
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