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Ohio Supreme Court all but Eliminates the Intentional Tort Exception to Workers' Comp Claims

December 18, 2012
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How do you guard against these intentional tort cases? Train all of your employees about the importance of safety guards, and the dangers of toxic and hazardous substances. Inspect all equipment at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure that safety guards are in the proper place.
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Court Reverses Ruling, Says UPS Worker Entitled to Trial on ADA Claim

December 17, 2012
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The complex case of Teresa Watts v. United Parcel Service Inc. has gone to trial three times and been appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati once before, according to the 6th Circuit's latest ruling.
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Michigan Governor Signs Right-to-Work Bills Into Law

December 12, 2012
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Once they take affect early next year, Michigan will become the 24th right-to-work state in the United States.
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Michigan Lawmakers Pass Controversial Right-to-Work Legislation; Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign

December 11, 2012
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The Michigan House approved House Bill 4003 and Senate Bill 116, which will ban the practice of workers being forced to pay any money to a union as a condition of employment.
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What Are Right-To-Work Laws, and Should you Care?

December 11, 2012
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Right-to-work laws were born out of an exception in the Taft-Hartley Act, under which individual states can pass laws outlawing agency shops.
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The Internet is Today's Employee Complaint Box

December 6, 2012
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Employees are online, talking about what is happening in your workplace. The Internet is today's complaint box. If you want to fix problems before they get out of control, you need only turn to social media sites and sites like coworker.org and Glassdoor.
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Does an Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Moot a Wage-and-Hour Case? Genesis HealthCare Corp. vs. Symczyk

December 4, 2012
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The outcome of this case is difficult to gauge based on the oral argument, because both potential sides of the court attacked the underlying issues so differently.
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Disaffected Workers Want Out of Unions

November 30, 2012
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As organized labor loses leverage in a race-to-the-bottom global market, some workers are becoming so disillusioned by what their unions can, or rather can't, do for them that they want out.
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Another Reason Not to Ban Social Media on Company Time (Hint: It's the NLRB)

November 20, 2012
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A slacking employee will not become a star performer just because you limit his or her social media access; he or she will just find another way to slack off.
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The “I”s Have It: NLRB Says Don't Shred Those At-Will Disclaimers Just Yet

November 1, 2012
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It is refreshing (surprising? relieving?) to see that the NLRB's Office of General Counsel is backing off the position that any at-will disclaimer violates the NLRA, and is willing to evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.
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