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Helping employers navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of employment and labor laws, rules, and regulations, rationally and pragmatically.

Posting Holiday Party Photos on Social Media? Make Sure Employees Consent

November 20, 2014
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Don’t forget to have your employees sign authorizations before you post holiday party photos online.
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Jury Verdicts Damage a Company's Reputation

November 19, 2014
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Jury verdicts can label a company as one that discriminates systemically and intentionally. That damage is much worse than a nine figure punitive reward unlikely to be cashed by a plaintiff.
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Cybersecurity and the NLRB

November 18, 2014
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The NLRB potentially is looking to expand its reach in the area of cybersecurity.
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Nonprofits, Volunteers and Labor Relations

November 17, 2014
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By relying heavily on the lack of payment to show lack of control, the 6th Circuit drew a line that will be difficult for most bona fide volunteers to cross to demonstrate employment status.
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Protecting Trade Secrets in the Cloud

November 14, 2014
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It only takes one layoff to turn a loyal employee into a desperate job seeker looking to provide value to turn a prospective employer into a new job.
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Directing the Delicate Union Decertification Dance

November 11, 2014
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Employers cannot interject in a decertification campaign. If you have any doubt on where the line is in your case, consult with your labor counsel to avoid a costly error.
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Not All Speech on Social Media Is Protected

November 6, 2014
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There exists a line between protected online speech and unprotected threats, harassment, or insubordination.
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Ohio Considers Paid Leave for Quarantined Employees

November 3, 2014
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Employers need to be flexible with employees who have potentially been exposed to Ebola or other dangerous infectious diseases.
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EEOC Files Historic, Challenges Biometric Testing by Employers

October 30, 2014
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Although Obamacare allows employers to conduct biometric tests, the EEOC says such tests violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
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Exempt or Non-Exempt: The Risk of Misclassifying Employees

October 29, 2014
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No matter how reasonable or rational you think you are being in classifying employees, a court may second-guess you down the road.
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