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

Why Paula Deen Loves Gay Marriage

July 8, 2013
In her race discrimination lawsuit, Deen cites 'Hollingsworth v. Perry,' the recent U.S. Supreme Court case that dismissed, on the basis of a lack of standing, the challenge to the illegality of California's gay marriage ban.
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A Reminder About Holiday Pay

July 3, 2013
Tomorrow's July 4th holiday is a paid day off for many American workers. Last year, I wrote a post titled, '8 Things You Need to Know About Holiday Pay.' In light of tomorrow's holiday, I thought it was a good idea to revisit that list.
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Today's Post Is Brought to You by the Letters W, A, R, and N

July 1, 2013
If you are near or above the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act's 100-employee threshold, and you are considering closing a plant or laying off a large number of employees, check with employment counsel to determine whether the WARN Act will be triggered, and, if so, what specific notices you must provide and to whom.
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Employee Medical Information and Social Media

June 24, 2013
Social media is informal and instantaneous. Employees often post before they think about the implications of what they are posting. A policy statement on this issue could save you a headache in a disability discrimination lawsuit down the road.
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He's a Lumberjack and, Apparently, He's Not OK

June 19, 2013
Just because an employee posed nude for money in his 20s does not mean that he is comfortable with it becoming a workplace joke in his 40s. If an employee complains, the company has an obligation to investigate and take reasonable measure to stop the harassing behavior from continuing.
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