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

When Coyote Posts Get Ugly

October 13, 2013
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Why social media posts about current and former employees from saloon franchise Coyote Ugly's management opened the door to lawsuits.
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How to Handle the Malingering FMLA Abuser

October 10, 2013
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If you believe that an employee is abusing FMLA leave, build your case. Uncover enough facts to support your belief that that employee is committing fraud.


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It’s Time to End Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

October 9, 2013
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The time has come for Congress to step up to the plate and enact legislation including sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, and bring to and end the shameful protection of discrimination against this marginalized class of individuals.


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The High Price of EEOC Background Check Litigation

October 8, 2013
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Perhaps one solution to this crisis is for Congress to engage in some simple oversight over the agencies that enforce our various laws, including the EEOC. $751,942.48 in taxpayer money is a costly investment to chase a fool's errand.


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Fired for Posing for Playboy? Or, How Does an Employer Prove a Negative?

October 7, 2013
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Proving a negative is the most difficult position for an employer, and, often, the most expensive for an employer to defend.


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Facebook 'Likes' as Free Speech

October 3, 2013
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Free-speech rights extend to symbolic speech on social networks, such as liking a Facebook page or post, or retweeting someone’s tweet.
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Must You Pay Your Employees for Civic and Charitable Work?

October 2, 2013
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Before you send that next email or memo requiring employees’ presence at a charitable event, don’t, unless you want to pay employees for their time.
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How the Government Shutdown Affects Labor and Employment Law

October 1, 2013
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If you have active matters with any federal agencies, expect for them to be on hold. Please remember that while the EEOC and other agencies might be temporarily out of business, the laws that they enforce are not.


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What Kanye West Can Teach You About Employee Relations

September 30, 2013
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Social media has the ability to turn a forgotten event into a viral nightmare. Certainly there are instances when you will have no choice but to fire someone for something posted online.
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Alternate Complaint Avenues and Harassment Prevention

September 26, 2013
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A effective anti-harassment policy provides multiple avenues for an employee to complain. Otherwise, an employee will feel powerless if the person to whom a policy directs her to complain also happens to be the alleged harasser.
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