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

What the ADA Says About Employee Medical Information and Social Media

July 8, 2014
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Employees need to be very careful when discussing a co-worker’s health on social media. And, employers need to train their employees about the ADA’s confidentiality rules and the extension of these rules to the 24/7 world of social media.
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EEOC Transforms a $1.39 Bag of Chips Into a $180,000 Settlement

July 7, 2014
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When the accommodation is so trivial (a $1.39 bag of chips), employers should strongly consider making the accommodation for an employee’s medical situation regardless of the scenario.
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Will Hobby Lobby Decision Give Title VII Fits?

July 1, 2014
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What about Title VII and the other ant-discrimination laws? Hobby Lobby does not answer these questions and leaves them to lower courts to interpret in future cases.
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How Many Pre-Employment Medical Exams Does the ADA Permit?

June 30, 2014
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The answer is as many as reasonably necessary to determine whether the employee can perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.
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The Supreme Court’s Opinion on Cell Phone Privacy is a Must-Read for all Employers

June 27, 2014
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Why was this case important for employers? For the first time, our highest court is recognizing, in great detail, the significant privacy interests we expect in our mobile devices.
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Supreme Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Invalid. Chaos Ensues?

June 26, 2014
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Make no mistake. If you are an employer, this case is huge.
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There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, Unless You're the NLRB

June 25, 2014
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This case was low-hanging fruit for the Board. Don’t leave your fruit hanging.
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The United Colors of Harassment Claims

June 24, 2014
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'No one should have to put up with sexual comments or touching while they are just trying to make a living.'
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Suspension of County Employee Teaches Important Lesson About use of Mobile Technology

June 20, 2014
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Employees think the four-inch device in their pockets is theirs, and what they email, text, Facebook, etc., is not the employer's business. They're wrong.
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An Ode to Working Dads

June 19, 2014
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We are all accessible around the clock. There is simply no excuse for an employer not to offer flexibility to all employees — men and women — whose jobs permit it.
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