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

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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The Biggest Pitfall of Social Recruiting

September 25, 2013
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Don’t let anyone in the chain of hiring view candidates’ social media profiles. Train an employee who is insulated from the hiring process to do your social media searches.
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Employee Fired for Instagramming Paycheck. Is This Legal?

September 24, 2013
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Employees have an absolute right to discuss with each other how much they make. It is illegal to have a policy that prohibits wage discussions, or to fire an employee for engaging in such discussions.


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Can an Employee Assume the Risk of Harassment?

September 23, 2013
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No employee should have to deal with a sexually harassing workplace. But maybe those who choose to work for rappers Insane Clown Posse should forfeit the right to complain of sexually offensive content.
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Labor Department Expands Wage and Hour Laws to Home Care Workers

September 18, 2013
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The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division extended minimum wage and overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act to home care workers.


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Your Company’s Personnel Files Are Not Your Employees’ Personal Property

September 17, 2013
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It is critical that you have a policy establishing rights and expectations in relation to personnel files.
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How Does State Law Interpret a 'Disability' After the ADAAA?

September 16, 2013
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Instead of focusing on whether an employee is 'disabled' under the ADA, employers should focus on reasonable accommodations and engaging employees in the interactive process.
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Bathroom Breaks Do Not Equal Breaks in Pay

September 12, 2013
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Treating your employees like tagged wildlife — tracking and recording their every move within the workplace — will create an work environment of distrust and apathy. Instead, you should treat all employees like professionals, and address performance-based issues as they arise.
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When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go: The Right to Workplace Bathroom Breaks

September 11, 2013
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Employers shouldn’t be the potty police. When an employee has to go, an employee has to go. Unless an employee seems to abusing bathroom rights, let employees be.
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Lies, Untruths and Protected Concerted Activity

September 10, 2013
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Despite the belief of some that the NLRB is pushing the bounds of what qualifies as protected concerted activity vis-à-vis social media, one universal truth remains the same—liars do not win cases.
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