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

Federal Court Slams the Door on EEOC’s Criminal Background Check Lawsuit

August 13, 2013
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6th Circuit Rejects Contract That Shortens Statute of Limitations for Wage Claims

August 12, 2013
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Fired News Reporter Shea Allen Illustrates the Meaning of 'Profersonal' for Today’s Workers

August 5, 2013
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Court Rejects Use of Social Media Evidence in Defense of Wage-and-Hour Claim

August 2, 2013
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What to Look for in the Coming Year From the EEOC

August 1, 2013
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Is the DOL’s 'Fair Labor Data Challenge' Strategy Fair?

July 30, 2013
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Giving Employee the 'Milton Treatment' Leads to Discrimination Claim

July 26, 2013
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Who Owns Personal Email on an Employer-Issued Smartphone?

July 18, 2013
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Have a policy that spells out an employee’s reasonable lack-of-privacy expectations, but have a similar policy statement prohibiting employees from accessing the personal email or other Internet account of others.


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The One Thing You Can Never Release In a Settlement Agreement

July 16, 2013
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Do not make the mistake of including in your agreement a covenant forbidding the employee from filing a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other agency. The EEOC will view such a provision as retaliatory under Title VII.
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6th Circuit's Narrow Definition of 'Supervisor' Under the NLRA has Broad Implications

July 10, 2013
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In a political environment that is broadening the National Labor Relations Board's power, a federal court's recent narrowing of the definition of “supervisor” is a big win for employers.
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