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

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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Failing to Communicate With Employees With Disabilities Is an Easy Way to Buy an ADA Lawsuit

September 9, 2013
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Big Verdict Underscores Danger of Recording Devices in the Workplace

September 5, 2013
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With the proliferation of smartphones, most employees have a recording device in their pockets. How do you protect your business against the possibility of employees using these devices to gather damaging evidence against you?
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More Companies Offer Pet Insurance as an Employee Benefit

September 4, 2013
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FMLA Now Covers Same-Sex Spouses (Sort of)

September 3, 2013
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This signals that we are thankfully moving down a path to where someday, thankfully, this issue will no longer be open to debate or discussion.
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Life Imitating Art? Pregnant and Fired — When Will Employers Learn?

August 27, 2013
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