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

Laughing Out the Door: Half of Employees Admit to Stealing Corporate Data

February 11, 2013
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There exists no greater deterrent to copycat misconduct in the future than putting a thief through the legal wringer. Your employees will know that your agreements have teeth and that you will go to mat to enforce them.
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Workplace Social Media Policies Must Account for Generational Issues

February 7, 2013
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A policy that only recognizes the interests of one generation will chase away the others. Take the time to craft a workplace technology program that properly accounts for the divergent ideas of boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers.
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The Revolution WILL Be Televised … Shore Up Your Social Media Before a Termination

February 6, 2013
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If you are concerned about employees live-tweeting a termination or a mass layoff, disable their access to your social media channels before you tell them. Change their passwords. Remove their logins.
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Labor Department: Employers Find It Easy to Comply With the FMLA. What?!?!

February 5, 2013
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Either the Labor Department found the only 1,649 employers (91 percent of the 1,812 worksites surveyed) who “find it easy to comply with” the FMLA, the Labor Department is putting some major spin on its survey results, or my read on FMLA administration is way off.
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How Do You Fight Invisible Discrimination?

February 4, 2013
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If we foster a workplace of openness and inclusion, when that hatred exposes itself employees will understand that it belongs to a rogue and not your company, and hopefully, choose not to hold you accountable (provided you respond quickly and decisively when brought to your attention).
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What Can Go Wrong When Employees Date?

January 31, 2013
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Instead of banning office romances, companies should reinforce appropriate workplace behavior during harassment avoidance and response training.
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Are Employers Screwing Up the FLSA's Lactation Mandate? Probably Not.

January 30, 2013
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A little more than a year ago I pointed out that the Labor Department had only cited 23 companies, or 0.023 percent of all companies with 100 or more employees, with inadequate lactation accommodation. Now, with an additional six months of data, the number of citations has jumped by 13, from 23 to 36.
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But He Looked Black … Court Rebukes EEOC's Use of “Race Rating” in Systemic Lawsuit

January 29, 2013
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In other words, the agency charged with ending racial stereotypes in the workplace based its entire case on stereotypical ways in which different races “look.”
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Employees, If You Don't Want Us to Get Your Social Media Info in Discovery, Don't Post!

January 28, 2013
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Employees, if you do not want your social media posts to be reviewed in a lawsuit you file, stop posting. Stop writing about your post-termination state of mind. Stop communicating with former co-workers. Stop writing about your lawsuit.
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Damn You Auto-Correct! (Train Your Employees to Proofread)

January 24, 2013
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When you hold your annual harassment training you might want to consider mentioning the evils of auto-correct.
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