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

A Reminder About Holiday Pay

July 3, 2013
Tomorrow's July 4th holiday is a paid day off for many American workers. Last year, I wrote a post titled, '8 Things You Need to Know About Holiday Pay.' In light of tomorrow's holiday, I thought it was a good idea to revisit that list.
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The FMLA, the ADA and No-Fault Attendance Policies

July 2, 2013
Employers have a lot to gain from no-fault attendance policies. In deciding whether to adopt or continue a no-fault attendance policy, however, employers must carefully balance those benefits against the risk of FMLA or ADA violations.
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Today's Post Is Brought to You by the Letters W, A, R, and N

July 1, 2013
If you are near or above the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act's 100-employee threshold, and you are considering closing a plant or laying off a large number of employees, check with employment counsel to determine whether the WARN Act will be triggered, and, if so, what specific notices you must provide and to whom.
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Employee Medical Information and Social Media

June 24, 2013
Social media is informal and instantaneous. Employees often post before they think about the implications of what they are posting. A policy statement on this issue could save you a headache in a disability discrimination lawsuit down the road.
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Title VII Does Not Give Employees the Right to Proselytize

June 21, 2013
If you permit one employee to share his or her religious views in the workplace, you will have a difficult time disciplining or terminating another for the same reason. Employers and their employees should keep religion where it belongs—in the home and in places of worship.
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He's a Lumberjack and, Apparently, He's Not OK

June 19, 2013
Just because an employee posed nude for money in his 20s does not mean that he is comfortable with it becoming a workplace joke in his 40s. If an employee complains, the company has an obligation to investigate and take reasonable measure to stop the harassing behavior from continuing.
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