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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 New Year's Resolution: Draft a Social Media Policy

January 2, 2013
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If you want to hold your employees accountable for what they say and do online, both at work and outside of work, establish expectations.
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The 12 Days of Employment Law Christmas

December 20, 2012
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Since the holidays are almost upon us, and the news is a little slow, I thought I'd have a little fun. So I wrote a song.
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The Importance of Getting Your Story Straight

December 19, 2012
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It is vitally important that companies have all their ducks in a row before terminating an employee. Conduct a full investigation before pulling the termination trigger. Have a bona fide reason and stick to it.
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Ohio Supreme Court all but Eliminates the Intentional Tort Exception to Workers' Comp Claims

December 18, 2012
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How do you guard against these intentional tort cases? Train all of your employees about the importance of safety guards, and the dangers of toxic and hazardous substances. Inspect all equipment at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure that safety guards are in the proper place.
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Some Thoughts on Sandy Hook and Workplace Violence

December 17, 2012
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For what it's worth, and because these events of unmistakable tragedy seem to be occurring at a more rapid clip, let me share some of my previous thoughts on how to cope when violence invades the workplace.
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Holiday Parties Say a lot About Your Workplace Culture … for Good and for Bad

December 13, 2012
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This case, however, holds a deeper lesson about corporate culture and your workplace. If your company has a culture of condoning sexual harassment, no policy, and no amount of training, will render your holiday parties (or any workday, for that matter) safe.
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12 is the Magic Number: 12 Thoughts for Your Workplace

December 12, 2012
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Since today won't come around for another 100 years, I thought I'd honor its unique date with 12 thoughts to help better your workplace.
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What Are Right-To-Work Laws, and Should you Care?

December 11, 2012
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Right-to-work laws were born out of an exception in the Taft-Hartley Act, under which individual states can pass laws outlawing agency shops.
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EEOC Rejects Staffing Company's “Just Following Orders” Defense

December 10, 2012
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If you are a staffing company, consider writing indemnification clauses into your agreements to help insure against liability when the company for whom you are staffing discriminates. Otherwise, there is a good chance that the law will not protect you from your customer's discrimination.
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The Internet is Today's Employee Complaint Box

December 6, 2012
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Employees are online, talking about what is happening in your workplace. The Internet is today's complaint box. If you want to fix problems before they get out of control, you need only turn to social media sites and sites like coworker.org and Glassdoor.
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