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

Firing of 'Irresistible' Employee Does Not Equal Sex Discrimination?

January 10, 2013
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If the sex discrimination laws do not protect an employee like Nelson, then I fear we are taking a huge civil rights step backward.
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What Isn't a Reasonable Accommodation?

January 9, 2013
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Just because a disabled employee asks for an accommodation does not mean that you have to grant the request.
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Lactation-Rights Case Teaches Valuable Lesson on Responding to Employee Complaints

January 3, 2013
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Next time an employee communicates an issue with you, think about whether it is worth the risk to let the concern go unaddressed.
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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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