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

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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Officially Announcing the Release of 'The Employer Bill of Rights'

December 5, 2012
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I cannot think of a better stocking stuffer for that special business owner, manager, supervisor, or HR professional in your life. Amazon will even gift wrap it for you.
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Does an Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Moot a Wage-and-Hour Case? Genesis HealthCare Corp. vs. Symczyk

December 4, 2012
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The outcome of this case is difficult to gauge based on the oral argument, because both potential sides of the court attacked the underlying issues so differently.
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Do You Have a Workplace Policy Banning the Electronic Recording of Conversations?

December 3, 2012
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If you do not have a policy against employees recording conversations in the workplace, you might want to consider drafting one. You never know when an employee is going to try to smuggle a recording device into a termination or other meeting.
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Certification Harassment? 6th Circuit Rejects Claim Under FMLA

November 29, 2012
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Following the rules does not equate to harassment. Now if we can all just figure out those annoying rules.
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Who Is a Supervisor Under Title VII? (Vance v. Ball St. Univ.)

November 28, 2012
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This case asks whether one can qualify as a supervisor under Title VII if one is given any authority to direct and oversee another's daily work, or if supervisory status is limited to those who have the power to hire, fire, demote, promote, transfer, or discipline others.
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