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

Some Workplace Social Media Stats to Start Your Week

November 12, 2012
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Businesses have a lot to learn about the intersection between social media and the workplace. Yet, companies are not necessarily at fault for being behind the eight ball on these issues. The reality is that the technology is evolving more quickly than businesses can keep up with the resulting issues.
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It Just Doesn't Matter (Who the President of the United States Is)

November 7, 2012
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If you manage your employees reasonably, pragmatically, and with decency, it just doesn't matter, from a day-to-day perspective, who the president is.
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Silence Can Be Golden When Dealing With Employee Medical Issues

November 6, 2012
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One inopportune slip of the tongue about an employee's medical condition (or perceived medical condition) could convert a defensible disability discrimination claim into a knock-down, drag-out fight culminating in a risky jury trial.
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What Skeletons Are You Unearthing by Suing an Ex-Employee?

November 5, 2012
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Before you bring suit against an ex-employee, you might want to consider whether there exist any skeletons in your employment closet that could come back to haunt you in the litigation.
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The “I”s Have It: NLRB Says Don't Shred Those At-Will Disclaimers Just Yet

November 1, 2012
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It is refreshing (surprising? relieving?) to see that the NLRB's Office of General Counsel is backing off the position that any at-will disclaimer violates the NLRA, and is willing to evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.
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What Scares Employers? How About a Union Organizing Campaign

October 31, 2012
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It is not enough merely to have a no-solicitation policy. You must also take seriously the National Labor Relations Act's rules against applying policies to single-out labor unions and the employees who support them.
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Whether Your Managers Should “Friend” Subordinates May Be Gender Based

October 30, 2012
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Social media use has a generational component. Your social media policy has to account for these generational differences.
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Do You Know What to Do When Severe Weather Strikes Your Workplace? #Sandy

October 29, 2012
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Do you know what to do with your workers when a weather event such as Sandy aims for your workplace?
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EEOC Opines on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking as Title VII and ADA Violations

October 25, 2012
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While Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act do not expressly protect victims from discrimination, they do protect against employers' use of stereotypes rooted in protected classes (e.g., sex or mental illness) to treat these employees differently.
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Please Don’t Tell Your Employees for Whom to Vote

October 24, 2012
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Voting is an intensely personal choice. I don’t think it’s my business how my family members cast their votes. I certainly don’t think it’s an employer’s business how its employees cast their votes. Voting booths have privacy curtains for a reason. Exercise some discretion by not invading that privacy of your workers.
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