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

Are Your Policies Updated to Account for Ohio's New Ban on Texting While Driving?

September 4, 2012
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Remind employees that texting while driving is not only against the law, but also against company policy. Your insurance carriers, and, believe it or not, your employees and their families, will thank you.
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Are You Allowed to Use Social Media at Work?

August 30, 2012
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Companies cannot promulgate a disconnect between their external social media efforts and their internal social media policies. Openness to the public at-large will cause resentment among your employees if you restrict internal access. It sends a mixed (and wrong) message.
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Accommodating Religions Starts at Home (A Love Story)

August 29, 2012
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Employers seem to have forgotten how to accommodate, and people are quick to lay blame at the feet of companies. Yet, teaching how to accommodate starts at home.
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Do You Know What to Do When Violence Invades Your Workplace?

August 27, 2012
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While there exists no foolproof way to protect your workplace against the kinds of tragedies that we've seen lately, these few steps can go a long way to putting you in the best place to deter and respond.
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Counseling as an ADA-Protected Medical Examination

August 23, 2012
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If counseling qualifies as a covered medical exam, then employers, like WLAA, will have to rely on the statute's defense of job-relatedness and business necessity if an employee needs counseling.
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What Qualifies as “Opposition” Under Title VII?

August 22, 2012
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Assume all but the most attenuated of responses to a potentially discriminatory statement qualifies as protected, and do not leave it in the hands of judges or juries to draw these nuanced distinctions.
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Determining When a Company Knows That an Employee Engaged in Protected Activity

August 21, 2012
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The employer argued that it was impossible for it have known that the plaintiff had filed an EEOC charge before it fired her because it has lost its mailbox key and therefore it could not have received its copy of the charge.
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Courts Inch Closer to Recognizing Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class

August 20, 2012
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Nine out of the last 10 Congresses have tried to pass a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which among other things, would add “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the list of classes protected under Title VII. It has failed each time. Courts and the EEOC, however, continue to give the LGBT community that which the legislature has rejected.
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Piercing the Bulletproof Employee

August 16, 2012
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The potential of a retaliation claim certainly ups the ante when terminating an employee who has complained about discrimination.
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Don't Forget These Five Security Issues in Your BYOD Policy

August 14, 2012
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Any successful bring-your-own-device program results from a synergy among the C-suite, legal, IT, HR, and risk management. Involve all of these departments to make sure that your BYOD program is successful, and addresses all necessary security issues.
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