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

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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More on Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

October 23, 2012
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While telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation remains the exception, the line that separates exception from rule is shifting as technology makes telecommuting more feasible.
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The Real Problem with Individual Liability

October 22, 2012
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There is little, if any benefit to keeping individual liability as a part of Ohio's employment discrimination statute, and it is a key facet of this reform that must become part of the law of this state.
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Major Reform to Ohio's Discrimination Laws Introduced in State Senate

October 19, 2012
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This bill presents a tangible opportunity to fix a broken law. Ohio's current employment discrimination statute is so different from both its federal counterpart and the similar laws of other states that it places Ohio at a competitive disadvantage.
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Employment Law Blog Carnival: The 007 Edition

October 17, 2012
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's most famous movie spy, James Bond. Since many have compared my suaveness and sophistication with that of 007, celebrating Bond is a fitting topic for my edition of the monthly roundup of the best that the employment law blawgosphere has to offer.
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Employers or Employees: Who Owns Social Media Accounts?

October 16, 2012
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While Dr. Linda Eagle was president of Edcomm, she established an account on Linkedin, which she used to promote Edcomm's services. After Edcomm terminated Eagle, the company accessed her LinkedIn account and changed her password, and changed the account to display the name and photograph of its new CEO.
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