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

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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Confidential Workplace Investigations are Under Attack … by the EEOC?

August 13, 2012
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should be championing confidential investigations, not signaling that they constitute a flagrant violation of Title VII.
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Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

August 10, 2012
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This awful catastrophe reminds us that we should view people as people, and not as colors, religions, or stereotypes.
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Richard Kimble and the ADA

August 9, 2012
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Allowing an employee to work in a position makes it difficult to argue later that the employee was not qualified for that same position.
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Do Your Agreements Provide for Waivers of Collective Actions?

August 8, 2012
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Before embarking on a campaign to require that your employees sign away their participation in collective actions, you might want to wait for the 6th Circuit to have its say on the issue.
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Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

August 7, 2012
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As a recent case points out, telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation remains the exception, not the rule.
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Does a 'Good Faith Belief' About an Illegal Pay Practice Support an FLSA Retaliation Claim?

August 6, 2012
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Despite a recent ruling, if an employee you have classified as exempt complains about overtime pay, do not assume it is safe to retaliate.
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A Letter to the NLRB on Its Latest Position Against Confidential Workplace Investigations

August 2, 2012
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Halting confidential workplace investigations serves no one's interest, including the employees the agency is sworn to protect.
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