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

NLRB Judge Clips Wings of Hooters' Workplace Policies

May 28, 2014
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No matter the situation, thorough investigations and maintaining a consistent story will save your bacon in many workplace lawsuits.
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Prejudice vs. Racism: Please Don't Confuse the Two

May 27, 2014
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Prejudice is human nature; it’s not bigotry or racism, both of which imply intentional hatred.
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Apparently, Noncompetes Don't Need to be Signed to be Enforced

May 22, 2014
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As these cases illustrate, when an employee acts egregiously courts are willing to overlook things like as whether a non-compete was conventionally, or even actually, signed.
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Fired for Sneaking Off With Two Plastic Cups

May 21, 2014
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After HR advised ex-casino worker Stan Stine that it’s policy is one cup per new hire, he took matters into his own hands.
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This Week in Racism, Part 2: Macklemore

May 20, 2014
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When you are conducting investigations in your workplace, let common sense be your guide. If it looks like a bigoted stereotype, it is.


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This Week in Racism

May 19, 2014
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Employers must be vigilant in rooting out, and stopping, racist speech in the workplace, or face the consequences of potentially damaging, and expensive, discrimination lawsuits.
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Creative but Unnecessary: Lewd Picture in Harassment Case Refused as Evidence

May 15, 2014
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Bravo for creativity, but let me suggest a less intrusive, and more conclusive, alternative to the racy pic: a forensic exam of the phone that sent the photo.
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Should you Check Your Employee's Social Media Accounts?

May 14, 2014
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Do employers have a right to monitor employees’ social media accounts, or is this an invasion of their personal lives?
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Don't Be That Boss: Company Pays Big for Use of the N-Word

May 13, 2014
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Do you have a case for discrimination and harassment if you’re an African-American whose boss calls you a 'n***er,' and intimidates you with a handgun during meetings? You bet you do.
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Nude Sunbathing is not a Basis for Retaliation

May 12, 2014
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If you're caught sunbathing nude, on the roof of your elementary school-employer, don't sue for retaliation.
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