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

The EEOC Gets Extreme With CVS Lawsuit

April 8, 2014
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What does one make of a recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC against CVS, claiming that a severance agreement it provided to three employees unlawfully restricted their rights?
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Workplace Gossip and the NLRB

April 7, 2014
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It’s okay to 'gossip' in the workplace, as long it’s not 'negative,' said the NLRB.
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If You Don't Want Anti-Bullying Legislation, Give Me a 'Hell Yeah!'

April 3, 2014
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The quickest way to ensure that generalized workplace bullying becomes illegal is for employers to continue to ignore it.


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The Wage-and-Hour Implications of the NLRB’s Northwestern Football Player Ruling

March 27, 2014
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If scholarship athletes are employees, then they are likely owed minimum wage and overtime. This case has huge implications beyond collective bargaining.
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'Motorboating' Equals a $567K Harassment Verdict

March 26, 2014
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Harassment is harassment, whether its a male-on-female, or female-on-male. As long as the harassment is 'because of sex,' it’s illegal.
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Please, Please, Please Be Careful What you Email

March 25, 2014
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Nothing good comes from putting statements like 'too bad he’s male' in emails, or text messages, or voice mails, or any other form of communication.
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It's Still Illegal Not to Hire Someone Because They Have HIV

March 24, 2014
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The Americans with Disabilities Act protects HIV as a disability.
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What a Slick Union-Avoidance Campaign Looks Like

March 20, 2014
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Understanding that union avoidance starts as soon as a job candidate walks in your door to apply for a job is the first step in honing the right strategy that will keep your company union free.
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Lactation at Work Requires Reasonableness on Both Sides

March 19, 2014
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Conflict resolution requires a give-and-take, not a give-and-give – not only in dealing with the unique needs of lactating employees, but in resolving all conflict within the workplace.
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A Call for the DOL to Fix What is Wrong With Our Wage-and-Hour Laws

March 17, 2014
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The FLSA needs to be scrapped and rebuilt from scratch. Otherwise, a confusing system will be left in place that is unfair to both employers and employees.
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