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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 the F?! NLRB Allows Employee to Curse Out the Boss

June 5, 2014
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It's not that far from the NLRB letting the chickens run the workplace henhouse. How will employers be able to effectively manage then?
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A Black and Blue Lawsuit: Tiffany & Co. Sued for Race Discrimination

June 4, 2014
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It doesn't look good if only 0.5 percent of your managers are African American when you're defending a race-discrimination case.
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Employers Beware: EEOC Stepping Up Disability Discrimination Enforcement

June 2, 2014
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Ten of the 22 lawsuits filed or settlements reached by the EEOC in May included allegations of disability discrimination. That’s a .455 batting average, which is none too shabby in anyone’s book.
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You Should be Paying Your Interns

May 29, 2014
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If you use the services of interns, pay them. Otherwise, you are taking a huge gamble that is difficult to win.
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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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