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

New FMLA Forms and Posters Coming Next Week

February 28, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new FMLA regulations. The substance of these new regulations, which go into place March 8, relate to the FMLA's military leave provisions and airline flight crew personnel.
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Does Social Media Change the Meaning of Solicitation?

February 25, 2013
By defining “solicitation” to include passive social media connections and activities, you are at least putting yourself into a position to have a court consider shutting down an ex-employee for maintaining online relationships.
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It's Your Last Chance … to Avoid Retaliation

February 22, 2013
Agreements are wonderful tools to use with our employees. They come in all shapes and sizes. No matter the agreement, however, there is one clause that it cannot contain: a covenant by the employee waiving his or her right to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.
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