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

EEOC Goes Nuts as Its Fiscal Year Closes

October 4, 2012
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How do you know that Sept. 28 marked the end of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission fiscal year? Because it filed over two dozen lawsuits that week.
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Pay Attention: NLRB Issues its Second Social Media Decision in a Month (Knauz BMW)

October 3, 2012
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Employers need to pay careful and diligent attention to this issue. Social media and other employee communication policies remain on the forefront of the National Labor Relations Board's hit parade.
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Now the NLRB Says Employers Can't Regulate Threatening or Offensive Speech (This is Getting Ridiculous)

October 2, 2012
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The business community needs to pay careful attention to cases such as Fresenius USA Manufacturing. The NLRB continues to dangerously regulate employers rights to control and remedy workplace misconduct, all in the name of “protected concerted activity.”
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The One Question I Would Ask Paul Ryan During the Debates

October 1, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates.
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The One Question I Would Ask Joe Biden During the Debates

September 28, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates. Today's target—Vice President Joe Biden.
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The One Question I Would Ask Mitt Romney During the Debates

September 27, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates.
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The One Question I Would Ask President Obama During the Debates

September 26, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates.
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Firing an Employee? Tell Them! (Don't 'Milton' the Termination)

September 24, 2012
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If you are going to fire an employee, don't you owe it to him as a human being to at least tell him?
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Employers Are Increasingly Worried About Social Media and Workplace Technology

September 20, 2012
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You may not be convinced that workplace technology (which includes social media and mobile devices) is not the key issue currently facing employers. This survey, however, says otherwise.
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Do Your Employees Know What “Loyalty” Means?

September 19, 2012
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Employees owe a responsibility to those who sign their paychecks not only to avoid breaches of this duty of loyalty, but also to avoid placing themselves in circumstances that could call their loyalty into question.
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