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

How Flexible are our Workplaces?

May 7, 2014
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There is no excuse for an employer to not offer flexibility. If the employee isn’t performing, treat it as an indictment of that employee, not the flexibility policy.
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Potty-Mouthed Employees

May 6, 2014
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Most non-union employees are at-will, which means you can fire them for any reason, as long as some other law, such as discrimination laws, doesn’t trump. So, if an employee has a potty mouth, you can fire her, right?
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The NLRB is Looking to Overturn Email Solicitation Rules

May 5, 2014
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While a revised ruling would be consistent with the NLRB’s recent position on workplace communication, it is concerning for employers and bears monitoring.
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With Workplace Social Media, Don’t Be Like Emperor Nero

May 1, 2014
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Employers perceive social media as a workplace problem that’s not going away, but many are choosing to do nothing about it.
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Your Corporate Message Against Discrimination Must Start at the Top

April 30, 2014
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You need to decide what kind of company you want to be, and set the tone all the time.
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Don't Ask Medical-Related Questions During Interviews

April 29, 2014
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Questions about medical conditions during interviews taints the entire process.
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NLRB judge: Employers Cannot Require Employee Social Media Disclaimers

April 28, 2014
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This decision adds to the confusion that already exists around workplace social media policies. As for me, I see little harm in these types of disclaimers.
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What Facebook's More Than 1 Billion Active Users Mean for the Workplace

April 25, 2014
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Over 1 billion active Facebook users should be a wake-up call for any business that is ignoring the impact of mobile technologies on your workplace.
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Revisiting the Misnamed and Misunderstood Term 'Wage Theft'

April 24, 2014
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Most wage and hour mistakes are honest ones born out of a misunderstanding of the law, not a desire to cheat or steal from employees.
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6th Circuit Recognizes Telecommuting as an ADA Reasonable Accommodation

April 23, 2014
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While telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation remains the exception, the line that separates exception from rule is shifting as technology makes work-at-home arrangements more feasible.
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