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The Importance of Employee-Invention and IP Agreements

April 17, 2014
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These agreements are usually part of a larger confidentiality agreement, or non-competition agreement, but also can be standalone. The point is to avoid any dispute over who created what.
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Has Workplace Drug Testing Gone to Pot With Legalized Marijuana?

April 9, 2014
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Until the courts sort these issues out, prudent employers should tread carefully and consult with their employment counsel before disciplining or firing any employees who are using legally prescribed marijuana away from work.
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Legal Briefing: FMLA for a Vacay Might Be OK

April 9, 2014
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An employee may be eligible for FMLA leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition even when not obtaining medical treatment.
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Legal Briefing: Decision on 'Transitory' Disabilities

April 9, 2014
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An employee may have an ADA-covered disability, even if the impairment is transitory or episodic in nature.
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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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General Motors: Too Late for a Culture Shift?

April 7, 2014
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GM President Mary Barra expressed regret over the Cobalt’s safety issues; she stated that GM is now moving from a culture of cost containment to a culture of safety. 


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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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Union, Maybe

April 6, 2014
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The future of labor-management relations is as complicated as ever.
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Sacred Grounds — for Lawsuits

April 6, 2014
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Religious discrimination claims have been on the rise recently, especially ones involving accommodation requests, legal experts say.
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The Legal ABCs of E-Recruiting

March 20, 2014
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Hiring practices carried out online might appear to be neutral at first glance, but they could have the unintended effect of excluding people.
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