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Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group . He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute . The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in house counsel, benefits administrators and managers at Duane Morris, at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, labor, benefits and immigration matters. Read Jonathan's blog at the Duane Morris Institute or follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_HR_Law .

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In a stunning legal development, the NLRB issued on this morning, April 1, 2016, a public apology for gutting employer rules designed to increase civility and respect.  Before reading the apology, please listen to Brenda Lee sing "I'm Sorry."  It will help get you in the mood. 

The statement of the General Counsel to the NLRB stated, in pertinent part:

April 1, 2016

 
 

We all know the importance of grassroots advocacy.  How we go about it may make the difference in whether our message is, in fact, heard.  Here are ten (10) keys to consider to maximize the value of your efforts:

March 14, 2016
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When Asian Americans are described, we often hear words such as “so smart” or “so successful.”  Indeed, Asian Americans are often referred to as the “model minority.”

The reality is that, as a group, broadly defined, Asian Americans largely have been successful.  For example, while less than 30% of the general population has a bachelor’s degree, approximately 50% of Asian Americans do.

But calling a group the “model minority” hurts members of the group and can result in discrimination against individuals outside the group. Here’s why:

March 8, 2016

 

Last night was the 88th broadcast of Academy Awards.  And, even if you didn’t watch it, then you know that not one person of color was nominated for an Oscar in the categories of best actor or actress in either a primary or supporting role. 

The host was Chris Rock. And, with humor and perspective, he nailed it…effectively by reframing it.

February 29, 2016
 
           
Every year, I write a blog on Valentine’s Day on the risk of infusing Valentine’s Day into the workplace. This is not the same blog, and it is not what you may expect.
 
February 9, 2016

 

Sometimes clients ask me relative to gender:

1.  Would it be gender discrimination if we do X?

2.  Does the law require that we do Y?

Of course, we need to start with the legal imperative.  But, as HR professionals, we know we must transcend the legal imperative and focus on the business necessity (and moral obligation) to ensure gender equality.

February 4, 2016

 

There is nothing that I or anyone else can say that captures Dr. King’s words. 

So, please watch this and remember that, while we have made progress, we have a long way to go:

 

 

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January 18, 2016

                

As we all know, in EEO termination claims, how we treat the "comparators" is critical. Two (2) key questions:

1.         Did you let anyone else go for a same or similar reason?

2.         Did you not let someone else go even though they had engaged in same or similar conduct?

What do you do if you have an inconsistent practice historically?

January 5, 2016
 
Guidance from a Jewish guy who wears a chai.
 

You are a beleaguered HR professional charged with making the holidays lively without inviting lawsuits. On the day of your company’s holiday party, you walk into the lobby of your building and see the elegant Christmas pine that you helped decorate. As you behold it in its twinkling glory, a co-worker says, “That tree is inappropriate in the workplace.”

December 1, 2015

 

While we have a tragic divide in the political world, we seem united on at least one issue: we thankfully express support for our Veterans.  On this day, we make a point to thank Veterans for their service.

That’s a great start. But it is by no means enough.   

November 11, 2015

 

It is hard to go on line and not read an article, blog, post or tweet on Millennials.  There is, if you will, Millennial mania.

It is true that Millennial employees are now about 1/3 of the workforce and that percentage is rapidly growing.  But even I can figure out the math on this one:  2/3 of the workforce is composed of non-Millennials.  There is another way to describe them: older employees.

October 8, 2015

 

The Kentucky Clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is going to jail.  She has tried to justify her refusal to perform her job on the ground that to do so would violate her religious beliefs as protected by the Constitution.

Good thing employers do not have to deal with this kind of issue.  Or do we?

September 8, 2015

 

A manager has an open position. He will need to work closely with the new hire.

Alan applies for the job.  The manager truly loathes him.  I could say it softer but that is the reality.

Alan has all the requisite skill, education and experience.  But the sound of Alan’s voice makes the manager’s skin crawl.

Based on his intense dislike for Alan, the manager does not want to interview him, let alone promote him. What do you do?

August 6, 2015

Stop talking about the gender confidence gap!

I keep hearing a lot about the “confidence gap”.  Premise: women are less confident than men.  I believe those raising the issue are well intended, but I worry about the constant drum beat on this issue for three reasons:

July 7, 2015
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I just had the opportunity, no privilege, to talk with Joe Gerstandt in the blogger’s lounge at the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.  

June 30, 2015

 

As everyone knows, SCOTUS ruled 5 to 4 that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The full case is cited below. The opinion is consistent with the growing support for (or at least acceptance of) same sex marriage. 

I spent Friday reading social media postings, including tweets.  There were strongly felt emotions expressed on both sides of the issue.

These conversations will not end on social media this weekend.  They will spill into workplaces next week and for the indefinite future.

June 27, 2015

                   

Here are my top 10 words or expressions that none of us should dare say at the Annual Convention under penalty of listening to Barry Manilow for 24 hours straight while reading the FMLA intermittent regulations:

10.       Matrix

June 3, 2015

 

We have heard it before.  The proposed regulatory changes to the white collar exemption are  “imminent.”  And, then they were delayed.

Well, the regulations were sent by the  DOL to the OMB.  The conventional wisdom is that they will be published on June 18, 2015 (I suspect so the DOL can say “Spring”).

We know the purpose and effect of the proposed regulations will be to increase the number of individuals who are non-exempt.  At a minimum, exempt status will carry a heavier price tag.

June 2, 2015

Well, “Mad Men” is no more.

As AMC marketed it, we have come to an “end of an era.” Or have we?

While it was only a television show, or so people try to tell me, the workplace implications resonated with so many of us in the HR/business community. Perhaps that is because, while much has changed, some things are still painfully similar.

May 18, 2015