michael.jacobson

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Michael C. Jacobson is the legal editor for the organizational exit and investigations and litigation sections of XpertHR.

Prior to joining XpertHR, Michael worked as an attorney in Manhattan for six years where he defended employers and healthcare providers against wrongful termination, discrimination, medical malpractice and general liability claims.

Michael obtained his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the notes and comments editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal.

Michael is on Twitter @HRTerminator and LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/lf2hrnr

 

 

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Articles by Michael.Jacobson

Much of the employment-related commentary and guidance around what to expect from the Trump Administration can be summed up as follows: wait and see. I’ve been guilty of it myself with HR Intel, harping on the uncertainty that this transition presents to employers in the absence of specifics.

January 25, 2017
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After a tumultuous 2016 and on the cusp of some major changes in regulations and protections for employees, your workers are undoubtedly looking for some stability from their employer. One of the best ways to demonstrate that is to ensure effective outreach and interaction with employees by being exceptionally responsive, thorough and clear.

January 12, 2017
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As the future of the US continues to take shape, daily developments tend to raise more questions than they answer. Historically, economists say that uncertainty is bad for the economy, but uber-successful investors like Warren Buffett say that fear and uncertainty present huge opportunities for investors. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

December 7, 2016

 

 

How ironic is it that the campaign slogan which helped propel Bill Clinton to the presidency in 1992 is now being cited as the reason his wife, Hillary Clinton, lost the election 24 years later? As they say, history often repeats itself, but we don’t always learn the lesson.

November 23, 2016

 

About six weeks ago, we covered some of Chipotle’s HR trials and tribulations, including a class action lawsuit filed by 10,000 workers claiming wage theft and the NLRB attacking provisions of the Chipotle employee handbook. Turns out, that was only the tip of the HR iceberg.

October 26, 2016

 

A series of sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s in the past month has laid the groundwork for a potential new joint employer battle for the purveyor of patties.

October 12, 2016
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September 28, 2016
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You may have noticed, but brick and mortar retail stores are not doing so hot these days. It’s hard not to notice with the bevy of big box stores closing in neighborhoods everywhere, leaving strip malls with giant, shuttered eyesores and a ton of unused parking spaces littered with rolling tumbleweeds. So with some big companies essentially throwing in the towel on the physical vs. virtual shopping battle, what’s the impact this will have on HR?

August 25, 2016
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A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

August 11, 2016
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A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

Your company’s stance on politically-charged discourse at work says a lot about company culture, but it’s also an important indicator of success in the 21st century.

July 27, 2016

 

A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

Summer is a great time to be outside, but that also means there’s more outdoor work going on, more construction and ultimately, more safety incidents.

July 19, 2016

A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about monumental changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) taking effect in December 2016, but the actual impact of those changes on your business and the potential consequences if the transition isn’t handled properly remain firmly on the horizon.

June 30, 2016

                

Is Uber’s recognition of the Independent Driver’s Guild (IDG) in New York a step in the right direction or an evil red herring? It depends, of course, on which lawyer you ask.

One the one hand, lawyers for the IDG say the agreement with Uber will guarantee drivers monthly meetings to raise concerns, create an appeals process for driver termination decisions and provide legal services and benefits to drivers at discounted rates.

June 1, 2016

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

May 19, 2016

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

May 4, 2016

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

April 6, 2016

 

 

Don’t try this at work. Please. I’m begging you.

Ah, April Fools’ Day. A day when harmless, innocent pranks actually do harm people and are far, far from innocent. But hey, we all get some good laughs out of them, right?

April 1, 2016

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

If you’re in HR, March is probably one of your favorite times of year. There are no messy open enrollment or year-end issues to deal with, there’s a bit of an ebb in legislative volatility and winter is poised to end, meaning transportation and attendance issues are hopefully about to clear up a bit while seasonal affective disorder is on its way out.

March 23, 2016