Employment Law

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Many years ago, I mediated an egregious sexual-harassment case. 

A young woman―bright, personable and talented―left the modeling world to pursue her goal of becoming a successful business executive. 

A series of nightmarish encounters with older male executives quashed her dreams. 

November 30, 2018

 


 

As a general rule, employers must pay non-exempt employees for all time that they work (broadly defined) and that includes getting ready for work (preliminary activities) and finishing work (postliminary activities).  As discussed below, there is a de minimis exemption under federal law (FLSA).

August 7, 2018

 

 

Last week President Trump outlined an ambitious agenda during his first State of the Union address. Meanwhile, lawmakers are wrapping-up their respective party retreats to set forth their legislative agendas.  Now the focus is on priority issues for the remainder of the 115th Congress, including many that will impact the workplace. 

February 5, 2018

 

 

Most folks only get out to one and if lucky two conferences a year. Of course, the SHRM Annual each June is the granddaddy of them all and one that folks look forward to attending a year in advance. However, it’s not the only conference on the schedule and you have some great options to choose from, especially if you have an interest in one particular area of HR.

February 5, 2018

Managers typically aren't as familiar as HR professionals with employment laws and often land organizations in legal hot water. When it comes to equal employment opportunity obligations, health and wellness initiatives, wage and hour issues, and labor relations and other concerns, a host of laws mandate what employers can and can't do. Managers need to know the ins and outs of these laws, and it's up to HR to help get them up to speed.

January 31, 2018

 

 

 

Remember that time when one your high-level managers walked into Human Resources. And that remorseful high-level manager voluntarily confessed to sexually harassing a subordinate — before the subordinate had even registered a complaint — with an apology so genuine and sincere that you got a little choked up.

Yeah, me neither.

January 3, 2018

 

 

I imagine that, among the reasons that victims fear complaining about sexual harassment, is that spotlight may shine a little too brightly on them.

December 3, 2017

 

 

         

 

For the past few years, I have told the changing holiday tale of the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai. Together, we have taken a journey on how we can maximize the joy and minimize the myriad risks of the holiday season.

November 27, 2017

 

 

Suppose that your former employee files a Charge of Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After an investigation, the EEOC concludes that there is probable cause that your company violated one or more of the federal anti-discrimination laws that the agency is tasked with enforcing.

October 31, 2017
 
 
The pre-cursor to many employment related lawsuits is the filing of a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Navigating the EEOC can be a confusing and daunting process. Here are five tips regarding what to when you receive a charge:
 

1. Don’t Ignore It!

October 24, 2017

 

 

Strong employment policies are crucial to any organization and should be updated regularly. Changing regulations, new case law and technology advances can quickly result in outdated, inefficient or non-compliant policies. Here are three policies that I recommend you review in light of recent events:

1.  Electronic Communications Policies

September 28, 2017

 

 

Almost every HR professional deals with an attorney.  With strong relationships, sometimes you will refer to the lawyer as your lawyer. Not so fast. Here are 6 recommendations to keep in mind when you deal with “the” lawyer:

August 8, 2017

 

 

Under federal and state laws (most or all), employers can have voluntary retirement programs. Of course, there is much litigation on whether and when an employee’s decision to retire is truly voluntary.

July 11, 2017

 

New workplace laws on minimum wage, paid sick leave, criminal background investigations and more are popping up all the time—and they don't always take effect at the beginning of a new year. HR professionals need to communicate these changes with their workforce as the laws become effective, but how often should you revise your employee handbook? Employment attorneys told SHRM Online that the answer depends on a few factors.

June 5, 2017

 

 

Federal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. 

"2016 was the busiest year I can recall in this regard," said Elaine Diedrich, an attorney with Littler in Pittsburgh.

June 2, 2017

 

The Beatles lyric is also the opening line from a recent state court opinion about hiring (or not hiring as the case may be) someone who uses medical marijuana. More on that in a bit.

Hiring and Medical Marijuana

June 1, 2017

On February 8, @shrmnextchat chatted with Beth Zoller (@bethzoller1) and Kathy Gurchiek (@SHRMwriter) about Not Your Grandparents' Handbooks.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:

 

February 8, 2017

 

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your organization’s employee handbook?

February 6, 2017