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Complaint Procedure (With More “Fixes” to Come)

On June 29 – for the twenty-first straight year - - I will have the pleasure to share my expertise on handbooks at SHRM’s 2015 Annual Conference.  Over the years, approximately 10,000 SHRM members have walked away with a new way of looking at their handbooks: “every word counts.”

May 12, 2015

High Court to Review Time Limit for Filing Constructive Discharge Claim

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May 1, 2015



You are investigating a complaint of harassment.  You meet with witness Wally and he tells you the following:

April 23, 2015

Unwittingly Asking Illegal Interview Questions

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April 20, 2015

Robust Internal Complaint Program Can Stave Off False Claims Act Lawsuits

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April 16, 2015

Profane Facebook Rant Was Protected, Concerted Activity

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April 9, 2015

Unclear Beneficiaries Force Retirement Plans into Court

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April 1, 2015

Texas District Court Enjoins FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule

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March 30, 2015


On March 25, @shrmnextchat chatted with Kevin W. Grossman (@KevinWGrossman) about "What I Wish I Would Have Known" before starting a career in HR.

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets -- and some great advice -- from the chat:


March 25, 2015



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Minimize Potential Liability with Social Media

By Allen Smith  3/23/2015

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March 24, 2015

The 2015 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference is March 23-25 in Washington, D.C.  

Check out the Storify below with all the best tweets from the conference: 

March 23, 2015

On my speaking boondoggles around the country, what’s the biggest issue I hear from HR professionals involving transgender employees?

Yep, it’s the use of the bathroom.

March 19, 2015


In this electronically connected workforce, telecommuting or working from home is easier than ever. Research shows that employees who work from home tend to be more productive then when in the office, but setting up a telecommuting policy may not be as easy as it sounds. There are certain legal implications that employers should consider when allowing employees to work from home.

February 24, 2015


Well, there are now fewer calls to the phone banks of plaintiffs’ lawyers’ as most problems resulting from holiday parties already have been raised.  But plaintiffs’ lawyers have no fear: there will be a salvo of calls after Valentine’s Day.  And that reminds me of a story.

It is 9:00 a.m.  A secretary reports to her desk.  Waiting for her is a sealed card.

The secretary opens the envelope and it is a Valentine's Day card from her manager.  Having undergone sensitivity training, the manager signs it "fondly" as opposed to "lovingly."

February 10, 2015



California #HR professionals already have a lot of state-specific details they need to understand. This year, many new laws are taking effect, and employers are grappling with a flurry of court rulings and regulatory activity from 2014.

To help clarify the changes, the California Chamber of Commerce provided an overview in Long Beach on Jan. 14, 2015–one in a series of seminars being held statewide this month.

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January 30, 2015

You know all that stuff you read on the internet about employees who can badmouth their boss on the internet, all in the name of free speech, and not get fired for it....

Yeah, about that...

[More after the jump...]

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January 22, 2015


Earlier this week, I wrote about the issue of threats made via Facebook constitute constitutionally protected speech.  Today’s post also is about threats made via Facebook but in the context of the workplace.  The case, decided by the Court of Appeals of Ohio, is timed perfectly for my road trip tomorrow to Ohio. 

January 7, 2015

Social media use continues to increase exponentially.  This increase has been accompanied by the increased interest in regulation of social media influenced employment decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  Social media posts frequently reach thousands of people.  Employers are concerned, and rightfully so.   

November 6, 2014

In July 2014, Littler published its third annual Executive Employer Survey, which examined how the nation’s largest employers are being affected by current economic conditions and regulatory changes. 

Not surprisingly, the survey found an increase in the number of employers whose employees are so disenchanted and disengaged that they’re suing their companies more aggressively, primarily for discrimination and harassment.

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August 27, 2014