We Know Next Weekly Recap: December 10-14th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance is difficult and annoying, said Mark Oberti, an attorney with Oberti Sullivan LLP in Houston, at the National Employment Law Institute’s Annual Employment Law Conference in Arlington, Va., Nov. 16, 2012. The U.S. Department of Labor’s FMLA regulations often aren’t much help, as they rarely make it clear when an employer may fire someone, he added.

When Amir Farhi, CEO of Netotiate, a company that conducts online merchandise negotiations, was seeking to fill a key inside sales representative job, he didn’t turn to job boards or a career website for help. Farhi instead looked to hire for the position through referrals from his employees’ network of friends and connections on social media sites LinkedIn and Facebook.

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to struggle over the question of who qualifies as a supervisor under federal nondiscrimination laws. Hearing oral arguments in a case from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 26, 2012, the high court addressed the issue, left unanswered in previous Supreme Court decisions, of when a “supervisor” includes an employee who oversees and directs other workers’ daily tasks, but has no authority over their formal employment status, (Vance v. Ball State Univ., No. 11-556).

The states of Colorado and Washington made drug-law history on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012, when voters approved measures to legalize and regulate the production, possession and distribution of recreational marijuana for individuals age 21 and older. The new laws, which allow each state to administer the sale and distribution of marijuana in a manner similar to current state laws on the use and sale of alcohol, are unique in the nation.

“Employers should never assume every employee celebrates holidays in the same way,” wrote Lyn Maylone, an HR manager from the Detroit, Mich., area, in her contest submission. She suggested employers allow employees to plan activities, such as a potluck luncheon or food drive, without tying either activity to a specific holiday.

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