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Strict Enforcement of Non-Negotiable Employment Policies: A Few Horror Stories

While having well written policies and procedures for employees is very important, these policies and procedures cannot cover every situation. Employers need to retain some flexibility. Non-negotiable rules can violate employment laws and result in very expensive claims. How expensive?… Continue Reading

Florida Employers: Do Your Employees Text and Drive?

Ver la versión en español aquí If yes, they need to stop today. Why? Effective October 1, 2019, Florida drivers can use wireless communication devices (e.g., cell phones) only in a hands-free manner when driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or work zone where construction personnel are present or operating equipment on the … Continue Reading

“5 Tips to Help Avoid Employment Lawsuits” Key Takeaways

Ver la versión en español aquí Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce’s IMPACT Series: A Seminar Series for Small Business. The audience was comprised of business and human resources professionals across several sectors. For those of you who were not able to attend the presentation, I … Continue Reading

Religious Discrimination: Gone Today, Hair Tomorrow

Ver la versión en español aquí As an update to this post from April, New York recently became the second state to prohibit race discrimination based on hair bias. The bill, signed into law on July 12: Prohibits race discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles; defines “race” for certain specific purposes to include, but … Continue Reading

NLRB Speak on Employee Handbook Provisions (Again). Private Sector Employers Take Note.

Ver la versión en español aquí Coastal Industries, a Jacksonville, Florida employer, thought it had an employee handbook that was compliant with the dictates of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). After a NLRB review of its handbook, however, it got a rude awakening. Remember, the NLRB can find workplace policies to be unfair labor … Continue Reading

Grooming Standards: No Longer So “Hair-Larious”

Ver la versión en español aquí After seeing several players’ hair covering their jersey numbers during a performance of the Star Spangled Banner, former New York Yankees’ owner, George Steinbrenner, instructed the players to cut their hair. It was then, in 1973, that the New York Yankees’ grooming policy was born.  The official team policy … Continue Reading

Biometric Time Keeping and Employee Tracking – Thumbs Up or Down?

Ver la versión en español aquí Unless you recently woke up from a cryogenic slumber, your biometric information is out there. In today’s world, devices scan our palms before taking standardized tests. We unlock our phones with our fingers and our face. And we bicker with our named audio speakers in order to turn down … Continue Reading

Reading Your Employment Policy Documents Probably Won’t Win You $10,000- It Could Be Worth Much More

Ver la versión en español aquí Recently, an insurance company released a story about a secret contest it launched offering $10,000 to the first person who read their insurance policy. The catch: the only way you could find out about the contest was to actually read the policy. 73 policies were sold and sent out … Continue Reading

Tips For Having a (Hopefully) Happy Office Holiday Party

With the New Year right around the corner, office holiday parties are in full swing. While many enjoy celebrating the season, these festivities can sometimes turn into an HR disaster. To help ensure your celebrations are jolly, check out my tips on planning a fun, festive and inclusive holiday party here. Wishing you all a safe, happy … Continue Reading

Employers Need To Deny This Employee Request: “Please Don’t Tell Anyone, But My Supervisor . . .”

Ver la versión en español aquí HR folks – Have you ever had an employee tell you that he or she is being unlawfully harassed by a co-worker, but then begged you to keep the complaint confidential? Most often, employees ask their employers not to investigate their concerns because of embarrassment or fear of retribution.  … Continue Reading

Is Your Office Halloween Party Frightening The HR Department?

Halloween office parties can be very scary- HR folks need to be particularly wary. Provocative costumes are a big “no no”; Policy violators may receive the heave ho.   I guess my feeble attempt at poetry left some folks howling at the moon. Halloween is just two days away, which means we’re all one inappropriate … Continue Reading

Happy Holidays, or Is It? Steering Clear of Religious Discrimination and Other Landmines During the Holidays!

Ver la versión en español aquí It’s that time of year again. The holidays are wonderful, but can produce some dicey situations for your HR Department. The holidays mean a lot of things to different people: whether it’s playing dreidel, decorating a Christmas tree, or doing nothing at all. Employers need to be mindful of … Continue Reading

Headline News! HR Tips to Curb Harassment and Discrimination

Ver la versión en español aquí While several well-known corporate executives, movie stars, government officials and other high profile people have been facing sexual harassment claims in recent weeks (and the list seems to increase daily), the issue is most assuredly not limited to those in the public eye.  All employers are wise to use … Continue Reading

Halloween is a Scary Time for Employers

Ver la versión en español aquí I have always been fascinated when the shy people that I know suddenly become exhibitionists when it comes to donning Halloween costumes. Whether it is a sexy French maid costume from Victoria’s Secret or Captain Underpants® (from the Dreamworks movie), adult costumes have become much edgier. Those costumes are … Continue Reading

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana May Be “Reasonable Accommodation”—Still No Guidance in Florida

Ver la versión en español aquí On November 8, 2016, Florida voters approved the medical use of marijuana for individuals with certain debilitating medical conditions. The effective date was January 3, 2017.  However, to date, Florida has done nothing to address how employers are to treat employees who will be prescribed marijuana for their disabilities. One … Continue Reading

Emails – An Essential Tool That Can Make You Look Like a Fool

Ver la versión en español aquí Politics aside, the emails which the President’s son recently published serve as a reminder that email is a very powerful tool – one that can be both beneficial and detrimental.  The President’s son has admitted that, in hindsight, he should have handled the situation differently.  He’s probably referring both … Continue Reading

Cyberattack: All Eyes on HR

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Tuesday, a massive ransomware attack hit global businesses around the world. Last month, the worldwide cyberattack WannaCry affected more than 300,000 computers in over 150 countries. These are just the latest in a string of cybersecurity incidents that have threatened not only the confidentiality of company information, but the … Continue Reading

Top Takeaways from Our 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Another successful seminar in the books! Thank you to the nearly 400 attendees who came from near and far. We hope you were able to get a “glimpse into the future” of Labor & Employment law. Check out our Facebook album with photos from the event to see if you can spot yourself or your … Continue Reading

Data Breaches May Cost Corporations Dearly

Ver la versión en español aquí Yahoo! has taken several hits in the last six months for failing to protect its users’ electronic information. Its September, 2016 announcement of a massive 2014 data breach that exposed the email addresses and other personally identifiable information (“PII”) of approximately 500 million accountholders derailed its proposed merger with … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

I cannot believe another year has come and gone! We are quickly approaching our 27th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar. Join us Friday, May 19th from 8am-4pm at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami as we “Predict the Future” and discuss what awaits employers in 2017. Mark your calendars now because this year’s seminar is not to … Continue Reading

Theft of Confidential Information: Pfizer’s Wiser, Are You?

Ver la versión en español aquí Did she really think she’d get away with misappropriating 600 files from her former employer by surreptitiously downloading them onto a USB drive?  That’s what a former global marketing executive for Pfizer recently did just before she resigned.  Oh, and she apparently also sent to her personal email account … Continue Reading

Employer’s Honest Mistake Bests FMLA Retaliation Claim

We all know that honesty is the best policy but what about an honest mistake?  Can an honest mistake save you from liability in a retaliation lawsuit under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Just last month, federal appeals court in Pennsylvania said – Yes. In Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC, the federal 3rd … Continue Reading
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