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My Top Ten Ways to Avoid Being Sued in 2016

I love this time of year. For some magical reason, everyone’s mood changes and smiles appear. Perhaps it’s their pending vacation or the chance to spend quality time with friends and family. So, in the spirit of the holidays, here is my gift to all our readers.   Drum rolls please . . .  TEN WAYS TO AVOID GETTING … Continue Reading

First Monday in October Promises Important Rulings in Employee Cases

Ver la versión en español aquí Walter Matthau and Jill Clayburgh were gifted actors.  But the new term of the Supreme Court, which opens today, promises to generate some drama of its own as well. Somewhat lost amid the understandable attention received by the historic same-sex marriage and Obamacare rulings last year were several important Supreme … Continue Reading

Miranda Rights in the Workplace? Not Quite, but Meet His Cousin Weingarten

Ver la versión en español aquí Picture this.  You suspect an employee (Slick Fingers) has been stealing in the workplace for weeks.  Today, multiple witnesses approach you and say they have witnessed Slick taking money from the cash register.  You feel inspired by the four episodes of the “First 48” you watched the night before … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Takes No Prisoners: Rebukes NLRB Decision Declaring “Common Sense Sometimes Matters”

Ver la versión en español aquí “Common sense sometimes matters in resolving legal disputes.” That’s how the D.C. Circuit began its opinion reversing a widely publicized 2011 decision by the NLRB finding that AT&T Connecticut had committed an unfair labor practice when it banned AT&T employees from wearing “Prisoner” shirts to the homes of customers. … Continue Reading

OMG! Your Policy Says What? Part 2

Ver la versión en español aquí Many employers and their attorneys believe the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has gone off the deep end.  This school of thought was again reinforced with the NLRB’s June 18, 2015 Remington Lodge Hospitality decision. In a 2-to-1 decision, the NLRB held that the Sheraton Anchorage hotel committed an unfair … Continue Reading

Unions’ Dream of “Quickie” Elections, Now a Reality

Ver la versión en español aquí I was on my high school track team.  My favorite race was the 100-yard dash.  I distinctly remember practicing how to spring quickly out of the starting line blocks when the gun fired.  The faster I jumped out of the blocks, the greater the odds of winning. This image came to mind when I met last week with the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) for Region 12. Region 12 … Continue Reading

Wrestling with Independent Contractors

Ver la versión en español aquí As I sit here watching professional wrestling with my son, it hits me. Vincent Kennedy McMahon, the Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment, is a genius. First, Mr. McMahon has kept me interested in staged fights (with predetermined outcomes) for the majority of my life. Second, I marvel at how … Continue Reading

Bathroom Breaks & Decreased Productivity #HoldItIn2WinAPrize

Ver la versión en español aquí Employers have fairly wide discretion in terms of developing work rules designed to increase productivity and decrease time spent “slacking off.” But, if you believe the reports, one Chicago-based company may have gone too far. Apparently, WaterSaver Faucet Company has been experiencing a decrease in employee productivity. The perceived … Continue Reading

The Wage & Hour Battle Rages On

Ver la versión en español aquí Over the last several months, President Obama has continued his push to revamp the nation’s minimum wage and overtime laws. He has faced an uphill battle. In a Presidential Memorandum dated March 13, 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the … Continue Reading

FMLA UPDATE: Proposed Revision to Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Spouses, Regardless of Where They Live

On June 20, 2014, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its proposal to change the FMLA’s definition of “spouse”. According to the DOL, the purpose of the proposed change is to “ensure that same-sex couples who have legally married will have consistent FMLA rights regardless of where they live.” Under the current FMLA regulations, employees … Continue Reading

Effective Use of Non-Compete Agreements

As recently reported by The New York Times, non-compete agreements are popping-up in a wide array of businesses to protect varied business interests. As businesses have come to recognize, non-competes are not limited to protection against disclosure of a “top secret” formula, process, or technological invention.  A properly drafted non-compete agreement may have much wider … Continue Reading
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