Tag Archives: Employment policy

Law Would Ban Florida Employers from “E-Stalking”

Ver la versión en español aquí Not long ago, we blogged about social media as a blessing and a curse for employers.  On the one hand, social media helps businesses market products and services; on the other, social media provides employees with an easily-accessible platform to draw negative attention to the business. To prevent (or minimize) … Continue Reading

Telecommuting: Perk or Problem?

Ver la versión en español aquí As we become increasingly more mobile, telecommuting programs are among the fastest growing benefit for employees. While the term “work from home” may trigger visions of a 24-year-old with a laptop at a Starbucks, the typical telecommuter is actually a 49-year old college graduate. Having an endless supply of … Continue Reading

Facebook “Unfriending” – A Form of Workplace Bullying?

Employers in Australia may be scrambling to update their social media and anti-bullying policies in light of a finding by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), Australia’s national workplace relations tribunal, that Facebook “unfriending” may constitute workplace bullying. The FWC was tasked with analyzing whether Rachael Roberts — a real estate agent sales administrator — was … Continue Reading

The Pros and Khans of Good Workplace Management

Ver la versión en español aquí Recently, I had occasion to watch Season 1 of the Netflix series, Marco Polo. The plot is based on the 13th century Mongolian Empire. However, to an employment lawyer, it all seems like a page out of an employment law primer. The main protagonist (read, disgruntled employee), Marco Polo, … 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?

Ver la versión en español aquí Title VII, through the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), has expressly prohibited pregnancy discrimination since 1978. Thirteen years later, the Supreme Court, in Johnson Controls, told us that even well-intentioned, but facially discriminatory, gender and pregnancy based employment policies — like Johnson Control’s policy of prohibiting fertile women from working … Continue Reading

6 Words That Cost an NBA Star $25,000

Ver la versión en español aquí Another sports blunder creates another blogging opportunity. In the 3rd quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers/Cleveland Cavaliers NBA game last Thursday night, the Clippers’ All-Star guard, Chris Paul, received a technical foul after he questioned a rookie referee. The referee happened to be a female, Lauren Holtkamp. Do you … Continue Reading

Wait for It!…Wait for It! (But Don’t Expect to Get Paid for It.)

Ver la versión en español aquí Yesterday, employers gained an important victory in the ongoing wave of litigation over what time is or is not considered compensable work time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are not required to pay employees for the time spent waiting to clear … Continue Reading

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy – 10 Tips for Protecting Your Business

Ver la versión en español aquí Do you allow employees to access company data using their personal portable electronic devices instead of company-issued devices? For example, do employees use their smart phones to contact customers and store customer contact information, preferences, etc., on their phones? When these employees quit or are terminated, have you implemented … Continue Reading

Is Fantasy Football Affecting Your Workplace?

Ver la versión en español aquí The football may be fantasy, but how real is its effect on productivity in your workplace? A recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an employment consulting firm, states that fantasy football, with an estimated 31 million working-age participants, may cost employers close to $14 billion. According to … 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

Religious Discrimination: The Balance Between Protecting Customer Relations and Making Employee Accommodations

Ver la versión en español aquí A bank teller in Kentucky recently sued her employer claiming that she was fired from her job for telling every customer she met to “have a blessed day.” She was just being polite, right? Well, the bank alleges that several customers were offended by the teller’s comment. The teller also … Continue Reading

EEOC Shines Spotlight on Employers’ Dress Code Policies That Interfere With Religious Practices

Three cases brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) highlight the importance of employers considering religious accommodations for their dress code policies.  Pursuant to the law, a religious accommodation must be made as long as it does not impose an undue hardship to the employer. Two of the cases brought by the EEOC are … Continue Reading

Employers’ Obligations Under Florida’s Medical Marijuana Laws Hazy

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed SB 1030 today.  This law now makes it legal for qualified patients in Florida to take low-THC cannabis in liquid form to treat certain seizure disorders, such as epilepsy and muscle spasms, and for cancer.  While SB 1030 will likely not have a huge impact on day-to-day operations in the … Continue Reading

Should Your Employment Policies Be Translated?

Ver la versión en español aquí “Comprenden sus empleados las políticas de empleo?” If you did not understand that, take notice of a recent decision by a federal court judge. In the case, an employee sued his former employer for alleged unpaid wages. When the employee began his employment, he signed an agreement stating he … Continue Reading
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