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Employer Liability for Employee Cell Phone Use Behind The Wheel
October 4, 2018
The individual risks and potential liability associated with behind-the-wheel cell phone use are well known. What may be lesser known is the extent to which an employer can be held liable for a cell phone-related accident involving one of its employees.
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EEO Tips: Mandatory Flu Shot Policies
August 29, 2018
Believe it or not, summer is almost over and itis again time to think about flu vaccines! How effective will they be this year, will you and your family get shots, and will the flu shot be required for your employees?
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Wage and Hour Tips: When is Travel Time Considered Work Time
August 29, 2018
One of the most confusing areas of the FLSA is determining whether travel time is considered work time. The following provides an outline of the enforcement principles used by Wage Hour to administer the Act.
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New York State Draft Sexual Harassment Policy, Complaint Form, and Training Released
August 29, 2018
Late last week, New York State launched a new website offering sexual harassment resources for employees and employers, including the much anticipated model sexual harassment policy, complaint form, and training called for by the sexual harassment legislation enacted last year.
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Drafting a Parental Leave Policy? Learn from the Estée Lauder Story or You'll Risk Smelling Stinky
August 6, 2018
Parental leave policies are on the rise.Maternity. Paternity. Caregiver. You name it. I am drafting more of these policies than ever before.
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Rising Concerns for Employers with Distracted Drivers
July 31, 2018
There are many industries that require their employees to drive either their own vehicles or company-owned vehicles as a part of their job duties. With the rise of smartphones and the ability to do multiple things while driving, drivers, employers, and state legislatures have grown more and more concerned with distracted drivers.
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Pitfalls of Zero Tolerance Policies
July 31, 2018
Zero tolerance policies are a good thing, right? Because of the many workplace misconduct scandals that have become public in recent  months, employers  are  taking  harder looks at how they handle allegations of harassment, from addressing  complaints to carrying out discipline for offenders.
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Are You Prepared To Handle The #MeToo Movement In Your Workplace?
July 31, 2018
Months into the #MeToo movement, daily reports of high-profile sexual harassment complaints have led to a new question – are employers prepared to handle a harassment complaint?
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Massachusetts: Does the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) Create an Immediate Entitlement to Maternity Leave?
July 13, 2018
Massachusetts has its own parental leave law, which requires employers with six or more employees to provide eight weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.
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Weighing In On Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Proposed Regulation Regarding Sexual Harassment
May 8, 2018
On May 3, 2018, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) held a workshop to receive public input regarding its proposal to amend Nevada Gaming Commission Regulation 5 to require licensees’ adoption of certain procedures, policies, and training regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Beware of Biometrics
March 29, 2018
Biometric authentication technology is becoming widely used by employers to track employee data, employee work hours, and employee locations. This creates a potential source of employer liability.
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What Is a “Bomb Cyclone,” and Do We Have to Pay Employees Who Miss Work Because of the Weather?
January 4, 2018
For those of us who have lived in New England for all or most of our lives, we’re used to hearing a lot of different names for our not-uncommon winter storms.  But the term “bomb cyclone” is a new one.
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Oct 18

Texas Court of Appeals Reverses Dismissal on Plea to Jurisdiction in Former Policeman’s Whistleblower Suit: https://t.co/CRyDReFJ5n

Oct 18

New @SHRM Court Report: FMLA Retaliation Claim Survives: https://t.co/keftzRAKzY

Oct 17

New @SHRM Court Report: History of Approved Leave Will Bear on Reasonableness of Future Request: https://t.co/1l6QQ6MH64