Workplace Trends

Lactation Law Verdict Sends a Message: Don’t Mess With Mom!
May 7, 2019
$3.8 million dollars. That’s what a Tucson, Arizona jury awarded to a former fire paramedic denied workplace accommodations required under the Fair Labor Standards Act for women who want to pump breast milk for their infants.
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An Employer’s Guide to March Madness
March 18, 2019
March Madness has descended upon employers everywhere. Yesterday was Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament, and today, an estimated 40 million Americans will begin filling out their tournament brackets – many of them at work.
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Extraordinary Employee Misconduct: Saving Nude Pictures to Work Computer!
February 13, 2019
Many people use their personal cell phones for work. And as a matter of habit, they may plug their cell phones into their work computer – maybe to sync it or charge it. But what they aren’t thinking about is that the work computer backs up the content on the phone. All. Of. It.
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Technology in the Workplace – an Overview of Employment Law Issues in Europe
February 1, 2019
In this article, we discuss the key issues relating to technology in the workplace in various European jurisdictions.
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Now that You Know that a RIF Is Not a “Magic Bullet” (Performance Management Advice for Managers in Five Easy Pieces)
January 25, 2019
Let’s talk about how to “set the table” for success – or separation from employment that will hold up – such that your company is not tempted to use a RIF as a means to an end (other than its intended end).
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Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful (I think I Need a Sick Day)!!
January 3, 2019
If you are in a state with mandatory sick leave, employees may be invoking their right to no-questions-asked leave when you otherwise prohibit any excuses.
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21C Workplace Success Begins with a Handshake (and Eye Contact)!
December 12, 2018
The 21st Century is in full swing.  Yet, we still don’t quite know what it means to be a 21C workplace.
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Raining Cats and Dogs in the Workplace? It’s Pawssible
August 15, 2018
I gush over any dog I see – anytime, anywhere.  So this begs the question: will I ever be able to see a dog every day while I’m at work?
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Twitter Storms, Flash Floods, No Jobs
August 8, 2018
The incessant rain on the East Coast, interspersed with weird calms of blue-sky sunniness, are jarring in ways that make one reflect.
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Lessons Learned from those “Special” Treats in the Breakroom or at the Office Party
May 31, 2018
About two weeks ago, it was widely reported that a Michigan woman brought brownies baked with laxatives (yes, you read that right) to work for another employee’s going away party.
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Wait – That E-mail Is a Legal Agreement?
May 17, 2018
I know I’m dating myself, but as a lawyer of a certain age, I like a legal agreement to be in paper, with handwritten signatures.
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No, You Can’t Sleep on the Job, Especially when it’s a Matter of Life or Death!
May 11, 2018
There’s one issue that seems to come up on a regular basis. It involves employers asking for advice about terminating employees who have violated work rules but also have engaged in legally protected activities, such as taking leave under the FMLA.
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Executive Rules of Etiquette for RIFs

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Minneapolis Wage Theft Ordinance Imposes New Burdens On Employers Even Employers Without Facilities in Minneapolis

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New @SHRM Court Report: Notre Dame Lawfully Fired Tenured Professor