Workplace Trends

Love Contracts: How Does Cupid Navigate Office Romance?
February 12, 2024
A so-called “love contract” can be an additional protective measure an employer can take
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“Stay-or-Pay”? A Potential TRAP for Employers!
December 15, 2023
A recent New York Times article highlighted the use and, frankly, abuse of Training Repayment Agreement Provisions, also known as stay-or-pay provisions.
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Lessons from the World Cup – Gender Equity Goes Far Beyond Pay
August 24, 2023
One of the most shocking moments in the recent Women’s World Cup came after the final, when the head of the Spanish soccer federation kissed one of the victorious Spanish players
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Hey CEOs – Be Careful with Those Diversity Initiatives!
July 21, 2023
Following the Supreme Court’s recent decision prohibiting the use of race in college admissions, my (somewhat prescient?) warnings have taken on new urgency.
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A Revised Updated Employer’s Guide to March Madness
March 15, 2023
In repurposing an always-popular topic we offer employers some guidance on March Madness at work, this time with some improvements and updates on gambling and productivity, and a brand new drug and alcohol section.
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Diversity or Divisiveness?
February 28, 2023
Employer focus on DEI, however well intentioned, may have a detrimental effect on the workforce if not handled properly.
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Can You Force Employees to Repay Wages?
February 22, 2023
There have been a couple of interesting situations in the news recently involving employees who have been ordered by a court to repay wages to their employers.
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Who Are You And What Did You Do With My Job Candidate?
February 23, 2022
Employers should beware that applicants are no longer just puffing the proficiency of their skills, but have come up with surprisingly bold and creative ways to fraudulently secure a job through the virtual interview process.
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Why Employers Shouldn’t Dismiss Workplace Rumors and Gossip—Courts Aren’t
June 3, 2021
A workplace rumor, especially a salacious one involving a high echelon employee, can take on a life of its own and reverberate throughout the workplace in unforeseen ways that can result in potential liability to an employer and result in expensive litigation.
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Illinois: What To Do About Fraudulent Unemployment Claims
November 12, 2020
Sometimes, crisis brings out the best in people. Unfortunately, it also often brings out the worst. While not an entirely new phenomenon, fraudulent unemployment claims have become a widespread phenomenon across the country, including in Illinois.
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Employees May Be Prohibited From Linking to Company Website on Personal Blogs
August 30, 2020
The National Labor Relations Board held that a company’s policy prohibiting employees from linking to the company’s website on their personal blogs was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act.
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Politics in the Workplace: Productivity or Polarization?
August 27, 2020
In what appears to be our never-ending political season, employers should prepare for employee discussions during worktime related to political matters.
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