Employment Law Blog

Back in the Saddle: A PSA and Independent Contractors

Oct. 5, 2015

Happy fall! For my loyal readers, you have likely realized that I have not updated this blog for several months. This is because in April I was diagnosed with stage 1 estrogen receptive breast cancer. Over the last six months I have undergone surgery and…

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Perspective on Sexual Harassment Complaints

Mar. 23, 2015

Two of my passions in life are employment law and Leonard Cohen's poetry.  However, I will admit that I never expected them to cross paths.  Imagine my delight when, last week, they did! In a trial in California, an employee alleging sexual harassment and discrimination pointed to…

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Employee Email Policies and Thin Ice…

Mar. 2, 2015

Over the last two weeks Western North Carolina has experienced a lot of inclement weather closing and delaying school systems and many businesses.  My children actually started hoping that it would NOT snow again...this is either a symptom of getting tired of one another or…

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Happy New Year: New Looks, Resolutions and Lists

Dec. 30, 2014

As the New Year approaches, we all take stock of how we'd like to be better in 2015.  Here at McGuire, Wood & Bissette, we have a new website with a new look for the New Year.  Those of you who are subscribers to my…

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Putting the “Affordable” in the “Affordable Care Act”

Dec. 4, 2014

This guest blog is brought to you by tax and employment attorney Murphy Fletcher. Murphy and I work together on employment related questions, particularly where employment law and tax law merge. She loves to tackle a complicated IRS regulation and does so for you in…

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Same Sex Marriage: North Carolina as a State of Celebration

Oct. 29, 2014

As the afternoon faded into evening on Friday October 10, 2014, with the stroke of a judge's pen, history was made in North Carolina. That evening I told my children to mark their mental calendars for all time because they should be able to tell…

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Workplace Violence Risk Assessment: Lessons from the Tragedy in Alabama

Sep. 24, 2014

Yesterday, one of every employer's worst nightmares became reality again—this time at a UPS facility in Alabama. While the details are still coming in and the investigation is on-going, the news is reporting that a recently terminated employee, still wearing his UPS uniform, entered the…

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What Do Your Employees Hear?: A Lesson From My First Grader

Aug. 28, 2014

The month of July faded in a haze of airplanes, lost passports (surely a story for another blog), and busier than usual clients…all good things, well except for the lost passport, but summer slipped away before I realized it! Somehow we are already at the…

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Summertime Worries: DOL Proposes Changes to the FMLA and the ACA Isn’t Going Away

Jun. 20, 2014

Ah, summertime…the days are longer, the hassles are less, and due to vacations and heat and humidity induced inertia, the human resources professionals can take a deep breath – right? Well before you dive into the pool, river, lake, or ocean, take a moment to…

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Important Supervisor Training: Emails Are Documents Too

May. 15, 2014

A As Human Resources professionals and small business owners, we have become accustomed over time to training our supervisors and managers on sexual harassment, equal opportunity and affirmative action/diversity topics. We may also train them on important wage and hour laws, time keeping procedures, and…

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