Employment Law Blog

School Is Starting: Do You Offer Parental Involvement Leave?

Aug. 8, 2013

In less than two weeks, my household will once again change dramatically. My husband teaches high school and we have two kids in elementary school, so every year about this time, our slow moving summer household must once again "get back with the program." I…

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Hiring? Three Points to Consider in Your Employment Agreements

Jul. 22, 2013

A few years ago, after completing my latest adverse impact analysis in yet another reduction-in-force, I paused to wonder why my usually interesting job as an employment lawyer had become so depressing. A quick count revealed that in the first three months of 2009, I…

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But What Does that Mean for My Business: What Employers Need to Know Following Last Week’s Supreme Court Opinions

Jul. 1, 2013

Last week was a banner news week for the U.S. Supreme Court. One story I watched featured the man who was tasked with literally running the Windsor opinion from the Supreme Court building to an immigration court several blocks away in an attempt to halt…

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They Warned Us It Was Coming: EEOC Files Two Lawsuits Based on Employers’ Uses of Criminal Background Checks

Jun. 12, 2013

Governmental agencies regularly issue regulations or guidance accompanied with a warning for employers of the consequences of not following along. When that happens, employment lawyers and HR consultants often do the equivalent of flapping our wings and running in circles yelling "the sky is falling":…

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Not All Wellness Programs Are Created Equal: New Final Regulations Issued Regarding Wellness Programs Under the ACA

May. 30, 2013

According to a recent study commissioned by the Departments of Labor and Treasury, 63% of all employers who offer health benefits to employees also offer at least one wellness program. The study found that approximately 73% of employers who offer wellness programs stated that the…

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Lessening Termination Meeting Anxiety

May. 23, 2013

"Advice for those getting fired: 'Stay calm, shut up and listen'": This is the title of a recent article by Debra Cassens Weiss published in the American Bar Association Journal. Weiss's article advises employees, "A smart employee will keep emotions in check and will try…

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Spring Is Here! When Was Your Last Sexual Harassment Training?

Apr. 15, 2013

Those of us in human resources know that the seasons and the weather do indeed have a strong impact on human behavior. Many has been the time that after my third phone call from a client that begins "You aren't going to believe this…." Or…

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Planning to Reduce Employee Hours to Minimize Cost under the ACA? Consider the Risk

Apr. 3, 2013

Many employers who are not currently offering health insurance to employees realized months ago that complying with the Affordable Care Act was going to cost them a lot of money and could put some of them out of business completely. Many began trying to find…

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Think Your Temporary Workers Can’t Sue You For Their Injuries? Think Again.

Mar. 13, 2013

In today's unstable economy filled with requirements and regulations associated with employment, your company may be relying more and more on temporary workers. It seems like the best of both worlds: the temporary workers are employees of the staffing agency; they are covered by the…

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Happy Birthday FMLA! New Regulations Wrapped in a Bow…

Feb. 11, 2013

Last week marked the twentieth birthday of the Family Medical Leave Act. In celebration of this momentous occasion, the Department of Labor issued both a new survey regarding the use and abuse of FMLA and new regulations to implement the amendments to the FMLA passed…

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