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What Can You Say in the Workplace? Whatever Your Employer Allows You to Say...

The recent controversy involving the Google employee fired for challenging his employer’s diversity policies highlights some misconceptions concerning free speech rights in the workplace....more

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

Vacation Float: Managing (and Recouping) Unearned Vacation Time

Summertime is vacation time. And vacation time means headaches for employers who engage in vacation float. Vacation “float” is the practice of advancing vacation to employees before they actually accrue it under an employer’s...more

California Joins the Ban-the-Box Bandwagon

California’s new Ban the Box regulation became effective last week. Effective July 1, 2017, questions concerning an applicant or employee’s criminal convictions will now be subject to the new regulation... That regulation...more

Corporate Divorce Series: Acqui-Hires: A Corporate Blended Family?

Blended families may be more common than organic ones these days and perhaps the same can be said about employees in corporate America....more

Three California Municipalities Enact New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

The trend toward local regulation of employment laws continues in California with three new local wage and hour enactments....more

Corporate Divorce Series: Online Dating, The Bachelor, and Predicting Successful Employment Relationships

If there is a predictive model for dating, why can’t the same model apply to the employment relationship? I was fascinated to learn recently that eHarmony, the online dating site, had launched a career site called...more

Corporate Divorce Series: Do Fraudulent Credentials Annul Employment Contracts?

If you follow my corporate divorce series, you are familiar with my affinity for the employment-as-marriage metaphor. I’ve already examined how employment relationships end or should end. But I have yet to address an...more

Corporate Divorce Series: Is Employee Solicitation A New Kind of Custody Dispute?

If you’ve been following my corporate divorce series, you are familiar with my view about who owns what at the end of the employment relationship, who pays what to whom, and even how to end the relationship. But I have yet to...more

Truthful Terminations May Lead to Better Consequences

We are often asked what, if anything, employers should tell an employee about the reasons for the employee’s termination, especially if the termination is abrupt. We tell employers to tell the truth....more

Corporate Divorce Series: An Employment Relationship Fail

Few of us can honestly say that our job never disappoints us and the same can probably be said of personal relationships. But how do you know when you are in a failed employment relationship and what do you do about it?...more

Corporate Divorce Series: Your Cheatin’ Heart … Is Thinking About Leaving a Job Flirting or Infidelity?

You don’t have to have an Ashley Madison account to know that a spouse who strays into an affair is unfaithful to the marriage. Is there a similar adulterous line for employees when they consider leaving an existing job?...more

Corporate Divorce Series: Disparage-Me-Not

If you have been following my corporate divorce series, you may have read the “Break Up” piece where I advised newly terminated folks to keep their cool if they are unexpectedly fired because their post-firing behavior might...more

What Does the Latest Uber Decision Mean for Your Gig Business?

If you tuned in to my appearance a few months ago on Bloomberg Law Radio, you heard me bemoaning our legal system’s failure to catch up with the gig economy. For those of you who don’t know, the term “gig economy” (also...more

One Size Fits All? The Case for Unified Employment Policies for Multi-State Employers

One of the questions clients frequently pose to me is how to make employment policies uniform across the different states where their employees work. Now it seems to me that this is a most appropriate question in this day...more

Corporate Divorce: No Fault Employment?

The divorce metaphor bears fruit yet again when it comes to the employment relationship. To this mix I add the concept of “no fault” divorce and the reasons employment ends....more

Corporate Divorce Series: The Courtship of Employment Negotiation

Yes I realize that had my Corporate Divorce series progressed in a linear way, I would have started with The Courtship instead of The Break Up, but employment law metaphors are sometimes unpredictable. In my defense, I note...more

Corporate Divorce: Is Unemployment Like Alimony?

In my last article I promised to examine as part of my Corporate Divorce Series whether alimony (though the politically correct term these days is “spousal support”) is like unemployment (I’m pretty sure it is still...more

Can a Move to California Invalidate a Non-Compete?

It turns out the answer to this question depends on the reason for the move and whether California law applies to the contract. We all know that California is finicky when it comes to non-competes – so much so that...more

Post-Employment Covenants: Is an Inducement to Smile An Inducement to Cancel?

A recent Circuit Court case confirms that the term “non-inducement” means just that. In American Family Mutual Insurance Company v. Graham, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a jury verdict against an insurance agent who, the jury...more

No Fault Employment?

The divorce metaphor bears fruit yet again when it comes to the employment relationship. To this mix I add the concept of “no fault” divorce and the reasons employment ends. A “no fault” divorce permits a spouse to end a...more

Corporate Divorce: Property (Re)Distribution

Who Owns What - Unlike the marital relationship, which hypothetically balances power between spouses, the employment relationship is founded on the central concept of control: it is the employer who dictates the time,...more

Corporate Divorce: Treat Your Employment Contract Like a Prenup

Once again I observe that while I am not a divorce lawyer, the analogies of divorce law to my employment practice are startling. Two parties meet (the interview), they realize how many things they have in common (the job...more

California’s Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect July 1

As of July 1, 2015, any employer with employees in California must comply with the state’s new Paid Sick Leave Law (AB 1522). Below is a brief summary of what this change will mean to employers...more

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