Matthew Webster

Matthew Webster

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Purple Communications - An Employer's Guide to the NLRB's New Ruling on Email Use

As we all get started on our New Year’s resolutions, employers should add one more to their list – revising any email policies. In the waning days of 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an important email...more

1/8/2015 - Email Policies Employer Liability Issues FLSA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Purple Communications

The Unhealthy Side Effects of Employer Wellness Programs

I love wellness programs. I am a sucker for discounts of any sort, and I especially like the idea of rewarding healthy behavior. My bicycle has a tag that logs my work commute when I pass the electronic stations throughout...more

10/15/2014 - ADA Corporate Counsel EEOC Employee Benefits Healthcare Wellness Programs

The EEOC Delivers its Expected New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Dust off your handbooks and rethink your employment policies – the EEOC has just announced some significant changes in how it is going to investigate and litigate pregnancy discrimination claims....more

8/1/2014 - ADA Disability Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Enforcement Guidance FMLA Health Insurance Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Workplace Hazards Young v United Parcel Service

The Changing Faces of Unions, Part II

As if to accentuate the timeliness of last week’s post on the surge in non-traditional union organizing, adjunct faculty organizing in the Twin Cities has been in the news again this past week. The Service Employees...more

6/5/2014 - Colleges SEIU Union Elections Union Membership Unions

The Changing Faces of Unions

While union membership has declined precipitously over the last few decades, union activity is now popping up in many new sectors. From 1983 to 2013, according to the Department of Labor, union membership dropped from over...more

5/30/2014 - College Athletes DOL NLRA NLRB Unions

The Time-and-a-Halfs They Are A ‘Changin’

Earlier this month, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor to update the federal overtime pay regulations by revising the salary component of the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions. To...more

3/26/2014 - DOL Employee Rights Over-Time Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Loose Lips Sink Former Employee’s Ship

Confidentiality clauses are a standard provision in most agreements settling an employment dispute. Last week, a former preparatory school administrator learned the hard way that these provisions matter to employers and that...more

3/5/2014 - Confidentiality Agreements Employment Contract Non-Disclosure Agreement

Best Practices for Workplace Surveillance

Last week, this blog featured posts about the growth and reported benefits of workplace surveillance, as well as some of the legal risks that can arise from surveillance. Workplace surveillance can run the gamut from...more

9/25/2013 - Corporate Culture Surveillance Theft Workplace Investigations

Week In Review - August 15, 2013

This week, as in many past weeks, a lot of media attention has been paid to privacy: creating it, protecting it, and invading it. Employees are reported to have been fired or disciplined for recording, revealing or posting...more

8/16/2013 - Electronic Medical Records Hackers Privacy Laws Social Media Social Media Policy Surveillance

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