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Protests Move North of the Border? Canadian Employers Responses to a National General Strike

On February 17, 2017, activists opposing the new administration are planning a national general strike, including protests and work stoppages. In light of the growing support for the strike, U.S employers face questions...more

What Employers Need To Know About The "Day Without Immigrants" Walkout

Employee walkouts and protests are anticipated across the country on Thursday, February 16, and Friday, February 17, as immigrants and others disappointed by the Trump administration’s position with respect to immigration...more

Leadership Lessons from Mutiny on the Bounty

In honor of February and its traditional run up to the Oscars, in my podcast on business leadership, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership, I am exploring leadership lessons from Oscar-winning Best Pictures. In...more

Web Exclusive: When I-9s Lead To Oh-Nos: Failing To Complete Forms Within 3 Business Days Can Lead To Hefty Fines

A recent federal court of appeals decision provides an important reminder for you to complete I-9 forms promptly and properly retain related records in the event of a government inspection. Failure to follow the lessons...more

New Draft Guidance Issued On Marine District Permits

One of the most cherished and an important environmental feature of New York is its shoreline. Not only do people live near, swim and fish in the marine and coastal waters of New York, from the Hudson River near the Tappan...more

The Dialogue: Hiring Employees the Right Way (From Different Sides)

I’ll confess. I’m excited about today’s post. It’s hard to find something new to do after nearly 10 years of blogging, but I think today’s post is pretty innovative....more

What Every Employer Needs To Know About The Super Bowl

The stage is officially set. The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017, and no doubt your employees are very much aware of the upcoming game. A good many of them...more

OSHA Releases “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs”

Last week OSHA announced the release of its “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliations Programs.” The publication is “intended to assist employers in creating workplaces that are free of retaliation … This document is...more

Check the Drama at the Door, Part II: A 10-Point Checklist for Avoiding and Resolving Workplace Conflict

This article is the second part in a two-part series addressing managerial best practices for conflict prevention and resolution. Part one offered the first half of a 10-point checklist that also identified potential...more

Check the Drama at the Door, Part I: A 10-Point Checklist for Avoiding and Resolving Workplace Conflict

Conflict at work is inevitable. Despite this reality, there are many steps that employers can take to avoid and resolve workplace strife. According to a 2014 study, office workers spend, on average, 2.5 hours per week trying...more

Top 10 Employee Benefits New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

If statistics are any guide, by now a significant number of you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions. However, there’s still plenty of time to make new ones that you can break, er, keep. ...more

Are Employers Acting on What They Learn from Mass Shootings

After every public shooting, we discuss how to prevent and better respond to the next active shooter, but each subsequent shooting event suggests we are not acting upon knowledge gained....more

A Post-Election Survival Guide For Employers

In the two months since the culmination of what many call the most bitterly contested presidential election in American history, employers are already reporting the conflict among employees is unlike any other in modern...more

Richard Marx Won’t Be 'Right Here Waiting' To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared

Richard Marx Won’t Be Right Here Waiting To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared....more

The Quest for a Workable Employee Evaluation: The Saga Continues

In HR you have seen it all: late evaluations, lost evaluations, evaluations with all “5’s” checked and no comments, sexually inappropriate comments, cutesy comments that will get you sued such as, “not the brightest crayon in...more

11 Traits Of Good Employer Documentation

Last week, I talked about why documentation is so important as part of an employer’s legal defense. Today I’d like to talk about what good documentation should contain. Some of these are so obvious as to be almost...more

Avoiding Office Holiday Party Headaches

It’s the holiday season again and while the office holiday party is a wonderful time to show appreciation to your employees and create camaraderie among coworkers, it can also be a time of legal headaches that can last...more

The Gig Workforce Train … Even More “Traditional” Workplaces Are Making Sure That They Don’t Get Left Standing on the Platform

Much has been written about sharing economy companies such as Uber and the like whose very core is fueled by a contingent workforce connected to consumers through a digital platform. But a recent report stresses that even...more

Surviving The Holiday Party Season: An Employer’s Quick Reference Guide

As 2016 winds down, we are entering into the prime season for holiday gatherings. Based on a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, approximately 65% of employers plan to host a holiday or end-of-year...more

Defense Strategy: Interactive Process Can Be Used To Defeat ADA Claims

Most employers are well aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires them to engage in an “interactive process” with employees or applicants who indicate they have a disability and may require some type of...more

Employee Sports Gambling: Workplace Policies and Guidance For In-House Counsel

Sports fans have long looked for ways to be a part of the action. The co-owner of the Oakland Raiders developed a fantasy golf game back in the 1950s. In the 1980s, journalist Daniel Okrent created “Rotisserie” League...more

Politics in the Workplace: A State-by-State Guide to Help Employers Survive the Presidential Election

The 2016 U.S. presidential election has the potential to be one of the most controversial and troublesome elections in U.S. history. There is a broad spectrum of issues employers can anticipate as a result of employees’...more

The Upcoming Presidential Election and the Unique Challenges to Workplaces It Presents

Your employees, similar to the rest of the world, likely are riveted by one of the most hotly contested and controversial elections in U.S. history: the 2016 presidential campaign. Regardless of whether your employees are...more

Massachusetts Environmental and Land Use Alert

Off to Court We Go: Petitioners Challenge EPA’s Small MS4 General Permit for Massachusetts - The storm of debate and criticism over the terms and conditions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) General...more

Student Teaching Assistant Handbooks Unlawful?

Two years ago we reported on the case before the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) related to the Northwestern University’s scholarship football players seeking the right to unionize. The Regional Director in that...more

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