Black Friday

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Non-Competition Agreements: Black Friday, Cyber Monday or Bust

This is one of those funny calendar years where Thanksgiving tucked itself deep into the month of November, leaving far too little time for people to contemplate the upcoming holidays and whether or not it’s actually...more

Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst: OSHA Enforcement Looms Over Black Friday

“Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving and considered by many to be the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent times, the term “Black Friday” has been associated with the concept that retailers’ shift from...more

A Few Workplace-Related Things We Can Be Thankful For

From a labor and employment law standpoint, I’m not sure we have a lot to be thankful for this year. But ’tis the season, so here are a paltry few...more

WARNING: Don’t Forget About OSHA’s Crowd Safety Requirements During The Black Friday Frenzy

Every year, Black Friday, the annual day-after Thanksgiving sales event, draws a record number of shoppers. In 2013, the National Retail Federation reported that 137 million shoppers participated in Black Friday....more

Privacy Tuesday - November 2014 #2

Here are three privacy stories to start your week - 1. Dear “financial institution” : how is your data security?! Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced (press release) that on November 18 the Senator...more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part I: OSHA’s Tips for a Safe Black Friday

In advance of the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding retail employers to take precautions to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events,...more

How to Keep Your Business on the Nice List: 2014 Tips for Holiday Shopping Crowd Control

Effective crowd management should be a year-round priority for retailers, but Black Friday and the ensuing holiday shopping season elevates the importance of crowd control. It seems like each holiday season the media reports...more

New England Employers Beware Holiday Opening Bans

Over the past several years, many retailers have moved up the start times of their “Black Friday” sales so that they start on Thursday—which is Thanksgiving—instead of Friday. Despite some public disapproval, this move...more

NLRB's Heavy Hand Against Wal-Mart Has Implications for Healthcare Providers

On November 19, 2013, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that its general counsel has authorized the issuance of multiple complaints against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart) over a variety of statements made...more

The HR Grinch: The Pitfalls Of Businesses That Open For The Holidays

There was a lot of buzz in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving—buzz which will continue through the Christmas holiday—about retailers and other businesses that not only opened on “Black Friday,” but also on Thanksgiving Day...more

A Black (Friday) Hole of Creativity

Maybe my memory is worsening with each year, but I have to admit that I do not recall “Black Friday” existing as a child. I know that I didn’t have school and I know that a lot of adults had the day off. I’m certain that...more

The Dark Cloud Over Nordstrom’s Black Friday: California Law May Prohibit Retailers from Collecting Email Addresses at Checkout

This past weekend if you survived the towel aisle and other Black Friday dangers and made it to the register to purchase your items, it is possible you were asked to provide an email address so that your receipt could be...more

I’ll Take a BLACK FRIDAY Beer, Please

I went to Best Buy on Monday to pick up a new modem (it probably would sound cooler if I said I was getting the Xbox One, but the truth is it was a modem). It’s been a little chillier than average here in Minnesota this...more

OSHA Urges Retail Employers to Focus on Crowd Management During Holiday Sales

For the first time since 2002, Thanksgiving will fall on the last week in November, which is as late as possibly allowed. A preliminary Thanksgiving weekend shopping survey suggests that up to 140 million people plan to or...more

Don’t Let Your Super Sale Become A Violent Stampede

Earlier this week, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the news release, “Crowd Management Measures Are Critical During Major Sales Events,” and sent a reminder to major retailers and retail...more

Black Friday Brinksmanship: What Thanksgiving Day Store Openings Mean for Retail Employers

While most Americans will be sitting around a fire watching football with kith and kin or sleeping after a hearty meal, many retail employees will be stocking shelves and preparing for shoppers. This year, a significant...more

Wal-Mart Agrees to Precedent-Setting Corporate-Wide Settlement with OSHA Over Shopping Cart Full of Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s corporate-wide settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor ("settlement") on August 7, 2013. The announcement was made by...more

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