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Key Employment Updates - October 2015

With summer now officially over, we set out below some important updates to be aware of as the ‘back to work’ period begins. Employers may be able to dismiss, lawfully, for derogatory comments made on social media - The...more

Warning to HR Against Over Involvement in Disciplinary Investigations

In Ramphal v Department for Transport UKEAT/0352/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether heavy involvement by HR in a disciplinary investigation rendered a subsequent dismissal unfair....more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #4

No matter how many times employment lawyers say that the ADA may require employers to provide more leave than the FMLA’s 12 week allotment, some just don’t get the message. Last week, the EEOC announced a $300,000 settlement...more

5 Tips for Quickly Identifying Responsive Data Sources for E-Discovery Collections

Working with IT or your service provider to collect/process from a variety of data sources, like email archives, file shares, legacy backup tapes, SharePoint, etc., can be a painful and complicated ordeal. You don’t...more

When HR Meets Law: Social Media in Recruitment

(Chinese & English version) In recruitment,the use of personal information collected via social media platform may create risks of discrimination and privacy invasion. With the revolution of information technology,...more

Data Privacy Continues to be a Hot Topic in HR

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Corporate Compliance Forum for the Connecticut Community Providers Association. My thanks to Gayle Wintjen, General Counsel of Oak Hill, for the invitation to speak. The...more

What’s Your Two Cents? Employment Law In The News

I’ve been vacationing by the shores of Gitche-Gumee this week, so I’m trying to give myself a little blog-cation as well. Here are some entertaining and controversial legal or employment-related developments from the news...more

Accommodations Legalese: 5 Key Terms Every Employer Should Know

It’s true in other areas of employment law as well, but in the world of disability discrimination law there are numerous phrases that have taken on special meaning and become true terms of art. Even those who are well-versed...more

Trusting Human Resources: A Fantasy or a Necessity?

A few weeks back, one to the best bloggers you may not be reading — Robin Shea — posted about the scathing press that Amazon had been receiving about its workplace and posed this question: Can Employees Trust Human Resources?...more

Two Reasons Why You Should Take Your Lit Support Manager to Lunch!

When we think about the people who are involved in the task of identifying, assessing, collecting, reviewing and producing data (we’ll call this “data management”), there’s someone from Legal, someone from IT who has an...more

5 Bad Hiring & Firing Ideas Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Avoid

So, you think you have the next greatest idea for a startup that will knock the socks off of the current big players in your space? We know you’re excited to spend endless nights and countless hours to get your company off...more

VXI Global Solutions To Pay $600,000 For Sexual Harassment Of Call Center Staff

EEOC Settlement Resolves Claims for African American and Latino Employees Who Were Targets of Constant Sexual Propositions, Graphic Pictures, & Foul Language - LOS ANGELES - VXI Global Solutions, a provider of call...more

HR Tech: Compliance Pointers

Yesterday, TalentCulture hosted a #tchat entitled “Why Compliance is A Complex HR Necessity.” Every participant in the chat agreed that compliance is difficult and no fun. Laws constantly change, and just when one issue...more

When Terminating An Employee, Is A Clean Break Better Than A Long Limbo?

If you have a poor performer, is it better to make a clean break and fire him, or is it better to prolong his (and your) agony? That is obviously a biased question, but some employers will do almost anything to avoid...more

Client Alert: Sex, Money and Cybersecurity - Reminders for Public Companies

Recent events have highlighted the importance of comprehensive cyber-security programs for publicly-traded companies. Although the circumstances differ, in each case the impact of employee behavior with electronic...more

Employment Law Reporter – September 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL EDITION: Teaching Supervisors When To Contact The Human Resources Department. It’s September. Traffic has swollen to new highs—kids are back in school. Many have forgotten what they learned. Many...more

Keeping Confidences

One of our very favorite cartoons is part of the “Ballard Street” collection by Jerry Van Amerongen. It depicts an earnest soul working away at his desk (we like to think he’s an HR professional) beneath a prominently-posted...more

Hiring In Compliance, Part V: The Offer and Conclusion

I conclude my series of blog posts on the hiring process in the compliance field, which have been based on a series of interviews with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. Today, I want look at the...more

Hiring In Compliance, Part III – Presentation of Job Opportunity to Potential Candidates

This week I am presenting a series on hiring in the compliance industry based on interviews I did with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. Today, I want look at the presentation of the job offer to...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #5

That infamous Ashley Madison data became searchable last week. Spouses, friends, and employers can now search the data to see if they know anyone who registered with the site. This development caused some to wonder if an...more

Last Minute Write-Up Has Unintended Negative Legal Results

Time and time again, human resource professionals get blank stares when they ask managers for documentation supporting their strong desire to get rid of an employee they consider to be a poor performer. Not having prepared...more

Hiring In Compliance – Part I: Developing the Job Profile and Criteria

A couple of weeks ago, I had a guest post from Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP entitled “Why is it so hard to hire compliance practitioners?”. There were many questions posed to me based upon...more

Your Compliance Toolbox: 7 Tips for a Successful Interactive Process

Dealing with issues related to accommodation requests at work can be a daunting task—even for the most seasoned HR or legal professional. The path to a successful interactive process and a meaningful analysis of an...more

Getting Releases Right

There are times when it makes sense to resolve an actual or potential employment law claim by paying something and getting a release from the employee. Paying severance in return for a release and waiver of claims isn’t...more

New York District Court Denies Conditional Certification of Second FLSA Collective Action

Because of the low standard employed by many courts, decisions denying conditional certification in FLSA cases are generally in the minority, but some careful courts will continue to make such decisions. A recent case is...more

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