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The Rise of Smartphone-Fueled, Social-Media-Addicted Smartphone Zombies

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the IASA Northeastern Conference on a favorite topic of mine of late — Privacy and Data Breaches in the workplace. Of course, that sounds kinda of boring....more

You’ve Concluded Something “Inappropriate” Occurred in the Workplace. What’s Next?

The supervisor did it. Yep, you’ve concluded that he sent unwanted texts to his subordinate telling her she looked “beautiful.” Maybe even stopped by her hotel room unannounced one night at a conference for a “nightcap”....more

If Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is Broken, What's the Fix?

With a new wave of sex harassment complaints making headlines, there is also a bit of reflection that should happen at workplaces and the lawfirms that counsel them. One area that we can evaluate is whether the training...more

No Fingerprinting as a Religious Accommodation? Yes, Says Court

You wouldn’t think that fingerprinting would be brought into the world of religious accommodations. After all, the importance of background checks cannot be denied, particularly when the prospective employee is going to...more

The End of Tip Pooling Cases Against Hospitality Industry?

Late yesterday, various press reports signaled what could be the beginning of the end for 2011 Department of Labor guidance that had greatly expanded legal claims against restaurants. The 2011 rule barred businesses...more

When is an Employee Issue a Legal Issue (and When Is it HR)?

A while back, I had a good discussion with a colleague on a topic with no real firm answers. No, it wasn’t on whether the Yankees are better franchise than the Red Sox. ...more

Whatever Happened To...The Wage Claim of Strippers (Or, “Exotic Dancers”) As Employees?

Back in 2011, I discussed a titillating case of strip club dancers (or, a decision says, “performers”, “entertainers”, “dancers” or even “exotic dancers” — although not “strippers”) who were trying to claim wages for the time...more

Deeper Dive into Statistics Confirm Rise in Sex Harassment Cases...With Some Caveats

So a few weeks back, I suggested that we were entering into a new era of sexual harassment cases and wondered out loud when the statistics would back up my observations. We now have our first signs. Maybe....more

Afraid of Sexual Harassment Claims? Then Be Afraid of Halloween

“Let’s engage in a Halloween-type party where everybody would be having sex.” Or perhaps, “So, are you going to wear a bikini for your Halloween costume?”...more

Exclusive: New Statistics from CHRO Show Drop in Discrimination Claims

Through a recent FOI request, I was able to take a peek at the latest case statistics coming out of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. (The CHRO has since added them to the website as well.)...more

What’s Next for Mandatory Arbitration Provisions?

One of the interesting strains to come out of the new round of publicity surrounding sexual harassment is a renewed focus on mandatory arbitration provisions. And it comes from an unexpected source: former Fox News anchor...more

Lawyers and Employers Must Protect Private Employee Data

A few weeks back, I did a post about having our personal data hacked. What if the hacker was you?...more

All Rise (or Not)! A Flag, The National Anthem & Connecticut Law

“Joe, in response to all this NFL stuff, we want you to display U.S. flags at your workstation.” “No.” “Well, then you’re fired.”...more

Employers Need Not Hire “Most Qualified” Candidate, Says Court

An applicant for a job posting in education lists his most recent relevant experience as occurring in 1973. You don’t bring him in for an interview. Is it gender discrimination?...more

Study: Shorter Employment Contracts = Better

Shorter is better. Why? The slang TL;DR comes to mind. But it turns out there’s an educational component too — at least according to the results of a new study that examined workplace contracts....more

A New Era of Big Sexual Harassment Claims is Upon Us

Back in the 1990s, employers still had the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings and the tawdry sexual harassment allegations relatively fresh on their minds. Employment lawyers will tell you that they started to see a bump up...more

The Dialogue: About Firing Employees and Negotiating Severance Agreements

The Dialogue – an occasional discussion between myself and a prominent employee-side attorney, Nina Pirrotti returns today after a late summer hiatus. Today’s chat focuses on employee separations and severance agreements. ...more

When Technology Becomes Weaponized and the Target is You

“Technology is a wonderful thing but it’s scary when it’s weaponized against you.” The first sign that my wife’s identity and my own were under attack came innocently enough....more

When Your Employee Gets the Wrong Advice From “Attorney” Google

So, a couple of months back, I talked about how separation agreements for small employers might not be covered by the federal law that covers such agreements. After all, since the Age Discrimination in Employment Act only...more

Reflections on the Origin of a Ten-Year-Old Blog

Every good superhero story needs an origin story. I’m not a superhero but I’ve got a super origin story to tell....more

Does Sorry Have to be the Hardest Word in the Workplace?

When was the last time you said you’re sorry to someone at work. Last week? Last month? Last year? Never? There isn’t a right answer to this but I was thinking about this yesterday on the Jewish New Year....more

You Don’t Be THAT Person on Someone Else’s Holiday

Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. But it’s a day of business to many....more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Calling President An Idiot May Be Protected Speech (But Maybe Not)

“President Trump is a Big Fat Idiot” or, for that matter, “Secretary Clinton is a Sore Loser.” Let’s suppose you see one of your employees tweeting one of these expressions on Twitter during non-work hours from a personal...more

BREAKING: Budget Implementer Bill Contains Big Proposed FMLA Changes for Connecticut

Late this morning, the proposed bill implementing the state’s budget (a so-called “budget implementer”) was finally released. And like years past, the bill contains some nuggets that are seemingly unrelated to a budget....more

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