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Author Archives: Rich Meneghello

Good news about employee handbooks (access required)

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The past eight years have been tough for employers when it comes to maintaining reasonable policies for employees. For those not keeping up, the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, has routinely pronounced what most would consider to be commonplace ...

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Could a link to a social media friend lead to legal trouble? (access required)

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Social media profiles have become an ingrained part of most of our lives. At one time they were a novelty that seemed to mostly serve the purposes of remembering Aunt Betty’s birthday or sharing the latest video of cat hijinks; ...

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Can employers legally stop their staff from taking selfies? (access required)

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A federal appeals court ruled recently that an employer could not maintain a rule prohibiting audio or video recording in the workplace, becoming the second such court to determine that such a policy violates federal law. The July 25 decision, issued ...

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Don’t commit ‘textual harassment’ (access required)

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In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked an employee a pointed question via text message about whether ...

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F-word Facebook firing flipped by federal court (access required)

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In an April ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse at not only his boss, but also his boss’ mother and entire ...

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Investigating Trump’s plan to crack down on foreign labor (access required)

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Among the many executive orders signed by President Trump in his first 100 days in office, one in particular stands out as having the potential of changing the way that many businesses in Oregon operate. On April 18, the president ...

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Beware: uptick in sexual harassment claims possible (access required)

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Whenever the topic of sexual harassment reaches mainstream media outlets, people are bound to take notice. And when sexual harassment allegations involving a prominent public figure like Bill O’Reilly appear in the headlines of just about every major national and ...

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Workplace lessons from a trio of court cases (access required)

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They say things often come in threes – this month, I’ll review three recent court decisions to help employers learn from the mistakes of others. “Shake hands and play nice” The first decision was handed down in November 2016 from ...

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Constantly surfing the web at work? Surprise! You’re fired (access required)

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This should probably go without saying, but spending one’s entire workday on the internet can lead to termination. Shocking, no? But this news apparently came as a surprise to a water department employee who was fired after his bosses found ...

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Employers have had a roller coaster of a year (access required)

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You’ve survived 2016 – barely – and entered the new year. The past one was no doubt a roller-coaster year for employers, filled with tremendous ups and downs. Now that the year is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to ...

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