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

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)

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)

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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What employers can expect from President Trump (access required)

In just a few short weeks, Donald Trump will be our nation’s 45th president. Now the work begins to forecast what the next four years will bring for employers when it comes to labor and employment law. Trump made immigration ...

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Union’s abusive tactics in business battle prove costly (access required)

For the first time in American labor law history, a jury found that a union defamed and disparaged an employer while waging a bitter organizing campaign, costing the union at least $5.3 million. The September jury award spells bad news ...

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Post-accident OSHA drug testing (access required)

When the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced its latest batch of rule changes a few months ago, most employers focused on the increased reporting requirements and the imminent public posting of injury information to the agency’s ...

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NLRB has made this summer a downer for employers (access required)

Over the last few months, employers have felt a one-two punch from the National Labor Relations Board.  The agency issued a pair of union-friendly decisions that will have reverberations for years to come. It’s definitely been a cruel summer for ...

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When alcohol abuse enters the workplace

Football powerhouse USC fired its head football coach, Steve Sarkisian, in October after it was widely reported that he had been under the influence of alcohol during several team events. His termination provides a lesson for any employer wondering how ...

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Words that can get you fired (access required)

There’s good news for employers who take threats of workplace violence seriously. A very recent federal appeals court case upheld the termination of an employee who admittedly made threatening statements at work, despite the employee’s excuse that his disability made ...

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Workplace appearance policies: one size doesn’t always fit all (access required)

The Supreme Court recently decided a case that every employer will need to understand in order to stay on the right side of federal religious discrimination law. It ruled that retail clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch violated the law when ...

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