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Monitoring workers via GPS

A California woman sued claiming she was fired illegally after she objected to her employer forcing her to install a GPS tracking application on her phone that monitored her movements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This lawsuit ...

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When business and kickball overlap (access required)

A recent court decision awarded workers’ compensation benefits to a worker who was injured during a company kickball game, causing employers across the country to ask many questions. Could this happen to us? Stephen Whigham thought he had a good ...

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Tracking employees via GPS may generate TMI

There are a lot of good reasons why employers might want to track company vehicles through a GPS monitoring device – from managing logistics and efficiency, to enforcing compliance with company policies and procedures, to ensuring employees’ safety. However, where ...

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Workplace battle lines are being challenged by NLRB

There are probably a few things that employers can feel fairly confident about when it comes to managing the workplace. They can set working hours, hold employees to certain standards, establish pay scales and prevent employees from using the work ...

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Could that dress code be worthless?

Pop quiz: Your company has a strict dress code, and you have always consistently held your employees to it. A new employee shows up for work one day blatantly violating the policy. You can discipline this employee without a second ...

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Weighing whether to fight unemployment claims

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by ex-employees, and this month I’ll try to shed some light on them to help answer the oft-repeated question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?” A recent decision by the ...

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Think twice before sending that text (access required)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie learned the lesson the hard way: Be careful what you and your employees put in electronic writing, because it could come back to haunt you. Even the least savvy manager out there knows that memos ...

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Can an employee be worked to death?

You’ve probably heard (or even used) phrases that exaggerate a difficult situation at work: “You’re killing me over here” or “This job will be the death of me” or “I’m heading for an early grave with the work you’re piling ...

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More US Supreme Court decisions expected to affect employers

The U.S. Supreme Court is kicking off a new term this month, and a number of cases will affect the world of labor and employment law. It’s tough to say how employers will be affected, but they are on a ...

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Too sexy for the job?

Is it OK to fire an employee considered too sexy? In a recent case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, the judges held that such an action is acceptable under the law. But don’t start jumping to conclusions about potential ...

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