May 10th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy
My Mom quiz experience had a "Groundhog Day" quality to it: the same quiz every time, one question, yes/no.
"Didn't I tell you to clean your room?"
Bill Murray eventually learned to play the piano, right?
Robin Shea helps us celebrate our Moms with a six-question, open book, multiple choice quiz with a grading scale from "Little Women" to "Throw Mama From the Train". And I learned how to make a flower with my keyboard.
Happy Mother's Day Moms!
May 8th, 2019 by Melissa Legault at Squire Patton Boggs
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease.
The EECO takes the position that obesity is an impairment under the ADA under some, but not all, circumstances.
Many courts have concluded that physical characteristics, such as obesity, are not considered disabilities under the ADA.
Melissa Legault helps you weigh the factors and provides some court examples.
May 7th, 2019 by hrsimple
We’ve talked at length about the issues of dealing with alcohol in the workplace, but here is a new take: how does an employer deal with a non-drinker?
While it seems like a no brainer, we all know that nothing in the employment law world is as black and white as it seems, so check out what the Evil HR Lady has to say in Inc. Magazine and read up on all things teetotaler now.
May 1st, 2019 by Pamela Williams at Fisher Phillips
If you would like 12 more steps to reduce the risk of workplace violence, Pamela Williams coincidently has 12 more steps.
The previous 12 steps to handle workplace violence come from our Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual authored by former head of OSHA (and currently at Fisher Phillips) Ed Foulke.
That 12-step plan to handle violence in the workplace is also already on this blog.
Hint: This is important - do all 24 now.
April 25th, 2019 by Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal
What not to say to an employee seeking FMLA leave:
Fiona Ong shares a story and some lessons and calls her teenagers crazy.
April 24th, 2019 by Aaron Holt at Cozen O'Connor
Termination can be sticky/messy (think peanut butter). It's also part of your job.
Social media can be sweet/sour (think vinegar). It can also be part of the workplace.
Aaron Holt provides some examples of social media and termination combining to produce different results, then shares three pieces of practical advice when it happens to you .
And for the record, termination could have been oil and social media could have been jelly. But what kind of sauce is that?
April 22nd, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constagy
Fat-shaming at work (and everywhere, but we do pander to the SEO gods) is rude, offensive, clueless, inappropriate, (insert your own adjective(s)), and expensive.
Not always expensive, but never helpful.
Robin Shea provides some background, including some help with the behaviour requirements for a legal claim of "intentional infliction of emotional distress" (spoiler alert - did this particular case reach the burden of proof? - OK, not really a spoiler alert) and a bit of potent advice" "Employers should never ignore such behavior".
I forgot ignorant. So ignorant.
April 17th, 2019 by Michael J. Lorden
. . . they truly volunteer.
[vol-uh n-teer]: a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
Michael Lorden breaks down what that means, helps decipher the U.S. Department of Labor's Opinion Letter and provides two voluntary guidelines.
March 26th, 2019 by Fiona Ong and Nick Vogt at Shawe Rosenthal
It's March, so Madness is sure to follow. Or is it One Step Beyond March Madness?
Regardless, the NCAA tournament is here, brackets and all, and if you aren't one step ahead, you could be playing from behind.
Fiona Ong and Nick Vogt cover the spread on: gambling, computer use and cybersecurity, productivity, dress code and civility policies, attendance policies.
And a bonus for those of you who wondered if the English ska band Madness was still around (spoiler alert – they are).
March 18th, 2019 by Jake Rubenstein at Cozen O'Connor
Which comes first, the parent or the leave?
Jake Rubenstein summarizes five cutting-edge parental leave benefits you can use to attract top talent in a job market with historically low unemployment. Because if you aren't offering them, maybe your competitors are. And you know what that means:
March 13th, 2019 by Valerie Ferrier at FordHarrison
For those of you who know the holidays and where they fall on the calendar for nine, yes 9, different religions, please move on to your celebration of Ken Day (as in Barbie, and did you know his last name is Carson?) or Earmuff Day or National Coconut Torte Day.
For the rest of us, please click through so Valerie Ferrier can help and FordHarrison can send you the calendar.
And just in case you also want a daily wall calendar of non-religious, slightly unique holidays (not nearly as helpful as Valerie's calendar, but how embarrassing to miss National Baked Scallops Day – which was yesterday).
February 13th, 2019 by Emily Reber at Troutman Sanders
Workplace relationships don't work, at least for the workplace.
But they are going to happen anyway, so Emily Reber provides some policy options: prohibiting, discouraging and requiring disclosure (love contracts).
February 12th, 2019 by Emily Fullerton at Schwabe
Workplace romance - flirting, unwanted gifts, and scheduling someone just because they are single, unmarried or childless - can cause problems for managers, supervisors and employees. Emily Fullerton helps you keep Cupid, and lawsuits, at bay whether it is Valentine's Day or not.
February 11th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy
Last year around the holiday of hearts we featured a guest post from Dr. Love(less) via our friend Robin Shea. In addition to a link to last years good advice, this year the good Dr. tackles:
February 5th, 2019 by James Patton at Ogletree Deakins
If an employee or applicant identifies themselves as a gender that may not be "visible to others" or as non-binary (not identifying as male or female):
James Patton provides some answers, FAQs, training resources and technical assistance links,