We are because it isn't.

Politics in the workplace is like Malört in ice cream

September 4th, 2019

Robin Shea at Constangy

Malort ice cream

For those of you who do not live in Chicago, Malört* is a wormwood-based schnapps. Yum, right?

Same with discussing politics in the workplace – it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth**.

Robin Shea lays out nine tips for keeping workplace political discussion under control.

* Full disclosure – I had Malört ice cream this past weekend at Black Dog Gelato.

** “Malört tastes like a baby aspirin wrapped in a grapefruit peel, bound with rubber bands and then soaked in well gin.” — Sam Mechling, marketing director for Jeppson’s Malört, to Inked magazine.


August 29th, 2019

Fisher Phillips

Natural disasters

NATURAL DISASTER FAQs for EMPLOYERS (emphasis mine). Forty-four pages, 15,000 words.

Prepare, prevent, respond, recover – Fisher Phillips covers it all:

  • Military leave and emergency workers
  • FMLA
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Workplace safety issues
  • Retirement plans
  • Group health plan administration
  • Special COBRA issues
  • HIPPA privacy requirements
  • Workplace donations to natural disaster victims
  • Labor relations
  • Workers' compensation
  • Immigration law
  • Plant closing laws

Remote worker safety (without holding their shirt)

August 29th, 2019

Juli Jenkins at LMC Insurance and Risk Management

Feel safe

Everyone wants to feel (and be) safe, including remote workers.

And OSHA says you are responsible for the safety conditions regardless of their location. So how to reduce everyone's risk?

Juli Jenkins helps you put together a plan, including:

  • plan ahead
  • get employees involved
  • proper workspaces.

Expired I-9 not expired (yet)

August 29th, 2019

Elizabeth Coonan at BrownWinick

Upon further review 3

Taking a page from the professional sporting leagues, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decided the call that they made on the expiration date when they last printed the I-9 was in fact not correct.

Therefore, they simply changed the call. Wouldn't life be more agreeable if we could all do that.

Elizabeth Coonan explains.

When and how to pay wages

August 29th, 2019

Jill S. Kirila, Shennan Harris

Squire Patton Boggs

  When to pay wages There is no federal law that governs the frequency of wage payments. Employers are cautioned that the chart on the following page contains only the major requirements for wage payments. Other requirements may apply. Specific types of employment and employment of minors may be subject to ad...