March 10th, 2020
Kathy Speaker MacNett at SkarlatosZonarich
Employers are asking what measures should be implemented in response to the Coronavirus – COVID-19 outbreak. Some are even questioning if they need a separate Coronavirus policy for their employees. Consider instead utilizing the employment laws and established Human Resources tools already in place, and supplementing with additional policies applicable to this crisis and future health care crises, only as needed.
The Coronavirus has caused some 3,800 deaths as of this writing; and continues to spread causing wide-spread concern inside and outside of the workplace. Employers can and should implement positive steps, without causing panic.
Kathy Speaker MacNett recommends consideration of the following ten steps:
April 22nd, 2019
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.
January 23rd, 2019
Jenny Goltz at Cozen O'Connor
Common Pitfalls for Emerging Companies
Founders of emerging companies are often first-time employers and find themselves having to wade through the dense patchwork of state and federal labor and employment laws. This can be a confusing undertaking that often requires legal counsel. However, there are a few very common employment law pitfalls that all emerging com...
December 7th, 2018
Robin Shea at Constangy
One way to for men to avoid a sexual harassment claim is to avoid women. Not coincidently, that is also a way to run right into a sex discrimination claim.
So is the so-called two-step "Mike Pence Rule" (the Vice President reportedly (1) doesn't have dinners alone with women, and (2) doesn't attend parties unless his wife comes with him) a way or no way?
Robin Shea tweaks the Mike Pence Rule while debunking some "avoid" myths.
October 16th, 2018
Robin Shea at Constangy
If nothing else, you want to read Robin Shea's blog because she makes a good in-context Kate Gosselin reference. Of course there is "else" which includes stuff you need to work through:
- DON'T automatically terminate
- DON'T automatically terminate (no, I DIDN'T stutter, there are two)
- NO 100% recovered policy
- "TEMPORARY" can mean a lot of things, like "disability" and "protected"
- Medical exams/questionnaires – 10 words for you: STOP CHILDREN WHAT'S THAT SOUND EVERYBODY LOOK WHAT'S GOING DOWN.
There is also a picture that is not the Official "Grumpy Cat".