SEIU Fights Its Own Unionization One of my partners, Liz Torphy-Donzella, recently sent me an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal that amused me so much, I had to share it. Entitled “Big Labor’s McDonald’s Defense,” the article remarks on the fact that the Service Employees International Union, one of the most prominent unions in the United States, is fighting […]
DOL Settles Its Own Multi-Million Dollar Overtime Suit I enjoy those cases where those (sometimes uppity) government agencies get a taste of their own medicine. I previously told you about the EEOC being sued for failing to accommodate its own employee’s disability, for example. Here’s another one – the U.S. Department of Labor, which is the federal agency that enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act […]
Revised Mandatory FLSA and Employee Polygraph Protection Act Posters Effective August 1, 2016 The Department of Labor has issued revised versions of its “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act – Federal Minimum Wage” and “Employee Rights – Employee Polygraph Protection Act” posters, which all covered employers are required to post. Employers must post the revised versions as of August 1, 2016. The Fair Labor Standards Act […]
Pokémon Go is a No-Go in the Workplace As you all likely know, the latest pop culture craze is Pokémon Go, where individuals use their mobile devices to catch Pokémon creatures. I’ve been watching my crazy teenage son play this everywhere. He was particularly excited about the Dratini that he caught at the restaurant last night, pictured here. Apparently it’s really rare. Whatever… My son […]
Fired for Being “Too Cute” Employers (hopefully) know that you can’t fire someone based on a legally protected personal characteristic, like race, sex, religion, age or disability (among many other things). But apparently, being “too cute” is not one of them! In this case, Dilek v. Nicolai, a yoga instructor, Dilek Edwards, worked at a chiropractic and wellness clinic owned by Charles […]
OFCCP Issues Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines

On Tuesday (June 14, 2016) of this week, the White House Council on Women and Girls together with the Department of State, Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute, and Civic Nation held the Summit on the United State of Women.   On that same day, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final... Continue Reading

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That’s an eye-catcher of a title, isn’t it?  As reported by the New York Times, Babeland, an adult toy store, became the first sex shop to become unionized. Workers at three New York City locations voted to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, one of the country’s largest retail unions. Why... Continue Reading

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“Paw-ternity” Leave?

On a related note to my previous post on pet bereavement leave, my daughter told me about another leave available to those dog-crazy folks in the U.K – “paw-ternity leave.” (Which is very different than “peternity” leave – another name for pet bereavement leave!) Essentially, this type of leave is a maternity/paternity leave for pets. As... Continue Reading

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“I’ve known Bob Rumson for years and I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it.  Well, I was wrong.  Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it.  Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it.” -President Andrew... Continue Reading

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As you may know, I enjoy the cases where the tables are turned – like my colleague Jason Usher’s post on “Union Violates Employee’s Labor Rights” or my blog on “EEOC Sued For Failing to Accommodate Employee’s Disability.” Here’s another. From time to time, my clients have had to deal with lying employees. They lie in... Continue Reading

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