9 Traits of a Bang-up Workplace Investigation

What makes a workplace investigation so good that you just can’t wait to show the EEOC investigator what you did? And you’re like, “Plaintiff’s lawyer, take us to court — please!” All right, maybe nothing would make it that good, but here are nine things employers can do to ensure that they at least won’t be ashamed of their workplace investigations: No. View Full Post
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Mother’s Day Employment Law Quiz! Pregnancy, Lactation, You Name It!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you who are, or who have, mothers. Girls Night In.flickrCC.monkeywing Mrs. Whistler celebrates Mother’s Day with her girls. (I think that covers everybody.) I couldn’t think of a better way to start this weekend than with a quiz on pregnancy discrimination, lactation accommodation, “family discrimination,” and the Family and Medical Leave Act. View Full Post
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HR’s Hottest Must-have: Universal Workplace Emoji!

An article in Monday’s New York Post discussed misunderstandings that can arise in the workplace based on use of “chat” apps and their associated emoji. A woman interviewed forEmoji.flickrCC.WickerParadise the article said that she had messaged her co-workers that she would be late for a meeting, and her boss replied with emoji of a “poop” (am I allowed to use that word on this blog?) and a clock. View Full Post
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Weekly Catch-up

My law partner Heather Owen of our Jacksonville Office is back this week at FOCUS, our women’s leadership blog, with the third and final part of her series on “How the FLSA hurts women.” Her post this week provides specific examples of scenarios in which the relatively rigid requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act make work difficult for women who are trying to balance their employment with family responsibilities. View Full Post
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Comp Time Bill Passes the House

The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 passed the House this week, 229-197. I honestly do not understand why Democrats are opposed to this legislation. I discussed the details of the bill in this post in April. For those who are worried that workers will be deprived of their overtime pay, here are a few points to keep in mind: The worker can always choose to take overtime pay instead of comp time. View Full Post
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