It's time for me to host the ever-enlightening Employment
Law Blog Carnival, that wonderful monthly collection of the best employment and
HR blogs in the blogosphere. Because I hosted this time last year, I'm not
doing yet another tribute to Mother's Day. Instead, I looked for a less obvious
holiday to celebrate with this new edition of ELBC.
May is National Family Month, so welcome to the We Are Family edition of
the Employment Law Blog Carnival.
Lorene Schaefer in Win-Win HR points out that we aren't too different
from our monkey relatives, in that we know when we're slighted and don't
appreciate it. Her post, Screw
You And Your Cucumber Too - Even Monkeys Demand Equal Pay for Equal Work (love
the title - can you guess why?) tells employers why they shouldn't monkey
around with equal pay.
Dads are entitled to paternity leave, but Randy Enochs in Wisconsin
Employment & Labor Law Blog bemoans the fact that Study
Shows That Few Dads Take Advantage of Paternity Leave. C'mon dads. Take the
time to bond with the new baby.
Every teenager knows you don't give out your social media passwords, especially
to family members. So why does NJ Gov. Christie want your password? In NJ
Gov. Christie Vetoes Proposed Workplace Social Media Law, Eric B. Meyer in The
Employer Handbook explains why the big guy didn't like the law prohibiting
NJ employers from asking for employee social media passwords. And really, why
wouldn't you want to trust a NJ politician with your passwords?
Families are changing, and so must the law. Heather Bussing, in HR Examiner,
tells what to do When An Employee
Says I'm Gay. It's a terrific step-by-step how-to for everything from
terminology and applicable laws to bathrooms and workplace violence.
Your Canadian relatives have probably headed back home from their winter
hideaway in my state by now. We Floridians will miss them so. Stuart Rudner
offers the Canadian perspective (which is way, way better for employees) in the
Canadian HR Reporter with Employment
Agreements Avoid Awkward Hiring Situations. They can help here too, so
Stuart's article offers helpful advice to any employer who is preparing an
offer letter to a new employee.
Thanksgiving dinner isn't the only time we should be reminded about all the
genetic glitches in our families. In The Emplawyerologist, Janette Levey
Frisch does two posts on GINA, that very confusing law about genetic
information discrimination. In
What Does GINA Have To Do With Employment Law Practices, she breaks it down
for you and tells you why you should care about this relatively new and
misunderstood law. In How
Are Employers Faring (In Court) Under GINA, she enlightens us on some
recent cases employers won, and a pending case that may "stick"
against an employer.
Every family has one black sheep, and sometimes that's because of drug use. Ari
Rosenstein in CPE HR's Small Biz HR Blog tells businesses what they can
do about drug abuse in the workplace in Substance
Abuse and the Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Most of us here in South Florida have family or friends from other countries.
It makes living here way more fun and interesting, but Homeland Security is
watching those immigrants when you do your hiring. Nilesh Patel of the Mahadev
Law Group blog updates us on the new forms employers must use to verify
that employees are legal to work in the U.S. in New I-9 Forms.
Our Canadian brothers and sisters prove they can one-up us in something besides
hockey. In A
Workplace Harassment Case for the Record Books, Dawn Lomer in the iSight
blog shares a story of a poisoned workplace atmosphere that Canadians found
shockingly illegal (but would probably be just another case of legal workplace
bullying here, sad to say). Oh, Canada. Why can't we follow your lead? Except
the mayo on fries. You can keep that.
Just in time for National Family Month, Philip Miles in Lawffice Space
tells a cautionary tale about working for family, especially if they don't like
your sudden spiritual awakening, in 3d.
Circuit: Shareholder not "Employee" Under Title VII.
Just like children, you must teach your employees well. Michael Haberman in the
HR Observations Blog implores employers to Teach
Employees About Sexual Harassment.
Many families have that embarrassing relative who can't stop with the racial
slurs at family gatherings. Fortunately, the law protects you if your
supervisor spews out racial slurs. In Fitzpatrick on Employment Law,
Robert Fitzpatrick tells about a case where one racial slur was enough to
create an illegal hostile environment in Racial
Slur Sufficient to Support Claim Against Fannie Mae.
Nobody wants to hear Uncle Hal droning on and on about nothing, and your
employees don't want to attend trainings that go on and on about nothing
either. In Designing
an Engaging Workplace Harassment Training, Stephanie Hammerwood in Blogging4Jobs
talks about how to get employees to actually pay attention to all those
expensive harassment trainings you send them to.
Mario Bordogna in Employment Essentials explains how the DC Circuit is
as annoying to NLRB as your siblings are to you in Following
Noel Canning, The DC Circuit Again Overturns NLRB Action & Invalidates
Notice Posting Requirement.
Every parent knows you need to teach the kids what they should and shouldn't
post in social media. One of my favorite verbal sparring partners, Jon Hyman,
offers some good advice to employers about social media training in the Ohio
Employer Lawyer's Blog in With
Social Media, All Of Your Employees are Brand Ambassadors; Train Them
Accordingly. Of course, employers can always turn over their social media
passwords to NJ Gov. Christie and let him handle it . . .
Family loves to give advice, and so does the NLRB. John Holmquist, in Michigan
Employment Law Connection, analyzes NLRB advice on confidentiality in NLRB
"Advice" Concerning Employer Investigations.
Do-it-yourself projects can cause lots of family strife. Same if you try to
write a do-it-yourself employee handbook. In the DamnedIf blog (love the
name), Adam Whitney explains why in Using
Standard Form Employee Handbooks; Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't.
There's really nothing worse for a parent than outliving a child. In the Musings
blog, Crystal Spraggins explains why grieving parents should be covered
under FMLA in Proposed
Amendment to FMLA Would Provide Leave For Grieving Parents.
Health care is important for any family, since there's no quicker way to go
bankrupt than to enter a hospital while uninsured. My associate, Ryan Price,
did a terrific guest post (I'm not biased at all) right here in my blog, Screw
You Guys, I'm Going Home, on how employees will have new protections soon
against employers who discriminate based on employee health care decisions in The
"New" Discrimination: Retaliation Based on Health Care Rights.
That's all for the We Are Family Edition of the Employment Law Blog
Carnival. Join us again next month at a different location for the best
employment law blogs, together in one handy place.
See more employment law posts on Donna
Ballman's blog, Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home.
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