We spend a lot of time debating the respective merits of fine points of
the law. The reality, however, is that judges are people too. Despite
their training, robes, and gavels, the decision of many cases comes down to one key fundamental
question: did one side treat the other side fairly? Courts...
In most states, your company handbook isn't a contract.
They don't have to follow their own procedures. However, some employers are
starting to make employees sign them and add things like an agreement to
arbitrate all claims against the employer or a waiver of jury trial.
You will want...
Courts have blessed written agreements between employer
and employee to submit federal discrimination claims to arbitration. Here
is an example.
But, there's legal and then there's doing
right. Below, how one employer got it wrong. Very wrong. Plus, what
you can do to make sure that your...
What's the point of having a written handbook policy if
you aren't going to follow it? Better yet, what are the consequences of not
following that handbook policy?
(Hint: they're bad).
This recent federal-court age-discrimination decision
underscores the importance of companies...
Reporters call me all the time. It's a wonder that I can
get any work done.
Why, just last week, I was speaking to a reporter about an action recently initiated by current and former employees of
the FDA, alleging that the agency unlawfully monitored their private emails...
Last Thursday, my family and I drove to Battle Creek, Michigan, to pick up our new puppy. I cannot give the breeder ( Jon Peck, Midnight Run Vizslas ) higher marks. He spent two hours with us explaining the ins and outs of what we could expect with our new dog. He provided pointers on the peculiarities...
Your employee handbook contains lots of policies and procedures you're supposed to read and follow. But many handbooks contain policies the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) considers illegal. NLRB is usually thought of as the agency that regulates all things union: elections, collective bargaining...
Where are we these days with respect to mind-altering substances and the workplace? Here’s the latest, with the “substances” discussed in alphabetical order. This blog post is guaranteed accurate™ for at least the next five minutes.
ALCOHOL. Alcohol is legal, which means...
by Jana P. Grimm
For the last five years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been aggressively reviewing and issuing decisions regarding employer rules and policies and whether such rules and policies violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (Act). What once started as a relatively...