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An open love letter to Justice Clarence Thomas

USA - May 19 2016 I admit it. I have a crush on Justice Thomas. Today's unanimous Supreme Court opinion in CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC - holding that a

Is sexual harassment training a turn-off for men?

USA - May 20 2016 A semi-recent article in the New York Post “The Corporate ‘Cure’ for Sexual Harassment Only Feeds the Disease” cited a couple of studies that

DOL Issues New Regulation Regarding White Collar Exemptions That Would More Than Double Salary Threshold and Require Automatic Increases Every Three Years

USA - May 18 2016 This afternoon, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited Final Rule regarding changes to the regulations

Preventive Medicine - Spring 2016

USA - May 23 2016 In today’s digital workplace, few issues cause more confusion than social media. Numerous laws are relevant to social media, from Title VII to the

What’s the world coming to? Federal OT rule is more employee-friendly than California law!

USA - May 18 2016 Well, not exactly. But some natural phenomena occur only once or twice in a lifetimelike Halley’s Comet, or the turn of the Millennium, or the Mets

Supreme Court’s Constructive Discharge Decision Makes Sense for Employers and Employees

USA - May 26 2016 Monday's Supreme Court decision in Green v. Brennan, holding that the time for an employee to bring a constructive discharge claim begins running

Military employment rights: A recap for the Memorial Day weekend

USA - May 26 2016 In honor of Memorial Day weekend, here’s a summary of the rights of employees who take leaves of absence to serve our country, and their family

Threats, and rumors of threats, enough to overturn union election, court says

USA - May 26 2016 Do you know the difference between an idle threat and a serious one? Your kid plays a joke on you, and you respond, “I’m gonna kill you” while

Preventive Medicine - Spring 2016

USA - May 23 2016 In today’s digital workplace, few issues cause more confusion than social media. Numerous laws are relevant to social media, from Title VII to the

Too many RULES, man!

USA - May 20 2016 “Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the rules . . .” Of course, the mega-topic this week was the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Rule on