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Ten (+4 More) People to Follow on Twitter for Labor and Employment Law

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Since the last time I published a list of labor & employment law lawyers to follow back in 2012, there are just a bunch of you out there now using Twitter. (And I presume you’re already following me @danielschwartz, right?) So, it’s probably time to update my list of labor & employment law-related people to… Continue Reading

Gleaning Employment Law Lessons From Connecticut’s Double Championships

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Wage & Hour

I’ll first acknowledge the obvious: UConn’s national championships in both men’s and women’s basketball is a weak excuse for a post on employment law topics. And yet, that hasn’t stopped me before. (See 2009, 2011, etc.) For Kevin Ollie, the victory provides a nice financial bonus to him.  How do I know this? Because Ollie… Continue Reading

Final Four Madness: Preparation Still Matters To Win On (or In) The Court

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Litigation

Over the weekend, I asked my colleague, Chris Engler, to think of any employment law lessons that could be divined from the victories of the UConn Men’s Basketball team.  He reminds us in the post below that preparation still matters.  Of course, this isn’t the first time this blog has written about the UConn Huskies (see… Continue Reading

ABA Journal Puts Blog In “Hall of Fame”

Posted in Featured, Highlight

With the holidays here, it’s time to say a quick thanks to all of you who have stuck with this blog for well over 6 years. Earlier this month, the ABA Journal — the flagship publication of the American Bar Association — once again named this blog as one of the best law blogs in… Continue Reading

“Simply the Best”, from an Employment Lawyer

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Social Media

Over the years, we’ve had a little fun on this blog, with friendly bets with other employment law attorneys, over everything from a sports event to, well, a sports event.  The loser traditionally has to extol the virtues of the winning team on an employment law blog with some loose employment law tie-in. Last week,… Continue Reading

Employment Law Statistics Tell Part of a Story; Still Waiting for CHRO

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Every once in a while, it’s worth taking a look at statistics in the employment law arena to get a sense of trends with the law and what employers should focus on.For those that have been paying attention, retaliation claims are now the most filed type of charge filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee… Continue Reading

You Cannot Prevent Your Employees from Using Social Media

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

For many years, employers set up firewalls at work that prevented employees from going to certain websites. Didn’t want your employees shopping at Amazon? Block the site. Didn’t want your employees posting updates at Facebook? Block the site. But here’s the reality: Smartphones have made those firewalls meaningless.  Information, as I’ve said before, wants to… Continue Reading

Ten of the Best Workplace Songs for Labor Day

Posted in Highlight

It’s Friday before Labor Day. Is anyone there?  If you are, you are probably watching every phone call and e-mail with an eye towards the clock too.  The unofficial end of summer is upon us (time to get your ice cream soda.) So, rather than recap the basis for Labor Day (which I’ve done before… Continue Reading

Appearance on Where We Live

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Litigation

Early on Wednesday, shortly before the Supreme Court issued its landmark rulings in same-sex marriage cases, I had the fortunate opportunity to return to one of my favorite radio shows, Where We Live.  (You can relive my previous experiences here and here, for starters.) Along with the host, John Dankosky, we spoke at length about… Continue Reading

You’ve Got a “Friend” In Me: A Free Webinar on the Latest in Social Media & Employment Law

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

With apologies (credit?) to Randy Newman, you’ve got a friend in me.  Or at least an online “friend.”  It’s better than having enemies, right? Regardless, you’re cordially invited to join me and others for another Pullman & Comley, LLC webinar on employment law.  I’ll be leading the charge this time around with this webinar entitled: “With ‘Friends’ Like These: Where… Continue Reading

Reading the Tea Leaves for Employment Law in 2013 (Harry Potter Edition)

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Litigation, Social Media

In this week’s Connecticut Law Tribune, I filed my annual “forecast” of employment law for 2013. As with the weather forecasts, it is subject to change on a moment’s notice. So drink your “tea” with a grain of salt. So, last year, I brought out my trusted Magic 8-Ball to make my 2012 predictions. Looking… Continue Reading

A New Year’s Resolution

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Five years is a long time. In the time span of the Internet, it might as well be a lifetime. So, after five years of doing this blog on nearly a daily (ok, business daily) basis, it’s time for a change. Now, I’m not retiring like other bloggers have.  But it’s time to recognize that… Continue Reading

Newtown: You Are Not Alone

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Normally, this blog writes itself. This morning, however, the words have not come easy.  Does writing about FMLA leave relating to the Newtown tragedy really matter? Indeed, I’ve rewritten this post about 5 different times.  What can we say that will comfort those? What can we do to help those? Are we helpless to respond? Yesterday,… Continue Reading

Four Potential Employment Law Impacts of Obama’s Next Four Years

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Litigation, Wage & Hour

President Obama was re-elected to a second term last night (something forecasted by stats guru Nate Silver). What does it mean for employers? I won’t go quite as far as fellow blogger Jon Hyman, who said this morning that “it just doesn’t matter” who won last night.  I think it matters in part. But the impact… Continue Reading

A Look Back at Obama’s (First?) Four Years and Employment Law

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Finally, today is Election Day.   And while the pundits tonight will all look forward to what the next four years might bring, it’s worth taking a quick peek back at Obama’s (first?) four years with a review of some of the posts from 2008-9. Before his term, there were predictions that he would be good… Continue Reading

Medical Marijuana Giving Employers Headaches Already

Posted in Uncategorized

Today, our firm held the last of two free seminars on employment law. Thanks to all who attended. Surprisingly, one of the issues our attendees had a bunch of questions on was the new medical marijuana bill that became effective October 1, 2012.  Now, I’m not going to go back over the entire bill in… Continue Reading

Election 2012: What Debate Questions Would You Ask Rep. Paul Ryan

Posted in Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

As we continue our series this week of highlighting employment law issues for the candidates, next up is Rep. Paul Ryan.  (For previous posts and groundrules, see here, here, and here.) Your record on the Employment Non-discrimination Act is, to be blunt, muddy at best. You appear to have once voted for passage of the Act,… Continue Reading

Election 2012: What Debate Questions Would You Ask Mitt Romney?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NRLB, Legislative Developments

All this week, this blog (and other employment law blogs — here, here, here and here) are posting employment law-related questions for the major-party candidates for President and Vice President.  Today’s turn: Mitt Romney. (For a recap of this process — and a reminder that these questions should not be interpreted as being “for” or “against”… Continue Reading

Five Ideas on The Next Five Years

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media, Wage & Hour

So, now that I’ve finished up the first five years, it’s time to think about what’s in store over the next five years.  It’d be easy to punt on the subject, but I’m going to take a crack at it.  Here are some ideas on where we’ll be in another five years.  Check back in… Continue Reading

The (Not So) Definitive Top 10 List of Employment Lawyers To Follow Online

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

  Yesterday, the HR Examiner came out with Top 25 list of “Online Influencers” in Employment Law.  Through a complex formula, it purports to show who people listen to about employment law online. Unlike Groucho Marx who famously said “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member”, I’m thankful to be… Continue Reading

The Zombie Cases: Why Defending Employment Lawsuits Can Be So Expensive

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

How many times do you have to win? That’s a question that employers may ask themselves when dealing with employment cases because the fact is, a enterprising litigant can make things quite expensive on the thinnest of facts.  Indeed, employers may be wondering if these cases are like zombies that rise up from the dead to… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Personnel Files, Minimum Wage, Payroll Cards, CTFMLA, Unemployment Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

The General Assembly is always full of surprises.    It’s the busy season for the Connecticut legislature and a number of employment-law related proposals are still “alive”.  (I use “alive” in the generic sense because the bills have merely passed committee; whether they will end up getting voted on is an entirely different question. For further updates… Continue Reading

Predicting the Future in Employment Law, At Least for 2012

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Social Media, Wage & Hour

A few weeks ago, I sat down and crafted an article for the Connecticut Law Tribune that laid out my predictions for 2012.  That article was finally published this week here. Among the topics I tackle are new U.S. Supreme Court and Connecticut Supreme Court decisions, possible new legislative developments, and whether the trend of… Continue Reading