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Is Hiring Without Headaches Even Possible?

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

In the course of my litigation cases, I’ve had a good-natured argument at times with a few counsel who represent employees about the mindset of employers.  The argument I’ve heard from them is that employers are too cavalier in firing employees and just go about hiring someone else (someone younger, they argue). But what I’ve… Continue Reading

Upcoming Programs Touch on NLRB, Public Sector Topics & Documentation

Posted in Highlight

With spring nearly upon us (one can only hope, right?), there are a number of upcoming programs that I’ll be attending or speaking at. Some are free while others are related to the sponsoring entity.  I hope you can attend one and please feel free to come up to me to chat while we’re there…. Continue Reading

Winter Update: What You Might Have Missed in Employment Law

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

My colleagues at Shipman & Goodwin have, for a lot longer than I have been doing this blog, have been producing the Employment Law Letter recapping some stories you might have missed over each quarter or so. This week, a new newsletter was released and it touches on several topics of interest. It recaps a… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Continues to be a Hot Topic in HR

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Corporate Compliance Forum for the Connecticut Community Providers Association. My thanks to Gayle Wintjen, General Counsel of Oak Hill, for the invitation to speak. The topic was a familiar one to this blog — Data Privacy.  In the session, we tackled the new Connecticut law… Continue Reading

Implicit Bias: What We Can ALL Learn About It in the Workplace

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight

After the longest break away from this blog in 8 years (some purposeful, some not — and albeit not very long), it’s time to break from the summer doldrums and start thinking again. Last week, I had the opportunity to introduce a former law professor of mine — Professor Kimberly Norwood — at my firm’s… Continue Reading

Let’s Talk About Religion and the Workplace

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight

As I hinted at the beginning of the year, I expected topics relating to religion to take front and center this year. And certainly, the events of the first few months have supported that. Today, I’ll be moderating a community forum at my firm, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, entitled “Gotta Have Faith? Religion in the… Continue Reading

The Year of Religion and the Workplace

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

The law works in mysterious ways.  (Cue the U2 song.) Some years seem to get dominated by a particular type of issue, even though the law has been around for years. This year, it seems as though issues of religion and the workplace are taking center stage. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in… Continue Reading

NLRB and the “Purple” Crayon: NLRB Rewrites Its Decision on Employer E-mail

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

The NLRB, right now, is union-friendly. We know it. Employers know it. Politicians know it. The unions know it. It’s stacked 3-2 with Democrat appointees so the NLRB taking its training wheels off and is doing what it has always done. It has shifted its decisions based on the politics. Yesterday represented just the latest… Continue Reading

Watching Over Your Employees

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Social Media

With cameras on every smart phone and computers that can track your every click, it’s hard for employers to know what’s proper in the workplace when it comes to surveillance and monitoring. I’ve talked on the blog before about Connecticut’s Electronic Monitoring Act. But there are several other laws and theories that employers should be… Continue Reading

Bully For You? Not When It Comes To Workplace Bullying

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

One of things I try to do on this blog is look through our crystal ball and focus on topic that may be on the horizon. For some time now, workplace bullying has seemed to be one of those issues. I’ve touched on it before, but today my colleague Chris Parkin is back with some… Continue Reading

Data Privacy: Protecting Your Employees’ Data Is Critical

Posted in Data Privacy

Last month, I wrote about the Home Depot credit card data breach and the importance of protecting company data.  But the issue of protecting employee data is far from new. Back in 2011, one legal publication had this to say about employee data: Employers collect a substantial amount of personal information about their employees. Companies… Continue Reading

Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media Employment Screening

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

You just finished interviewing a great candidate for a manager-level position at your company.  She looks great on paper and interviewed well. But you’re wondering: What dark secrets about her loom on Facebook? After all, you did see that tattoo on her arm and she mentioned a fun time at Bonnaroo 2013. “Maybe there are… Continue Reading

Cameras in the Workplace Among Topics in Latest “Employment Law Letter”

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

While you might think our department at Shipman & Goodwin LLP would be content to rest on just this blog, my fellow colleagues have actually been passing along tidbits for years in its quarterly Employment Law Letter publication. The latest issue is now available online here. I really like the cover article on cameras in… 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

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – August 27th

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

I’ve long since preached about the need for ongoing sexual harassment prevention training. My new firm, Shipman & Goodwin LLP has a series of trainings scheduled that should hopefully fit your schedule if you or your employees have a need for such training. The next one is scheduled for August 27th in Hartford from 7:45-10a. … Continue Reading

First Day of Work: An Employment Lawyer’s Perspective of Onboarding

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

It’s been a while since I had a First Day of Work experience. So, of course, as an employment lawyer, I had on my lawyer’s hat as I went through the process myself yesterday. No doubt the first day is filled with excitement (and a bit of nervousness).  People are introducing themselves left and right.  (Was… Continue Reading

A New Beginning at Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

That headline sort of says it all, doesn’t it? Yes, as of this morning, I am now a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, CT in its Labor, Employment & Benefits Practice Area. It’s big for a partner to change firms in Connecticut.  Not nearly as big as, say Nate Silver and his… Continue Reading