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With Your Social Media Policy, It’s “Live” and “Go” Time

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

Recently, I had the opportunity to revisit a social media policy I had reviewed several years ago.  (Check back to this post from 2008 to see how far we’ve really come.) In doing so, I was reminded — once again — how quickly the tech world is changing and how policies need to continually adapt…. Continue Reading

Can You Love Employment Law and Love Valentine’s Day?

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

For years, I’ve been “warning” about the upcoming holiday of Valentine’s Day. Back in 2011, I recapped several cases where employees’ inappropriate behavior on this day of love, led to lawsuits. Apparently, there were some people who didn’t read the blog, because just a few years after that, I recapped a few more cases where… Continue Reading

Court: Breach of Anti-Harassment Policy in Company Handbook — Titled “Employee Agreement” — Can Be a Viable Claim Without Disclaimer

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

I’ve talked many times before about the importance of a well-drafted disclaimer in your employee handbook (here and here, for example). This is not a new thing and in Connecticut dates back to an important case back in 1995 . Without such disclaimers, employers can be subject to a breach of contract claim by your employees. Yesterday, a… Continue Reading

Domestic Violence Awareness: Resources for Employers

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

This post is not going to discuss, in my view, the NFL’s inadequate response over the years to domestic violence incidents by players in the league.  (If you want to listen to a full take down of the NFL, I recommend Slate’s The Gist podcast from yesterday.) Rather, I want to talk today about how… Continue Reading

ABA Approves Model Workplace Policy on Employer Responses to Domestic Violence

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

One of the roles that I relish is being a member of the American Bar Assocation’s House of Delegates for several terms now.   The ABA adopts certain policies at its Annual Meeting and uses its bully-pulpit to try to get such policies enacted at the federal, state or local level.At this year’s meeting, which took… Continue Reading

Wait, “Inflexible” Leave Policies Are Actually Okay? Sometimes.

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

So last month we talked about how an employer may, in some circumstances, need to give additional leave as an accommodation above and beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Today, my colleague Clarisse Thomas shows how the law in this area really is still developing.  She highlights a new case that comes to a different… Continue Reading

Data Privacy and Human Resources: A Target to Aim For?

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

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Tri-State SHRM Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  The session was led by Marc Kroll of Comp360 and I thank him publicly for both the invitation and the coordination. But a post about the great work that HR consultants like Marc do is a topic for… Continue Reading

Up is Down and Outside is Inside? With FMLA, Not Quite Common Sense

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Today, my colleague Christopher Engler, takes a crack at explaining what happens with FMLA leave when an employee takes works at another job while on FMLA leave.  As Chris explains, not everything about the statute is “common sense.”  Picture this: In one scenario, a maintenance worker takes an FMLA leave for “mental distress” but continues to deliver oil… Continue Reading

Offensive Tweets and Twitter Justice: The Tale of Justine Sacco for Employers

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

Have you heard of Justine Sacco? If you’re on social media, it was hard to avoid over the weekend. She was the public relations professional who posted an offensive tweet on Friday before boarding a plane to South Africa. Never mind that she had only 200 or so followers when she made the tweet.  By the… Continue Reading

Upcoming CCSU/ITBD Breakfast Seminar on Social Media Policy

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

Interested in social media for business but wondering how to deal with a policy to manage it? Central Connecticut State University’s Institute for Technology & Business Development is sponsoring an executive breakfast series seminar on October 3, 2013 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Social Media Policy. I will be among the panel of speakers discussing the subject. … Continue Reading

Back to the Basics on Sexual Harassment Prevention

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

With every new law that gets passed, it’s easy to overlook the existing requirements that employers must follow. After all, if employers are just tracking the new laws down without first nailing down compliance with “older” ones, then they are leaving themselves just as vulnerable to potential claims. One area that is easy to overlook… Continue Reading

Workplace Issues Now Grow on “Vines”; Why Employers Need a Policy More Than Ever

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

As I said in an earlier post, I’ll be speaking about Social Media and the Workplace, as part of WESFACCA’s “Day of Privacy” presentation later this week.  One of items I hope to touch on is the fact that with the proliferation of apps and social media, it is growing increasingly difficult for employers to catch up…. Continue Reading

Five Things To Know About Paid Sick Leave, NLRB and Other New Developments

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Social Media, Wage & Hour

At yesterday’s labor & employment law seminar, we had both Heidi Lane, a Prinicipal Attorney with the Connecticut Department of Labor, and Jonathan Kreisberg, Regional Director of the NLRB’s Hartford Office, speak to attendees about the latest developments under both Connecticut and federal law. But for those who couldn’t make it, here are five notable things they discussed: 1)… Continue Reading

Example #438 of Why You Need a Social Media Policy

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Thanks to all who came and attended our employment law seminar at the Hartford Club today. As a reminder, we’re running another one on October 18th.  More information is available here. At today’s seminar, we talked about the need for companies to implement a social media policy and also about how social media can get out of… Continue Reading

Five Years Later, The Biggest Impact on Employment Law Is….

Posted in Social Media

This week, this blog celebrates it’s fifth anniversary (on Wednesday, more specifically). All this week, I’m going to look back on a post or reflect on this blog through the years. Today, I’ll address what the biggest impact has been on employment law over the last five years. (Hint: It’s not the Employee Free Choice… Continue Reading

Five Free Online Resources for Local Employers and Businesses

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

As a lawyer to businesses of all sizes, I get lots of questions. But I remain surprised that many people are not aware of some of the great free online resources that are available to businesses that can make their lives easier.  Much of it is due to the overwhelming nature of the Internet. It’s hard… Continue Reading

Saved by the Cell Phone? Best Practices for Your Company

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

What a great turnout we had on Tuesday for our presentation on addressing the challenges of “going mobile” from a company’s human resources perspective.  My thanks to Kris Dunn, the moderator, who put the panel together.  Other speakers were Madeline Laurano of the Aberdeen Group and Jessica Lee of Marriott.  If you’re not following all… Continue Reading

A Paid Sick Leave Carryover Issue Left Unaddressed … Until Now

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

So, four months in, how is Connecticut Paid Sick Leave (PSL) working out? Well, for towns, not so well as this recent article pointed out. But as Connecticut employers start running through the issues, some novel and unforseen issues keep popping up. I’ll address one of them here. But before you read it, make sure you… Continue Reading

What Would The NLRB Think of Apple’s Social Media Policy?

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Social Media

This morning, I had the opportunity to talk with members of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce about social media and the law.  My thanks to that organization for the invitation. We talked for a while about the National Labor Relations Board’s stance on broad social media policies — something which I’ve discussed many times… Continue Reading

Breakfast with the NLRB Region 34 Director – What’s New?

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

Last year, I published a series of posts about the Connecticut Bar Association’s breakfast with NLRB Region 34 Director Jonathan Kreisberg. Kreisberg repeated that breakfast earlier this week. Although I was unable to personally attend, breakfast organizer Nicole Bernabo was kind enough to recap the event and agreed to share her recollections for the blog…. Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know About Google+

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

Long time readers of the blog may be getting a feeling of deja vu with the title of the post. After all, it was about two years ago that I wrote about Google Wave.  That product was going to change the world way we communicate. (Fortunately, I didn’t make such bold predictions, other than to… Continue Reading

Facebook Firing Case Settles; But Another Social Media Case at the NLRB May Be Rising

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

The news came late Monday: The NLRB’s case against an employer for allegedly firing an employee due to a Facebook post had settled.  The background of that case can be found in one of my November 2010 posts.  The case name is: American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc., 34-CA-12576. The terms of the settlement were not fully… Continue Reading

The “Public” vs. “Private” Facebook Page: Thorny Issues for Employers

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Are you scared of social media yet?  That seems to be the approach of newly-minted legal "experts" telling employers to be on guard for employees who use social media with the added suggestion that you can (and perhaps should) fire anyone who says anything silly or mildly inappropriate on Facebook.  If only it were that… Continue Reading

Another Example of Why Your Company Now Needs a Social Media Policy

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Heather Armstrong — depending on your perspective — is either infamous or famous. Infamous, in the sense that in 2002, she was one of the first people fired by her employer for writing about company business on her blog, Dooce. But since that time, she’s only become much more famous, with her spirited writing and… Continue Reading