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Addressing Legal Issues in the Hiring Process and Your Job Search

According to the US Labor Department, employers added 156,000 jobs last month. Additionally, the participation rate increased to 62.9%. And the average hourly earnings moved 0.2 percentage points. These figures indicate a steadily increasing U.S. economy. But the Labor Department also found that the unemployment rate last month increased from 4.9% to 5%. A rising unemployment … Continue Reading

Employee Manuals Need Spring Cleaning Thanks to the NLRB

Thanks to the National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB), companies need to add employee manuals to the list of things that need spring cleaning. Specifically, the NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel issued a 3/18/2015 report full of examples of how your company’s employee manual likely violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). For background, any … Continue Reading

Flag on the Play: Court Takes Away Employer’s Victory Because of Mistake in the Employee Manual

This past week saw the Seattle Seahawks skillfully avoid winning back-to-back Super Bowls because of (arguably) bad decision-making (all the Seahawks had to do was move the ball 36 inches into the end-zone – the only other decision worse than passing in that situation was having Katy Perry perform at half-time, but I digress). An … Continue Reading

Employee Terminations: Delaying the Inevitable is Inevitably Bad for the Company

Employee terminations are an unfortunate reality of every business. But that doesn’t mean employers and their managers are good at carrying out terminations.  Take for example a response Sir James Dyson (yes, the vacuum guy was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006) gave when he responded to Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Ask a Billionaire” feature that … Continue Reading

Survey Answers Questions About Improving Employee Relations: Add Meaning

The Detroit Free Press released its fifth annual Top Workplaces to Work finalists of Metro Detroit employers. Congratulations to all the 2012 finalists. One point that jumps out from the results of the employee surveys submitted (my understanding is that these surveys are submitted anonymously) is the critical value employees placed on cultivating a meaningful … Continue Reading

The Intersection of Social Media & Employment Law: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing.

On February 6, 2012 I had the opportunity to speak to human resource professionals about legal issues at the intersection of social media and employment law. This HR group is lead by the B2B Connection and its president Gail Sanderson. A special thanks is also owed to Molly DiBianca over at the Delaware Employment Law Blog for her permission … Continue Reading
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