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Hurricane Harvey and the FMLA: Are Your Employees Eligible for Leave During a Natural Disaster?
August 28, 2017
Natural disasters like Harvey raise a host of issues for employers: how do you pay your employees during during suspended operations?  Whether and to what extent should health benefits and other benefits be offered?
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What’s in a Name? Ask Robert Lee
August 24, 2017
Instead of covering the top sports headlines of the day, ESPN has once again made the headlines and found itself embroiled in controversy. 
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Labor Looks for Labor Day Love
August 23, 2017
The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized labor on this Labor Day. First celebrated in 1882 to provide a “working man’s holiday,” Labor Day has evolved to include an analysis of the state of labor unions.
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The Current Battle over the ACA: Federal Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments
August 23, 2017
Despite increasing pressure from insurers, health professionals, patient advocate groups, and health care industry leaders during the month of July, the Senate Republicans made multiple attempts to pass some form of a health care bill that repealed some or all of the Affordable Care Act.
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Fictional Mailbag– Workplace Comic Creates Hostile Work Environment
August 21, 2017
The eclipse of 2017 is a perfect metaphor for today’s (fictional) mailbag letter.  Pete (last name withheld), a management employee who appears to have HR responsibilities, is clearly bothered by two employees who have complained to him about jokes made in the workplace by a third employee (who is a standup comedian on weekends)
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Could Google’s Firing of Engineer Lead to Legal Trouble?
August 18, 2017
Earlier this month, Google software engineer James Damore forwarded a 10-page memorandum to his coworkers via employee forums and email.
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Workplace Lessons From Charlottesville
August 17, 2017
Following the violent events and controversy surrounding the white nationalist/supremacist rally in Charlottesville, it was reported by Berkeleyside that an employee was fired from his job because of his participation in the rally.
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The Latest On NLRB Appointees
August 15, 2017
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is made up of five Members who are appointed by the President to five-year terms, with U.S. Senate consent.  For the last several years, however, the Board has been operating with only three Members.
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Arbitration Award Consistent with the One Day Rest in Seven Act
August 15, 2017
In Mondelez Global LLC v. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District No. 8, an employer prohibited its unionized employees from working seven consecutive days without a 24-hour rest period.
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US DOL Seeks Input on Overtime Rule
August 11, 2017
President Trump’s administration has finally taken some action on the Obama-era Department of Labor Overtime Rule.  Since inauguration day, employers nationwide have wondered what would become of the controversial overtime rule.
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The Minnesota Whistleblower Act & August 2017 Updates in Labor and Employment Law
August 11, 2017
This week, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a landmark unanimous opinion in Friedlander v. Edwards Lifesciences, LLC finding that an employee’s purpose for exposing an alleged illegality is no longer relevant to be afforded protection under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (the Act). 
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Animal Subcontracting – Getting the Union’s Goat!
August 10, 2017
Western Michigan University has brought in goats to clear areas of the campus. But a union has decided to butt in and has filed a grievance against the University, claiming that the goats were performing “union work."
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Tweets Follow

Sep 21

#DOJ Argues Against Itself in Conflict over Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers. https://t.co/oiuFX86p8A

Sep 20

New #SHRM Federal Court Report: Use of Racial Slurs Not Enough to Lose NLRA Protection. https://t.co/EXf6i4UScZ

Sep 12

DOL Salary Threshold Increase Appears Dead – For Now. https://t.co/AnATgkeOj3