CMS Expert International Guide to Remote Working
May 14, 2024
This guide is indispensable for managers and executives with regional or international HR responsibilities.
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Could Headphones Have Averted a Work-From-Home Tragedy?
February 29, 2024
Recently I was updating an employee handbook and beefed up the work from home policy. I did not think to add, “make sure your spouse is not listening in on your calls with clients about upcoming corporate mergers and acquisitions.”
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Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Finalizes Parental Leave Guidelines
August 3, 2023
Now that the public comment period has ended, the MCAD has issued the finalized Guidelines, as well as a two-page “Brief Guide” to the law.
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Harvard Fumbled the Bag* – A Lesson for Employers!
November 28, 2022
On November 2nd, a federal judge in Boston barred Harvard University from using its $15 million litigation claims policy to cover legal expenses in connection with its admissions program lawsuit.
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Your Neutral Uniform Policy May Violate the NLRA
September 7, 2022
This case arose in the backdrop of a union organizing campaign, when Tesla employees first wore black cotton shirts at work, with the union’s campaign slogan, “Driving a Fair Future at Tesla” on the front and a larger logo with the slogan and “UAW” on the back.
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Massachusetts: Firing an Employee for Filing a Rebuttal in Their Personnel File Violates Public Policy
December 23, 2021
In Massachusetts, employees have a statutory right to respond in writing to anything negative their employer puts in their personnel file unless the employer agrees to make changes that are satisfactory to the employee.  But is that right limited in any way?
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The EEOC’s Very Broad Approach to National Origin Discrimination and English-Only Policies
March 4, 2021
In my next installment of what has turned out to be a series on the articles written by EEOC staff members for its quarterly Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law, I offer you some interesting tidbits from its most recent publication, addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII – a protected characteristic that is surprisingly wide in scope and, as the EEOC notes, often overlaps with race, color, or religious discrimination.
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Can Employers Terminate for Off-Duty Conduct (Say, Like Storming the Capitol)?
January 15, 2021
What exactly are the parameters of when an employer can take action against an employee for engaging in off-duty activities that an employer may find repugnant? 
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Politcal/Social Expression and Upheaval
January 11, 2021
The events leading up to and occurring on January 6th in our nation’s capitol and at several state capitols raise questions about an employer’s rights to hold employees accountable for their political expression and behavior away from work.
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Oregon Workplace Fairness Act Provisions Effective October 1, 2020
September 28, 2020
The Oregon Legislature’s response to the #MeToo Movement came in the form of sweeping legislation.
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Flu Vaccine Considerations
August 27, 2020
As August comes to a close, many employers are anxious that with Fall will come flu season, placing employers in the position of battling staffing challenges and employee health issues from two dueling infections.
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Wait! What Does the NLRB Think About Social Media Policies?!
September 25, 2019
As those of you who pay attention to the National Labor Relations Board know, the issue of social media policies is an area particularly fraught with confusion.
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