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HUT, HUT . . . TAKE A HIKE!

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq.    Even though I’m really not a football fan, I sure enjoy the employment law lessons that the sport continues to teach us. In October of 2015, the University of Southern California (USC) fired Steve Sarkisian, its … Continue reading

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COBRA: A Poisonous Bite for Employers Who Fail to Comply

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. Most of you employers are familiar with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, often referred to as COBRA. COBRA is a federal law that generally requires employers with 20 or more employees to offer a continuation … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN . . .

You may be surprised to hear that the recent shutdown of the United States government has several human resource implications for all employers – both public and private. With an estimated 800,000 federal employees now on unpaid leave, many government … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about HOLIDAY PAY requirements…

You asked: [this is the second part of last week’s reader question] “If any overtime is to be honored and it occurred on a holiday, is there any requirement as to “double time”?” The answer: In order to answer that, … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about poster requirements . . .

You asked: “I know federal law requires our shop to put up several posters notifying employees about specific laws and employees’ rights. But I have no idea if we have all the posters we should. How can I find out … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about phone privileges at work . . .

You asked: “I have reason to believe my employer is listening in on my phone conversations at work. Is that legal?! If not, what can I do about it?” The answer: Dear Eavesdropped, If your employer is listening in on … Continue reading

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Synthetic drugs are on the radar, but they aren’t easy targets

Police departments around the nation are reporting an increase in robberies, violent crimes, and peculiar 911 calls thanks to the increased use of synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts”, K2, Spice, Red Dragon, Genie and a host of other … Continue reading

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Criminal background checks may lead to just as much trouble as they uncover

At the beginning of the year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was mixing it up with Pepsi Beverages Co. The issue? Pepsi was arbitrarily screening out all applicants whose background check revealed an arrest, whether or not that arrest … Continue reading

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Post it. Don’t Post it. Okay, Post it. But postpone it…

Don’t blink.  You might miss something. As we told you in our last blog, after an initial postponement, the current deadline for employers to post the National Labor Relations Board’s Employee Rights Notice is the end of April.  Well…since then, … Continue reading

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It’s probably best to just stay out of your employees’ Facebook

The ink was barely dry on their first report when the National Labor Relations Board’s Acting General Counsel issued a second report just six months later. The hot topic? Social media and the workplace, of course. The NLRB issued the … Continue reading

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