Posts from August 2015.

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Alison and Adam, rest in peace.

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning's tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing.

I'm a second-guesser, and I have spent much of the last 48 hours racking my brain about what the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, could have done differently. Based on what I've been able to discern, the station did everything ...

Four quick thoughts on the Ashley Madison hack:

1. Should you post anything on the internet that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times? "No" used to be standard advice, but that isn't practical any more. I do online banking, but that doesn't mean I want my financial information all over the internet. Nor my credit card information, which is stored with ...

I loved this article from today's Detroit Free Press - "10 secrets every health insurance company knows" (not that anyone asked, but in my opinion a more accurate title would be "10 tips for getting good results from your health insurance provider").

Are Human Resources representatives advocates for employees, or shills for the corporate bigwigs?

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"Come share your workplace concerns with me," said the spider to the fly.

I suppose you've been following the story about how Amazon (1) is the worst place in the world to work, (2) no it isn't, (3) anyway, the New York Times didn't do good research and based its story on too many anecdotes

And then I'll shut up. (Until next year.)

Voting for the ABA Blawg 100 will close at 11:59 p.m. Central Time Sunday, August 16. If you have not already done so and are inclined, we would very much appreciate your going over and giving Employment & Labor Insider your vote. You don't have to be a lawyer, and it won't take but a minute. Thank you ...

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"Doing your job? The NERVE!"

If you try to prevent or end workplace discrimination as part of your job, is it legal for your employer retaliate against you?

Inquiring HR professionals, in-house lawyers, and counselors want to know!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Fourth Circuit says no - Title VII's anti-retaliation protections apply to you, too.

In a very significant ...

According to the New York Post, the City of New York fired an employee for missing too much work. Turns out that he had a very good reason for his no-call/no-show: he was dead.

Geoffrey Tolliver, a Medicaid eligibility specialist for the City, went out on a medical leave of absence for cancer in November 2013, and he passed away in December 2014. The City recently moved to terminate his ...

The U.S. Courts of Appeal hear appeals from federal district courts in their assigned states, or as otherwise specified below:

First Circuit: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico.

Second Circuit: Connecticut, New York, and Vermont.

Third Circuit: Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Fourth Circuit: Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina ...

"An apple a day keeps the doctor lawyer away." Here are five easy and inexpensive things that employers can do to minimize their risk of being sued and maximize their chances of victory if they do get sued. None of these involve major expense, or even the use of lawyers.

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"These tips will take away your pain."

1. Err on the side of treating your workers as (a) non-exempt and (b ...

It’s that time of year! The American Bar Association is accepting nominations for the 2015 ABA Blawg 100. Here are seven reasons why you should vote for Employment & Labor Insider, if you are so inclined . . .

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"I Voted (for Employment & Labor Insider)!"

*Like Donald Trump, we tell it like it is, but we have better hair.

*Like Hillary Clinton, we use email, but all of our blog posts are stored ...

The Marchuk v. Faruqi law firm sexual harassment case has been "amicably resolved." Now, what will we gossip about?

(To see why I'm disappointed, go here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Apparently, I wasn't just "following" this case - I was stalking it.)

After the verdict that pleased no one, both sides had appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second ...

Robin Shea has more than 20 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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