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July 17, 2018

I've thought a lot of things walking through Costco.Why aren't the free samples out yet?What the heck am I going to do with 10 pounds of cheese, but damn that's a good price?How did I just manage to spend $250?The one thing I've never thought?It's so loud in here; I wish the employees would speak more quietly.Then again, I've never been...

July 16, 2018

"Zero tolerance" is too blunt an instrument, and it may even increase bad behavior. Chai Feldblum, a Democratic Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was quoted this week as saying that "zero tolerance" policies can actually make it harder for employers to fight workplace harassment. According to Ms. Feldblum, a...

July 12, 2018

As we previously posted, gender discrimination issues have been a hot topic at the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). Now, it seems the NLRB is even more on board the #metoo movement – but with a twist, sexual harassment by unions. On February 20, 2018, the NLRB in ILA Local 28(Ceres Gulf, Inc.) (NLRB 2018) issued a very concise, but biting...

July 12, 2018

Have I missed any? A recent poll of 2,000 American workers said that people have an average of about 60 bad days a year. (People actually keep track of such things? And, define "bad.") Of those 60-some bad days a year, 80 percent are reportedly due to work-related stress. Maybe the other 20 percent fall on the weekends. Or holidays . . ....

July 12, 2018

Consider this scenario. Employer and Employee have a good-faith dispute over whether Employer owes Employee for unpaid overtime for time Employee spent traveling. Employee sues. Court awards Employee $608.08 for unpaid overtime (doubled to $1,216.16 as liquidated damages). So far, this all seems kosher. Then, however, Employee files his...

July 12, 2018

What can we learn from Major League Baseball’s currently unemployed players? Employee satisfaction has become increasingly important as employees expect fulfillment in their careers (both financially and with work-life balance programs and benefits). Whether unionized or not, it is important to analyze a company’s culture and the industry to...

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