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Employment law advice you should never follow

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy, Retaliation, Safety, Violence
Employers, if you’re getting advice like this from your employment lawyer, do you know what time it is? Time to get a new employment lawyer. “Never give in on unemployment.” This is terrible advice on so many levels. First, an employee who doesn’t have even the relatively minimal income provided by unemployment is going to … Continue Reading

A few workplace-related things we can be thankful for

Posted in Safety
From a labor and employment law standpoint, I’m not sure we have a lot to be thankful for this year. But ’tis the season, so here are a paltry few: Be thankful that your employer doesn’t fire you while you’re on the air. Ben Finfer, co-host of a Chicago sports talk radio show learned that he … Continue Reading

Planning your workplace holiday party? Read this first!

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Safety, Sexual Torts, Uncategorized, Violence, Wage-Hour
Yeah, yeah – I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but you are planning your holiday party now, and you want answers to your burning questions while you still have time to do something about it. And, as luck would have it, I presented a webinar on Wednesday with David Weisenfeld of XpertHR on “How … Continue Reading

Transportation employers, can you survive the federal audit “tag team”?

Posted in Retaliation, Safety, Transportation Industry
David Smith of Constangy’s OSHA practice group is co-author of this post. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are tag-teaming transportation employers. They’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agree to share information about allegations of safety, coercion, and retaliation. And last week, OSHA ordered … Continue Reading

Employers, don’t be too quick to take that IRS “independent contractor” deal

Posted in Affirmative Action, Independent Contractor, Safety, Wage-Hour
You know the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is"? This may be the case with the new "sweet deal" the Internal Revenue Service is offering to employers who agree to reclassify their "independent contractors" [sic] as "employees" in exchange for some admittedly generous tax breaks… Continue Reading