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Tag Archives: Politics

Before you fire that political extremist . . .

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, HR, Politics, Public Sector Employment, Social media, Wrongful Discharge
If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are, there may be state or local laws protecting employees from discrimination based on their political beliefs or… Continue Reading

Kaplan confirmed to NLRB – we now have an “R-D” tie

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Marvin Kaplan’s appointment to the National Labor Relations Board, which means that there is now an equal number of Republicans and Democrats on the Board. William Emanuel, a management-side attorney from Littler Mendelsohn, is the last Trump nominee to the Board. His confirmation vote will not take place until after the Senate’s… Continue Reading

President Trump nominates Iraq veteran Daniel Gade to EEOC Commissioner spot

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Politics
President Trump has nominated Daniel M. Gade to the last vacant slot on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dr. Gade, who has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy, is a veteran of the second Iraq War, and lost his right leg in 2005 after an explosion that occurred while he was carrying out… Continue Reading

Trump v. Sessions: Are we witnessing a “constructive discharge” in real time?

Posted in Wrongful Discharge
As anyone who’s been following the news is aware, President Trump has been publicly and repeatedly indicating his displeasure with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We are a non-partisan blog, so I’m not going to get into who’s right and who’s wrong about the underlying dispute. But it does seem to me that the President is trying… Continue Reading

Are you a harassment “daredevil”? Here are 5 behaviors that put you at risk.

Posted in Harassment, Social media
Not every obnoxious workplace behavior is unlawful harassment. To violate federal law, the harassment has to be unwelcome, based on a “protected category” (for example, sex or race), and “severe or pervasive.” But most employers aren’t satisfied with banning only “illegal” behavior, and rightfully not. The law does a fairly good job of keeping us from each other’s… Continue Reading

Trump nominates Janet Dhillon to head EEOC

Posted in Discrimination, Politics
Janet Dhillon, general counsel and corporate secretary for Burlington Stores, Inc., has been nominated by President Trump to fill a vacant seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to become its Chair. If confirmed, Ms. Dhillon will serve a five-year term that will expire July 1, 2022. I was expecting him to nominate Victoria… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: NLRB finalists, EEOC to swallow up OFCCP?

Posted in Affirmative Action, Elections, Labor Relations, Politics
NLRB candidates being vetted. Bloomberg BNA reported last night that President Trump has settled on two candidates to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board. One is William Emanuel, a shareholder in the Los Angeles Office of the management-side law firm Littler Mendelsohn. Here is a link to his firm bio. The other… Continue Reading

“The freezing trucker” and Gorsuch’s heart of ice: A micro-fiction

Posted in Politics, Transportation Industry
It was a bleak and frigid night on I-88 somewhere in northern Illinois. The icy wind whipped across the flatlands, grazing the endless rows of white, brittle remains of last year’s corn crop. The only place to be that night was in your house, wrapped in your Snuggie, with a warm glass of brandy, watching videos of past vacations at Daytona… Continue Reading

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces and its “executioner”: The Congressional Review Act

Posted in Affirmative Action, Elections, Politics
The U.S. Senate has passed, 49-48, a resolution of disapproval of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule. The resolution of disapproval passed the House in February, and we’ve reported on it here and here. If the President signs the resolution, as is expected, then Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces will be dead. The controversial rule, issued by… Continue Reading

Employer dos and don’ts for 2016 elections (NLRB-friendly version)

Posted in Harassment, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Social media
Labor Day marked the beginning of the “serious” election season. In 2012, I posted on dos and don’ts for employers, but many of my old recommendations aren’t going to work in today’s labor law climate. Here’s an updated guide to help employers and their employees survive to November 8, and beyond, which I think will comply with the… Continue Reading

One word on political discussions at work: Shhh.

Posted in Uncategorized
Political discussions are great (in theory), and we learn from them (in theory). But it's just as true that a lot of people have their minds not only made up but also deeply entrenched. And they're emotional about it. For all of these reasons, and probably a lot more, it's prudent to keep your political views to yourself while you're at work.… Continue Reading