Legal – Compliance & Policies

The Google Manifesto Debate Tells Us That Diversity Training Is Harder Than We Suspect

It was inevitable that Google would fire its outspoken software engineer for his controversial manifesto challenging the company’s efforts at diversity and suggesting biology is why there are few female coders and leaders. James Damore confirmed his Monday firing in…

The Opioid Crises: What Do You Do When Tragedy Strikes a Coworker?

Today we’re seeing an upsurge in deaths that are unusual in both cause and in the age of the deceased. The prescription opioid crises, which claimed 15,000 lives in 2015 is affecting families and employers; it became one of the…

If You Hire In California, You Need to Know About These New Background Screening Rules

Several common background check practices became illegal in California last month. Recent additions to the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act address how employers use criminal histories in employment decisions. A laudable goal – reducing employment barriers for people with criminal…

Labor Department Asks Employers For Input On Revising Overtime Rules

Editor’s note: The DOL rule raising  the minimum pay threshold to $913 a week to determine who had to be paid overtime was to have taken effect December 1, 2016. However, 21 states and a number of business organizations sued…

Massachusetts Court Says Medical Marijuana Users Are Entitled to Accommodation

On July 17th, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s use of medical marijuana. This is the first…

If You Do Background Checks, Here’s What You Need to Know to Avoid a Lawsuit

“Double, double toil and trouble…” Although Shakespeare surely had something else in mind, it’s easy to see how these words could conjure images of compliance woes. The double compliance trouble you’re facing springs from two well-intentioned provisions that, nevertheless, complicate…

The ADA Says You Get to Decide What Job Functions Are ‘Essential’

About a year ago, I blogged here about a litigation attorney with the State of Louisiana. She has a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On account of her illness, the U.S. Department of Justice accommodated the litigator by allowing her to telecommute from…

What Happens Online Can Get You In Trouble

Before social media, harassment, sexual or otherwise, was pretty much confined to office hours. Now, work and personal life have become so entangled that what happens at work no longer stays at work. “Our employees are connected 24/7,” says Jeffrey Miller,…