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Surprising Research Says Negative Feedback Is Effective (and We Might Even Prefer It)

Few people like hearing bad news about themselves. Getting a tough performance review or being called out for a mistake challenges our status and triggers feelings of shame, frustration, and helplessness. Negative feedback floods the brain with stress-inducing hormones that…

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…