December 2010 Archives

December 13, 2010

Best Practices for Investigating Employee Complaints

Recently, I offered readers two ways to avoid employee claims of unlawful harassment. But let's assume someone complains. It will happen, trust me. Are you prepared to conduct a thorough and efficient workplace investigation? If not, check out my article in Bloomberg Law Reports.

You can read it here.

December 13, 2010

Breastfeeding in the workplace: Is your business compliant?

Breast milk storage containers bottles

Previously, I wrote (here) about how The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted earlier this year, amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require a "reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express the milk."

My Dilworth Paxson colleagues, Katharine Hartman and Holly Rogers, have an article that was recently published in Bloomberg Law Reports, which offers more great information for employers about the Act and how to avoid potential lawsuits.

You can read that article here.

December 13, 2010

Can employees use your confidential documents to prove discrimination?

If you are reading this and you are a New Jersey employer, then the answer is yes. But only under certain circumstances. I'll lay out the test for you after the jump.

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December 9, 2010

Holiday Party 101: How to Avoid The Lawsuit

Thumbnail image for lampshade1.jpgNext week is our firm holiday party. And I am a big fan.

At the party, I like to drink Four Loko boilermakers all night until I get blackout drunk socialize with colleagues for a few hours before cabbing home for the evening. Generally, I go crazy have a good time. But I rarely always keep it in check. There are others like me at OTHER holiday parties who succumb to the sweet nectar of the gods get a bit tipsy after consuming too many drinks. And where there's Tipsy, both Handsy and Sailormouth generally come out to play too.

This will could happen at your business. So what steps are you taking to prepare for this inevitability possibility (besides having my number on speed-dial)? Not sure what to do? I'll help you with some tips after the jump.

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December 8, 2010

Get a social media policy...before your employees pimp hookers on Facebook

sonicreceipt.jpgIf you know me, you know that I am a BIG advocate of social media policies for employers. I've written about it here. I've been interviewed about it here. And I've spoken both to clients and at global conferences on the subject.

If you have not adopted a social media policy yet, check out this story by Chris Morran at The Consumerist. It's a sobering read about how important it is to educate employees about appropriate online behavior.

No, the title to this post isn't gratuitous. Morran's story involves an employee advertising hookers. The receipt to the right just may have given that away.

Image credit: The Consumerist

December 7, 2010

Two ways to avoid employee lawsuits

Recently, I had an article published in Bloomberg Law Reports about how employers can reduce their potential exposure to employee litigation by implementing a strong anti-harassment policy and then coupling that with training for supervisors and employees. If I do say so myself -- and I do -- this is a good read for any employer.

You can read my article here.