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January 8, 2014

GUEST POST: Flexible Work Location for FLSA-Exempt Employees

guestblogger.jpgToday, we have a guest blogger at The Employer Handbook. It's Johanna Harris. Johanna has been a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor and in-house labor counsel for two multinational corporations. She is currently the CEO of Hire Fire and Retire LLC. Her new book, USE PROTECTION: An Employee's Guide to Advancement in the Workplace, is a basic primer on HR law and personnel policies.

Flexible work arrangements take many forms. Arranging flexible hours and schedules can be fairly straightforward and is often dictated by business needs. Flexibility of work location, however, is more difficult to manage. After the jump, this guest post addresses the issues raised by allowing employees to work at locations other than their assigned offices.

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April 6, 2012

Meyer(s) on Pending Employment Bills, Social Media, and Slides

On Employment Legislation:
Just when you thought you had the employment law landscape figured out, along comes pending legislation that could change everything. From age discrimination claims to workplace flexibility to unionization and labor organizing, new bills in the House and Senate may change the way you run your business. Here I am discussing all that jazz with Stephanie Thomas at the Proactive Employer.

On Social Media:
Last week, Jennifer King got my take on employers using social networks to check up on potential job candidates. Jennifer is an HR Analyst who writes about human resources systems for Software Advice, a company that compares and reviews HR software. She writes about trends, best practices, and technology in the HR market. Read the full article, "The Internet Persona: What Recruiters Want to Know About You", on her HR blog.

On Slides:
Last, but not least, it's Brooks Meyer starring in "That 70s Slide Show", featuring Ivy Meyer on the mat and yours truly in his directorial debut. Now, I'm only one SAG card and a few dozen credits behind my cousin.


March 19, 2012

4 new employment-law bills now pending in Congress

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Below are summaries of four pieces of legislation of which employers should take note:

  1. Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. Senator Tom Harkin (IA-D) introduced this bill last week. It would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. and lower the burden of proof for employees to prove age discrimination claims.

  2. National Right to Work Act. Senator Jim DeMint (SC-R) has introduced this bill to "preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities."

  3. Working Families Flexibility Act. Late last month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-D) and Senator Robert Casey (PA-D) introduced this bill in both the House and Senate. In effect, it would create a statutory right for employees to request flexible work terms and conditions. Employers who receive such requests must then engage in an interactive dialogue with the employee.

  4. Keep Employees' Emails and Phones Secure Act. This bill from Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL) would "prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from requiring that employers provide to the Board or to a labor organization the telephone number or email address of any employee."

Gun to my head, none of these bills pass. But, all are worth watching. And speaking of watching, in the spirit of this post, below is the "I'm Just a BIll" Schoolhouse Rock video. You can also find the Simpsons parody here.


Huge h/t to the Washington DC Employment Law Update for some of these goodies (not the video, just the bills).