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Late last week, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to ban employers and employees from entering into non-competition agreements. Continue reading

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Last Friday, I blogged about CareerBuilder’s Survey of bizarre excuses for being late to work.

And, don’t get me wrong, there were some good ones in there (e.g., “I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.”), but I had a sneaking suspicion that some of the readers of this blog had heard some better ones.

I was right. Continue reading

In late March, I blogged here about how it was only a matter of time before the State of New Jersey would require local employers to provide men and women the same pay and benefits for performing substantially similar work.

Well, mark your calendars for July 1, 2018.

That’s when the Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act will take effect, after Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law on April 24. Continue reading

Hey, I was going to have a big recap of yesterday’s public hearing on harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace at which I testified before the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee. There’s a lot to discuss, maybe too much for a blog post. So, I plan to write a longer article for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

In the meantime, I want to rant quickly on something that has nothing to do with employment law or HR compliance, other than Human Resource professionals and attorneys are just as guilty of this as anyone else. Continue reading

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I’ll be testifying today before the Pennsylvania House Labor and Industry Committee at a public hearing on harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. Continue reading


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A female employee has just complained to HR that the CEO harassed her. This complaint is the third one against the same alleged harasser. So, you hire an outside attorney to conduct a full investigation anticipating that there might be subsequent litigation. The attorney investigates and furnishes a written report of her findings and conclusions.

If the internal sexual harassment complaint evolves into a lawsuit, and the plaintiff requests a copy of the written report, does the defendant have to turn it over? Continue reading

I can always count on CareerBuilder to help lighten the mood around here with some good fodder for a Friday post.

Last month, CareerBuilder released the survey results from “This Year’s Most Bizarre Excuses for Being Late to Work.” Continue reading


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In a video posted on the company’s website, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson followed up his initial apology for last week’s incident in Philadelphia with additional details on how the company would try to avoid a similar event in the future. Continue reading


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It’s one thing to terminate an employee for complaining that she is being sexually harassed at work. But, when you (allegedly) fire her son and fiancé too without justification, that’s stone cold!

Not that Stone Cold.

But, according to the EEOC, it’s pretty darn bad. Bah Gawd! Continue reading


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Starbucks was riding a pretty good HR streak in 2018. Among other things, the coffee giant had attained 100% gender and racial equality and announced investments in paid leave. Yep, things were lookin’ really good for Starbucks.

Then, last week, things got really bad. Continue reading

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