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Stardate August 29, 2018. I found a 4G network and am typing this blog post at sea before I lose the network. Stay with me Verizon!

How confident are you that your attendance policy complies with the FMLA? If it’s anything less than, “Damn right it does,” check out this new Opinion Letter from the DOL on the interplay between FMLA and no-fault attendance policies.

With luck, I’ll be back tomorrow.

 

Yep. So says the DOL in a brand new Opinion Letter released this week. No go win that blue pie piece in the Trivial Pursuit – HR Compliance Edition.

PS – Day Three at sea and the WiFi on the cruise ship remains poor. I’m trying unionize the crew to demand better bandwidth. In the meantime, I’m blogging from my cell phone because I must really like you folks.

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By the time you read this, I should be blissfully cruising in the Atlantic outside the range of any cell towers. However, between now (Saturday afternoon) and Monday, I am feverishly punching out 5 blog posts to hold you over until after Labor Day.

Will I sacrifice quality for quantity? Since you’re not paying me anything to blog, you bet I will. Hopefully, you won’t see it that way. But, if feel otherwise, go jump in a lake I’m sorry. Continue reading

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Here’s a pro tip for you:

The next time you land an awesome internship, avoid exchanging tweets similar to the redacted ones in the screenshot up there. Especially with someone who is on the council that oversees the company with which you just received the internship. This pro tip applies even if you don’t know that the person is on the council when you tweet. It’s a bad look and doesn’t bode well for your long-term internship prospects. Continue reading

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It’s right there in the statute.

Under New Jersey and Delaware state law, you can’t discriminate against an employee based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

Now, you won’t find the words “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” anywhere in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. But, starting this month, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is treating both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes.

“Speak, English, Eric!”

LGBT discrimination is against the law in all three states in the tri-state area — at least according to the state agencies that administer each law. Continue reading

Over the weekend, there were several reports (including this one from Kim Severson at the New York Times) that Asia Argento paid out a large settlement to a man who accused Ms. Argento of sexually assaulting him in a hotel room when he was 17 years old.

Asia Argento is one of the women who had accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She is also a leading advocate for the #MeToo movement. Continue reading

“Doing What’s Right – Not Just What’s Legal”