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On December 13, 2020, the New York Mets announced that the club had named Jared Porter the team’s 14th General Manager in franchise history. Porter agreed to a four-year contract. In just over a month since then, the team had made some blockbuster trades for stars like Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carasco, and Joey Lucchesi. Things were looking up for the Mets.

However, yesterday, the same day that the team announced the Lucchesi trade, new majority team owner Steve Cohen tweeted that the team had fired Mr. Porter. What the heck happened?!?

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According to a recent SHRM survey, most companies will encourage employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine — but not require it. Many employers, like this one, may even incentivize employees to get the vaccine by offering them money or extra PTO days to get the needle.

But, if you’re thinking about doing something similar, slow your roll. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), you may end up unwittingly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Continue reading


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Yesterday, I put out some feelers — Title VII friendly ones — to gauge interest in hosting “The Employer Handbook Office Hours” on Zoom tomorrow. And I was overwhelmed by the reader emails, fresh-baked cookies, and cryptocurrency. So, we’re on for tomorrow at Noon EST.  Continue reading


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So, did you vote in Jon Hyman’s Worst Employers of 2020 poll?

I would have voted for the company accused of having plant managers that organized a cash buy-in, winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager how many employees would test positive for COVID-19. Continue reading

Approximately 6 hours and 37 minutes after my blog post yesterday about “Preparing for Exceptions To Your Business’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program” went live, I received an email from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

It read something like this: Continue reading


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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when such accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

In the history of ADA, I don’t know of any court that has concluded that an employer must accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana. That’s because, federally, marijuana is still an illegal drug. (It’s on the Schedule One list). But, what about accommodating someone who uses medically-prescribed synthetic marijuana to treat the symptoms of an underlying disability? Continue reading

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