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Personal phones causing a problem at work? Damage control is possible
(May 19, 2017)
Smartphones. Certainly, they can be tremendous tools, but they also can be major distractions in the workplace.  Read on

Comey debacle a lesson
in how not to accomplish firing

(May 16, 2017)
Wow, talk about a week full of “breaking news” with President Donald Trump (a la his role in The Apprentice) telling FBI Director James Comey, “You’re fired.” While the circumstances are unique, the lessons are universal.  Read on

New Tennessee law allows employers
to pay employees once a month

(May 16, 2017)
On May 11, Governor Bill Haslam signed a new law that gives private employers in Tennessee more flexibility in paying wages and other compensation. The law took effect immediately. Read on

7 things I learned while practicing
labor and employment law

(May 12, 2017)
I have had the privilege of practicing labor and employment law in Alaska for 31 years. Over that time, the law has become more complex, and more laws than ever before now apply to the employment relationship. Here are some nonlegal principles I have learned that might help you avoid legal disputes in the first place.  Read on

3 emerging trends for employers to watch
(May 10, 2017)
The following article provides an overview of how the law might change in the near future based on three issues that employers across the country have been grappling with.  Read on

Judge strikes down Alabama workers' comp law
(May 9, 2017)
In a potentially monumental decision, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Pat Ballard struck down the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act as unconstitutional on May 8. Read on

ACA 'repeal' bill eases employer requirements,
faces uphill battle in the Senate

(May 8, 2017)
Now that the House has passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare—the ball is in the Senate’s court. And while Senate Republicans say they won’t adopt the House’s version wholesale, most of the provisions easing requirements on employers are likely to appear in the Senate’s bill as well.   Read on

'Religious liberty' order leaves
LGBT nondiscrimination provision intact

(May 5, 2017)
On May 4, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that, unlike a draft version, leaves intact Obama-era LGBT nondiscrimination requirements for federal contractors.  Read on

Need to root out FMLA abuse? Requesting recertification a valuable tool
(May 5, 2017)
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) often enables employees dealing with serious health conditions to hold down a job while also attending to their medical issues. Used properly, it can be a win-win for both the employee and the employer. But many employers can tell war stories about challenges in administrating FMLA leave. Read on

Modified Obamacare replacement bill narrowly passes House
(May 4, 2017)
In a squeaker of a vote, a modified version of the American Health Care Act passed the House 217-213 on May 4. The vote was cleanly split along party lines, with no Democrats supporting the legislation and 20 Republicans voting against it. Read on

House passes comp time bill; White House voices support
(May 4, 2017)
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow private employers to offer workers compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay. Read on

10 steps to take before responding to a charge of discrimination
(May 3, 2017)
After the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives a discrimination complaint from an employee, it begins gathering information about the allegations of discriminatory treatment. That process includes asking the employer to provide relevant documents.  Read on

No spin here: O'Reilly case shows 'high performer'
not work harassment factor

(April 28, 2017)
When Fox News paid some of the $13 million needed to settle sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly, it seemingly failed to fully address the problem. The company didn’t thoroughly investigate or take appropriate remedial action until there was public pressure to do so, according to news reports.  Read on

Senate confirms Acosta as secretary of labor
(April 28, 2017)
On April 27, the Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor by a vote of 60-38.  Eight Democrats joined the Republican majority in voting for President Donald Trump’s nominee, completing Trump’s Cabinet just shy of his 100th day in office. Read on

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