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May 14, 2019

Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources

Last week, I presented “Managing Evolving Employment Issues with Limited Resources” at Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. in Little Ferry. The event was co-sponsored by The Association of Corporate Counsel Small Law Department Network, the world’s largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe, and Meritas® Law Firms Worldwide, the premier global alliance of independent law firms working collaboratively to provide businesses with qualified legal expertise. » Read More

Jun 07, 2018

Breakfast with Pat: Social Media & Technology Issues in the Workplace

Pat Collins led the second session of our 2018 Labor & Employment Breakfast Series this morning with a seminar on Social Media & Technology Issues in the Workplace.

Pat spoke to a crowd of fifty HR Professionals and attorneys on the role that social networking plays in pre-employment, current employment, and post-employment scenarios. » Read More

Dec 21, 2017

NLRB Changes Standard for Employer Handbook Rules

Earlier this week, we wrote how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gave an early Christmas present to employers by overturning the employee-friendly “joint employer” standard announced in 2015.  This, however, was not the only notable decision issued by the newly Republican-led Board in recent days. » Read More

Apr 07, 2017

How Policies Can Defeat a Breach of Contract Claim

Here is an interesting scenario for employers to consider.  A company discovers that an employee working in information technology has taken de-commissioned company computers for himself and even given some away.  After conducting an investigation, the company learns that some of the computers contain current and former employees’ personal information, such as addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers.  » Read More

Feb 05, 2016

That’s My Stapler: The Issues with Deducting Amounts from an Employee’s Paycheck

In the movie “Office Space,” the company has an employee, Milton, who has an unnatural obsession with the company’s red stapler.  In the movie (spoiler alert) Milton eventually burns the whole building down, but what if, instead of causing millions of dollars’ worth of damage and destruction, Milton just took the stapler home with him.  » Read More

Nov 04, 2015

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo

According to a recent article published in the Washington Post, “[m]ore employers are getting comfortable with the idea of employee ink.”  The article cites numerous large employers who have recently adopted less restrictive tattoo policies, including Jimmy John’s, Starbucks, PetSmart, and the United States Army.  » Read More

Sep 22, 2015

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights …

In case you’ve missed the countless commercials, the Muppet Show returned to television last night. And Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have broken up.

What in the world does this have to do with employment law, you ask? Well, former lovers who work together are a formula for fun on television but are a source of potential disaster for employers. » Read More

Aug 05, 2015

Even if Criminal Charges Are Dropped, an Employer Can Still Discipline an Employee

Employers often ask what they can do about an employee who was in an off-duty incident but no criminal charges were brought and/or any criminal charges were subsequently dropped. The NFL’s Buffalo Bills decided this week to suspend Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer without pay for six games this season as a result of an off-field incident earlier this summer. » Read More

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