Monthly Archives: January 2011

THOMPSON V. NORTH AMERICAN STAINLESS: THE SUPREME COURT SPREADS THE LOVE

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 24, 2011, the United States Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless, L.P. If you were one of the many employers, human resource managers, or employment lawyers on pins and needles awaiting this ruling, please don’t shoot the messenger.

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THE PERILS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING: EMPLOYERS BEWARE

Facebook and other social networking websites can be a great tool to attract customers and prospective employees.  However, the websites can also be a headache for employers.  As use of social networking websites continues to increase, their use will be front and center in many employment law cases.  And not only are employees suffering adverse consequences because of things they post on these sites – as readers of this blog know from this post a few months ago – employers can even get into the act and using these sites improperly themselves.

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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

Inclement Weather: What’s Your Policy?

At the risk of stating the obvious, our mountainous region is one where the winters are marked by snow accumulation and ice.  And, while fresh snowfall can be a beautiful thing, snowy and icy driving conditions are usually a bit less charming, especially for an employer whose employees aren’t able to get to work.

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SHHHHHH! OSHA DOESN’T LIKE THE NOISE

While a new year is often a time for resolutions to do something different, one thing in 2011 that is sure to remain the same from 2010 is an increased focus on regulation and enforcement by the agencies which our government has charged with enforcing labor, wage, occupational safety, and other related laws.

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PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS WITH THE EFCA TRAIN STALLED

With the Employee Free Choice Act (ECFA) clearly stalled and not going anywhere in Congress anytime soon, the democratic-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is unsurprisingly turning to other avenues in an effort to boost union membership. In doing so, it recently handed a lot of employers a lump of coal in their stockings just in time for Christmas.

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