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January 04, 2018

Marvin Kaplan is chairman of National Labor Relations Board. President Trump appointed Mr. Kaplan to become chairman, replacing Philip Miscimarra, who left the Board when his term expired earlier in December. The Board still has a 2-2 tie of Democrats (Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran) and Republicans (Chairman Kaplan and William...

December 21, 2017

So much of the news lately has focused on sexual harassment, that it’s easy for one to forget that other types of harassment also exist.For example, racial harassment.Since we are but a week away from Christmas, I thought it appropriate to use a holiday-time example to illustrate.The plaintiff in Bradley v. Arwood (6th Cir. 8/29/17)...

December 20, 2017

So it begins—the annual holiday marathon. But which holidays come to mind? Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus? The answer may differ depending on a host of factors, such as an individual’s family traditions, cultural upbringing, or religious beliefs. As we prepare holiday to-do and shopping lists, employers may want to keep in...

December 19, 2017

Last week, the NLRB started making good on its promise to roll back some of its more controversial Obama-era reforms—its assault on employee handbooks and its liberalization of joint employment.Employee HandbooksIf you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you are well aware of the NLRB’s assault over the past few years...

December 18, 2017

This bustin' on HR is gettin' me down, You got to quit kickin' HR around. Human Resources professionals seem to be everybody's favorite scapegoat. The profession is under attack yet again -- this time for apparently failing to stop the Harvey Weinsteins, Mario Batalis, and Russell Simmonses of the world. Here are some readers' comments posted...

December 13, 2017

Here’s a puzzle for you.  How would you handle it? Mary Beth is a nurse for a local hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer and asthma.  Over the course of about one year: 1. She is certified for FMLA leave for her cancer and asthma; 2. She incurs a total of 13 intermittent absences in a 12-month period; 3. A handful of these...