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IAML Insights

August 18, 2017

Poorly implemented FMLA policies and procedures are in the spotlight this week.  And just a few vague words and a slip up are costing two employers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their mistakes, however, are golden lessons for the rest of us. Confusion Over How Much Maternity Leave is Provided In Sad Employer Story No. 1, Bhavani sought...

August 16, 2017

There exists only one workplace environment in which a white employee can keep his job after yelling the following at a group of African-American employees. “Hey, did you bring enough KFC for everyone?” “Go back to Africa, you bunch of f***ing losers.”“Hey anybody smell that? I smell fried chicken and watermelon.”A gold star for you if you...

August 16, 2017

Is it prudent for employers to require employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements? There is no right or wrong answer to that question... just a long list of pros and cons.  Proponents of mandatory arbitration often focus on factors such as confidentiality, the ability to remove the risk of a “runaway jury,” and cost.  Conversely...

August 15, 2017

In the wake of Friday and Saturday’s horrific, evil events in Charlottesville, the twitter account YesYoureRacist posted many riot photos and identified many of the rioters. And, as a result, some have lost their jobs. Question: Does one participating in a Nazi rally enjoy any job protections from said participation? Answer:...

August 15, 2017

On the recent uproar involving a major, major employer and its recently-terminated employee: No. 1. Is it a good idea to provide an “open forum” to employees if there are certain topics that are off limits? No. If you want to provide a forum for employees to speak up, but only “within reason,” then it’s a good idea to establish and...

August 14, 2017

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, business owners, employers, and employees alike have been waiting to see what the effects on social policy will be. Of particular interest to employers, and especially federal contractors, is whether the Administration will bring about a more conservative approach to enforcement in the...
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