December 2017 Newsletter

Have your heard about Juli Briskman, the biker that flipped the finger to Trump’s passing motorcade? Apparently, her employer, Akima, was less than amused when she used the above as her profile pic on her personal Facebook and Twitter accounts, and fired her for violating this social media policy: Covered Social Media Activity that contains discriminatory, obscene malicious or threatening content, is knowingly false, create [sic] a hostile work...
Your reviews of your employer may not be as anonymous as you think. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed an order directing Glassdoor, Inc., to disclose information about eight individuals who posted employer reviews on the site. Here's how that happened. A federal grand jury is investigating an unnamed federal contractor that allegedly committed fraud against the Veterans Administration. The...
As frequent contributor, Bill Pokorny reported back on August 31, a Texas District Court struck down the Obama Administration’s FLSA Overtime Exemption Rule, holding that the Department of Labor (DOL)  exceeded its authority by increasing the minimum salary for the Executive, Administrative, and Professional Exemptions to $913 per week. In a (somewhat) surprise move, on October 30, the DOL notified the District Court that it...
An Apple employee lost his job this week after his daughter, Brooke Amelia Peterson, posted a YouTube video of her dad’s brand new, unreleased iPhone X. ReCode has the details: Peterson posted a five-minute video of a September day in Silicon Valley, which mostly included shopping for makeup and clothing. Harmless, and not unlike other YouTube videos posted by teenagers.  But then, in the video, she visits her father on Apple...
Jason Shann worked as the Enterprise Desktop Management Team Leader in the IT department of Atlantic Health System. He also suffered from tinnitus, a crackling and buzzing noises in his left ear caused by an Eustachian tube dysfunction. His tinnitus would flare up unpredictably, and, as it worsened, it caused him to suffer anxiety and depression. As a result, he applied for, and was granted, a 21-day FMLA leave, and intermittent leave thereafter...
According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published this week, 48 percent of working women believed they had been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. My reaction was, “Only 48 percent?” I would have guessed 100 percent. The definition of sexual harassment is deliberately vague, and it encompasses a vast range of behavior, from an off-color joke or blockheaded “compliment” all the way to felonious conduct punishable by many...