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Employment Law Update

Supreme Court ruling extends workplace protections to LGBTQ workers

By Mike O’Brien bio SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND TRANSGENDER STATUS NOW ARE PROTECTED CLASSES NATIONALLY: Federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees, the United States Supreme Court announced June 15 in a landmark ruling. The historic decision will extend workplace anti-discrimination and anti-harassment protections to about 8 million LGBTQ workers nationwide. The ruling also vindicates a position long taken by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is a defeat, however, for the Trump administration, which opposed the EEOC. President Trump instructed the Department of Justice to argue that the provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation bias. This led to the odd circumstance where two parts of the same government argued for opposite… . . . read more

BLOG

Immigration alert, social media, salary threshold, minimum wage, trafficking and more

By Mike O’Brien  bio
The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced its plan to mail a second set of…


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BLOG

Salary threshold increases getting review

By Mike O’Brien  bio
On Aug. 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor sent its proposed salary threshold rule change to…


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HIRING & FIRING

Hiring and firing risk factor: careless words

When jobs are in short supply, “people are desperate to find work and desperate to keep the work they have.” They’re willing to…


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HIRING AND FIRING

Always ask these 7 questions before you fire a staffer

They are the seven-question solution. They have become the standard for determining whether a firing is justified…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

5 steps to building a law office staff that cares

What’s the climate like in your organization? Is it productive? Is it inclusive or exclusive? Do your employees enjoy coming to…


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MANAGING STAFF

How to deliver bad news to 3 kinds of underperforming employees

The talk of management isn’t easy. Here are three especially difficult conversations to be prepared for…


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TERMINATION

7 steps to safely terminating an employee

Properly terminating an employee to minimize the chances of repercussions starts with gathering all the facts and considering all the factors, says…


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TERMINATION BEST PRACTICES

Can your employee handbook help you safely terminate an employee?

If you ever need to terminate an employee, one of the best tools you can have is an employee handbook that sets out clear policies and…


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INSIGHT

The death of a job and the 5 stages of grief

By Steve M. Cohen  bio
Unfortunately, as a manager you sometimes have to terminate someone. It’s also unfortunate that sometimes this doesn’t go well…


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