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When a Jury Beats a Judge

When a Jury Beats a Judge

I represent a lot of companies in disputes with customers, suppliers, and employees. Conventional wisdom says that a judge or “bench trial” is preferred for a corporate defendant rather than a trial by jury. Many contracts and employment…
Consistency is the Best P…

Consistency is the Best Policy

“But that’s not our policy.” How many times have you heard this or repeated this to someone else in the workplace? Clear, consistent policies help shape reasonable expectations among partners, managers and co-workers. But inconsistent policies…
Arbitration Provisions in…

Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements

Including arbitration provisions in employment agreements can help to reduce the risk of expensive and time consuming litigation by requiring a dispute to be resolved by a neutral arbitrator, rather than through the court system.  Generally speaking…
Paying “Volunteers” M…

Paying “Volunteers” Might Start a Fire

“Employee” or “Independent Contractor”?  Throughout my twenty year career, I have analyzed and argued this question on behalf of a host of clients in multiple industries.  Depending on how a worker is classified, the paying company may or m…
Updated Family and Medica…

Updated Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

Employers who fall within the definition of “qualifying employers” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) should be aware of recent updates which took effect this past March, and which require the use of updated FMLA forms from the U…
What’s Trending in Your…

What’s Trending in Your Workplace?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) publishes a biennial survey of human relations professionals and recently came out with its 2013 edition.  SHRM’s “Workplace Forecast” includes the ten overall key issues that  HR professionals…
“Get Shorty” Shorteni…

“Get Shorty” Shortening the Window for Employee Lawsuits

From an employer’s perspective, keeping up with the law can sometimes seem daunting.  But, even as federal and state legal and regulatory requirements grow, carefully drafted employment agreements can help to reduce the risk of costly litigation i…
Right-to-Work: What Does…

Right-to-Work: What Does it Mean?

As described by Monica Davey of The New York Times, Michigan “has long been a symbol of union might and an incubator for the American labor movement.”  Perhaps that is why the December 11th passage of “right-to-work” legislation is of partic…
How Much Time Do You Need…

How Much Time Do You Need Off? New Flexibility Required in Leave of Absence Policies

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has intensified its focus on employers’ leave of absence and attendance policies, especially in light of new rules expanding the interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This…