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Smack Talk or Protected A…

Smack Talk or Protected Activity? Social Media Policies in the 21st Century Workplace

If an associate attorney in our law firm tweets a message critical of our bonus practices, we can discipline her, right? Not necessarily. As social media continues to morph and multiply, so do the legal complexities for employers seeking to monitor a…
“Blow the Whistle, Ref!…

“Blow the Whistle, Ref!” Limited Safeguards Under the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act

Last Thursday, my twin sons and their teammates finished their freshmen football season at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School with a big win against a local competitor.  Overhearing some disgruntled parents from the other team, I was remin…
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…
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…
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…
Put It In Writing: Docume…

Put It In Writing: Documenting Employee Discipline

In an increasingly competitive business environment, finding time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s can be a challenge.  When handling workforce disciplinary matters, this often means failure to document a particular infraction or warning.  At t…