Friday, July 24, 2009

WIRTW #88


A few weeks ago I cautioned about the dangers that lurk in positive recommendations on LinkedIn. Two of my blogging brethren disagree. Read the opposing viewpoints of Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog and Molly DiBianca at the Delaware Employment Law Blog.

I’ve often preached on the importance of treating employees fairly. Becky Regan at Compensation Cafe agrees.

I’ve previously reported that employers might be at risk for unpaid wages for non-exempt employees who check work-related email off-the-clock (Overtime pay for reading emails and Can't get away from the office). It seems that plaintiffs’ lawyers are starting to take notice of this issue. According to Kim Licata at Fair Labor Standards Act Law, “T-Mobile USA has been sued in the Eastern District of New York by its retail sales associates and supervisors who allege that they were not compensated for "off-the-clock" activities linked to Blackberrys and other hand-held device.”

The recent changes to the proposed Employee Free Choice Act continue to garner a lot of attention. For more thoughts on this issue I suggest Michael Fox’s Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer and the EFCA Report.

Jennifer Hays at the Warren & Hays Blog offers some practical information on what to do and what not to do during a union organizing campaign.

James Gelfand at the Chamber Post breaks down the impact the pending health care legislation will have on employers.

World of Work shares 7 ways employers can save on litigation costs.

This week has a couple of good posts on employees’ use of vacation time: Philip Miles’s Lawffice Space shares his thoughts on mandatory vacation days, while Kari Henley at Today’s Workplace thinks we all work too hard and praises the introduction of the Paid Vacation Act of 2009, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to require that employers provide all employees with 1 week of paid leave per year.

Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, has some suggestions on what to do when an employee has a positive drug test.

Workplace Privacy Counsel suggests that laws against online harassment may aid employers battling disgruntled ex-employees.

Wage and Hour Counsel shows how reliance on a Department of Labor opinion letter can save your bacon in a wage and hour lawsuit.

Strategic HR Lawyer has some advice for employees on what not to post on Twitter.

Finally, Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog uses a personal anecdote to illustrate the importance of communicating with the complainant in a workplace investigation.


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