Friday, July 31, 2009


This week’s highlighted post is courtesy of Dennis Westlind at World of Work. Dennis brings us a link to an online game, Card Checked: The Game. Card Checked takes you to a post-EFCA world in which union organizers try to intimidate you into signing an authorization card. Threats are made, windows are smashed, laws are broken, and in the end … well, play the game and find out whether your tattoo parlor ends up unionized.

Workplace Horizons reports that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis intends to enforce “wage and hour laws more aggressively to ‘send a message’ to employers that they must comply with federal minimum wage, overtime, and other requirements.” Yet another reason to conduct that internal audit.

The Word on Employment Law with John Phillips shares his thoughts on reverse age discrimination.

Arkansas Employment Law compiles some links from around the web discussing how to handle workplace harassment.

Sindy Warren at the Warren & Hays Blog digests a recent 4th Circuit decision that discusses the different of remedial measures versus effective remedial measures in a sexual harassment case.

Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog offers some information on what employers should be doing about texting while driving.

Jonathan Turley's res ipsa loquitur blog, courtesy of Rush Nigut’s Rush on Business, details the story of an employee terminated because of his wife’s work as an adult film star.

Michael Haberman’s HR Observations talks about the treatment of employee bonuses for overtime purposes.

Mindy Chapman’s Case in Point discusses under what circumstances an employer has to accommodate the needs of a diabetic employee.

Jason Shinn’s Defending the Digital Workplace discusses a case in which a group of terminated employees were awarded punitive damages based on their employer’s surreptitious access of their MySpace pages.

The Washington Employment Law Blawg presents the top 10 most common employee handbook mistakes. When reviewing your handbook, add this list to my earlier list of 8 common employee handbook mistakes, and how to avoid them.

The EBG Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog asks a very good question – where is the line between competing and preparing to compete? If an employee is merely engaged in the latter, he or she likely is not violating a noncompete agreement.

Finally, I Hate People...But It’s Nothing Personal, on the art of saying “No.”

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