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Can you fire an employee for expressing their discriminatory views, or is that speech protected? This was the question the NLRB answered when addressing a recent wrongful termination complaint. Ex-Google employee James Damore, now infamous for that 10-page memo he wrote (claiming that biological differences were...

Now is the perfect time for a review of your I-9 compliance efforts for a number of reasons. For starters, the most recently revised form became mandatory in the fall. Plus, the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (also known as ICE) can investigate...

Good news: The feds just gave employers more incentive to offer internship programs. In a new Field Assistance Bulletin by its Wage-and-Hour Division, the DOL announced it’ll be dropping the more-comprehensive “six-factor test” for determining whether an intern qualifies as an employee entitled to at least...

Almost everyone knows how difficult the loss of a beloved pet can be. But is it upsetting enough to qualify for FMLA leave? One employee, who was having a particularly hard time coping with the loss of his dog, thought so. Joseph Buck worked as a...

Though several court rulings have sided with employers that denied extended leave as an ADA accommodation, the issue is far from settled. And a recent lawsuit shows that employers denying additional leave is still a risky proposition. Previous rulings all dealt with employees asking for multi-month...

When it comes to FLSA enforcement, the notion of a more employer-friendly DOL is quite foreign to HR pros. But with the agency’s latest move, it seems like that’s exactly what it’s going for. The DOL just announced a new pilot program called the Payroll Audit...

Comcast insists that is supporting a freer internet by calling for net neutrality, which is like saying that a wolf insists that it is supporting faster sheep by calling for ankle weights to be attached to the sheep. Still, people believe them. Well, they also believed...

The news is everywhere. Sound the trumpets, toll the bells, the President, Donald J. Trump, has brought an end to one of the longest nightmares seen in this country. Start from the beginning. In 2007 Sholom Rubashkin was raided at his meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa....

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