NLRB Asks When Labor Law Protection Stops

In late breaking news yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board has asked for public input on the question of if or when an offensive and/or profane outbursts by an employee become so egregious that the employee loses the protection of the National Labor Relations Act. By a familiar vote of 3-1, the Board invited amicus…

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New Jersey Paid Leave Starts Monday

New Jersey’s new paid sick leave law becomes effective on Monday, October 29 and in preparation for its implementation, the state labor department last week released final regulations as well as the official notice poster that employers are required to display. Beginning Monday, all employers in New Jersey, regardless of their size, must provide up…

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How Equal Access Laws Affect Franchise Owners

“Equal access” has meant various things, for various classes of people, throughout the history of the United States. For some, it has meant being able to eat at the same restaurants or drink from the same water fountains. For others, it has meant having the right to vote. And, notwithstanding great strides in this country…

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Irony of Ironies as NLRB is Found Guilty

Yes, you read that correctly, the National Labor Relations Board was found guilty of unfair labor practices last week in a case brought by its own union.  An administrative law judge with the government’s Labor Relations Authority ruled the regulatory agency (charged with objectively arbitrating worker’s rights in private employment) violated their employees’ rights by…

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“One Toke Over The Line”

As medical and recreational use of marijuana gains more acceptance in states across the country, employers must be diligent in exercising care to comply with employment laws.  Bennett Law Firm advised us this week of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of the state of Colorado that found in favor of the employer.  In…

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Retail Worker Bill of Rights Takes Effect

An issue about which we advised you about a number of weeks back has come full circle out on the West Coast as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights has been allowed to take effect in the City by the Bay without the Mayor’s signature.  San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee took no action on the…

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New Year Brings New Forms in Illinois

Along with the New Year, next week will also bring the requirement for posting new forms and employment posters in a host of states around the country.  The state of Illinois is just one state where employers need to switch their employment posters with new mandated by the state’s Department of Labor.  All franchise owners…

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Domestic Violence Reaches Small Business

In the wake of Ray Rice and the infamous elevator video, followed closely by Adrian Peterson using a “switch” on his 4-year old son among other news reports, it is not surprising that domestic violence is getting much attention now.  The Massachusetts legislature, however acted more than a month ago to provide domestic violence victims…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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Unions Taking Over Federal Government

Notwithstanding the fact that union membership in private sector places of employment is at its lowest level since the organized labor movement took hold last century, the present administration in Washington is doing all within their power to expand and embolden labor unions across the country.  Many of you may have read where the National…

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