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How Wearable Technology Could Affect the Workplace (Podcast)

Google Glass may have failed, but some tech experts predict wearable devices in the workplace will be the next "big thing." Atlanta employment attorney Tracy Moon Jr. of Fisher & Phillips takes an in-depth look at this trending issue on our new podcast.

Don't Give Your Employees The Mark Of The Beast

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should accommodate them if possible. An employer in West Virginia ignored this advice and recently found itself on the wrong side of a $150,000 jury verdict. As with all employment-law matters, the case gets even more interesting when you learn more details, so if you want to be sure you know how to avoid this particular stumbling block, read on.

Come To Work And…Get Some Sleep?

Once upon a time, falling asleep at work was one of the best ways to get fired. Now, however, snoozing employees may not just have to be tolerated, they may need to be paid as well! How did we get to such an absurd point?

Should You Have Job Descriptions? (Hint: Yes)

No state or federal law “requires” job descriptions. But job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and legal reasons. Here are some of the most important.

Mental Health in the Workplace: Can We Move Beyond the Stigma?

In the great order of things in the American workplace, many a stigma has fallen. Mental illness, though, has notably lagged — retaining its air of misunderstanding. “It is seen as a weakness, and people are afraid to admit weakness, especially in the workplace, and probably with good reason” says Wharton management professor Adam Cobb.

Five Key Social Media Questions All Health Care Employers Should Consider: Question #3: How Do I Protect Patient Privacy On Social Media?

You all know that sharing patient information on social media can result in legal liability, whether you are talking about HIPAA, state privacy laws, or state medical record laws. But do your employees really understand the importance of protecting patient.

Probability, manipulation, and random drug testing

Is that “random” drug test selection really random?

Airline Industry Alert: OT Class Action Against Southwest Airlines Fails to Take Off

Executive Summary: Airlines achieved a major victory on May 19, 2015, with an order from the Central District of California granting Southwest Airlines Co.'s motion to dismiss in McKinley v. Southwest Airlines Co., United States District Court, Central District of California Case No. 2:15-cv-02939-AB-JPR, finding the plaintiff's overtime claims to be preempted by the Railway Labor Act (RLA). Significantly, McKinley makes clear that when an employee's claims focus on or require extensive analysis of the terms of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the appropriate course for a court is to divest itself of jurisdiction in order to avoid creating inconsistent interpretations regarding the terms of the CBA.

Has Human Resources Lost Its Edge in a Tech-driven World?

Some decades ago, HR was widely considered one of the best fields for ambitious people to pursue their careers at such high-profile companies as IBM, Pepsi, GE and AT&T. During a recent Wharton Global Human Resources Executive Summit, Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli noted that surveys taken during the 1950s showed that HR was viewed as “the most glamorous sector.” In many of the prestigious firms where people stayed for life, he said, HR people “decided everything,” including “where you were promoted. They were really important.”

Business Travel to Australia with a Criminal Background

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia. In 1940, the two countries established diplomatic relations following the United Kingdom's recognition of Australia's domestic and external autonomy within the British Empire. The United States and Australia continue to maintain a robust partnership.
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