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Expert discusses when NOT to call your employment lawyer

July 30th, 2010

Let’s face it, calling in legal counsel costs money that HR would rather not spend, particularly in these belt-tightening times. But is the risk too great not to call for legal help?  Jim Thelen helped attendees at the SHRM annual conference with the thought process in deciding when HR doesn’t need to call their employment [Read more...]


Schwarzenegger vetoes agricultural worker overtime bill

July 30th, 2010

Legislation that would have mandated paying California’s agricultural workers overtime for work over eight hours in a workday and over 40 hours in a workweek was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. California’s overtime law generally requires employers to compensate employees for overtime hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a workday or 40 hours [Read more...]


Study highlights importance of employee civility as customers are less tolerant of employee rudeness than incompetence

July 29th, 2010

Rude behavior among employees can negatively affect consumer perceptions–even when the incivility isn’t directed at the customer, reveals new research from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Across a range of industries, including restaurants, banks, government offices, retail stores and universities, consumers frequently report seeing employees behaving badly toward other employees, including [Read more...]


Fremont, Nebraska suspends implementation of immigration ordinance

July 29th, 2010

The Fremont, Nebraska, City Council voted to suspend implementation and enforcement of its immigration ordinance that bans harboring, hiring, or renting homes to illegal immigrants until 14 days after the US District Court for the District of Nebraska rules on motions for preliminary injunction filed by the ACLU and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational [Read more...]


Slip-ups in mediation cases can cost employers dearly, attorneys warn

July 28th, 2010

Given the time, money, and headaches associated with going to trial to resolve contentious matters such as accusations of racial discrimination or sexual harassment, employers have increasingly turned to mediation over the past decade as an attractive form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In doing so, however, they sometimes hamstring the process by making strategic [Read more...]