This time of year I am often asked about the things a departing employee should think about, or do, just before leaving their current employer. I’ve listed some of the key things that come to mind without having a specific… Read More ›
Are You Getting Bad Job References From Your Former Employer?
I get LOTS of questions about bad job references. Commonly I’m asked things like, “Can my former employer badmouth me?”, or “Aren’t employers limited to disclosing my dates of employment, salary and job title?” Employees want to stop former employers… Read More ›
Gov’t Agency: Employers Cannot Routinely Prevent Employees From Talking To Each Other During Internal Investigations
A government agency ruled on July 30, 2012 that employers cannot routinely forbid their employees from talking to each other during an investigation. This kind of prohibition, common in most workplaces, may interfere with employees’ rights to cooperate and coordinate… Read More ›
The Permanent Job Search
There was a time when looking for work meant crafting a sharp resume package, identifying target employers, and deciding what you would send (and say) to each. You were the master of what prospective employers knew, and when they knew… Read More ›
Harvard Business Journal Offers Tip On Combatting Age Discrimination: Dye Your Hair
A March 2012 article in the Harvard Business Review blog offers hair dye as a legitimate tool for combatting age discrimination. Huh? Is the war on age discrimination over? Did we lose? Or, is this just smart, practical advice in a world… Read More ›
Employer Retaliation Becomes A Family Affair
A restaurant just north of Atlanta, Georgia apparently thought it found the perfect way to stop complaints by a waitress who was being sexually harassed. It fired her. And not only did it fire her, it also fired her mom,… Read More ›
What If The Information From HR Is Wrong?
I recently questioned the Director Of Human Resources of a large corporation, as part of my effort to prepare a case for trial. The case involves both disability issues (under the Americans With Disabilities Act) and leave issues (under… Read More ›
Weighing In On Obesity: Is It A Workplace “Disability”?
Few conversations about disability discrimination draw sharper reactions than whether obesity is – or should be – a disability that triggers a right to workplace accommodation. Some see obesity as a purely self-induced condition. Others say that if obesity is… Read More ›
Almost Eligible For FMLA Leave? Put Your Request In Now
Have you been on the job for less than a year, but know you’re going to need FMLA leave as soon as you qualify for it (i.e., once you’ve been employed for a total of at least a year, and… Read More ›
Everything You Know About HIPAA Is Wrong. Here’s the 411.
HIPAA could possibly be the most misunderstood law in the history of the American workplace. I often hear the law misquoted, misused, even misnamed – HIPPI, HIPPO, HIPPUP…the list is endless (and hilarious). But the wrongful disclosure and discussion of… Read More ›