Monthly Archive: August 2016

Aug 30

Creating a Valuable Training “Program”

We all know the scene but choose to ignore it – a senior employee or manager is taking an online training course and is talking on the phone, writing emails and basically ignoring the training session. Why? Because it has no importance to the employee’s job. It is irrelevant but something he or she has …

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Aug 30

NLRB Continues to Make Non-Union Employers Nervous

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board issued two more significant decisions reminding employers – unionized and non-unionized alike – that they may indirectly be subject to the National Labor Relations Act in ways previously unrealized. They did so by making it more difficult for employers using contracted staff or buying the assets of unionized …

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Aug 30

Shoddy harassment investigation comes back to bite employer

Employers, has this ever happened to you? An employee has accused her boss of sexual harassment. Right now, it’s her word against his, but you might be able to find out the truth if you interview her co-workers. The only trouble with that is, you don’t want to do anything to undermine the supervisor before …

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Aug 30

Scottsdale Car Dealership Bragged of ‘Out of Step’ Values in Reneging on Job Offer, EEOC Alleges

A north Scottsdale car dealership official bragged about its “out-of-step” cultural values after rescinding a job offer because the applicant was using a legally prescribed drug, according to a federal complaint filed last week. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges that Bell Lexus of north Scottsdale had offered a job to Fountain Hills resident Sara Thorholm …

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Aug 30

Feds, temp agency settle bias lawsuit

A temporary staffing agency has agreed to pay $435,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit alleging it favored Hispanic workers over African-Americans at a FedEx SmartPost facility in Southaven. Orlando-based Resource Employment Solutions LLC denied allegations of wrongdoing made in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2014. A consent decree outlining …

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Aug 30

Seventh Circuit Invites Supreme Court to Make Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable Under Title VII

Bound by its own precedent, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals again held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not redress sexual orientation discrimination in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, (7th Cir. July 28, 2016). The opinion could have ended there, and perhaps it would have, if penned by …

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Aug 30

Seventh and Ninth Circuits Find That Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Violate National Labor Relations Act, Creating Circuit Split

On August 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit followed the Seventh Circuit’s lead to hold that an arbitration agreement with employees that included a waiver of the right to bring claims through a collective, representative, or class action violated employees’ right to engage in collective activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and was therefore …

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Aug 30

Millennials Continue To Buck Trends By Building Careers On Social Media

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram have become such staples of our everyday lives that we often forget how powerful they are. But for the thousands of millennials across the nation, the reach of social media is not lost, because many of them are using these networks to earn their living. Characterizing …

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Aug 30

Ex-Workers File Putative Class Action Claiming Celebrity Wahlburgers Stole Wages 

  NEW YORK – Five former workers filed a class action lawsuit last week against Wahlburgers restaurants and three of its franchisee entities and their officers, claiming widespread wage theft. The privately-held franchisor is owned and operated by actors and producers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother, celebrity chef Paul Wahlberg. The Boston-based franchised …

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Aug 30

4 Simple Ways To Engage Your Millennial Employees

Unless you’re allergic to business buzzwords, you are probably aware of the employee engagement dilemma facing companies worldwide. Likewise, many organizations are adjusting to the needs and desires of the next generation of employees known as millennials. Just in case, here are some eye-opening facts and statistics: – Engaged employees are 87% less likely to quit …

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