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► To Zoom, or Not to Zoom? That is the Question

July 18, 2022

There is a hot debate raging in our business ethos. As the pandemic seemingly winds down (fingers crossed), many companies are flirting with the idea of returning to the office. This has proven controversial, and companies are tackling this in a variety of ways. The “work from home” ...

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► Is a Fired Employee Owed Commissions?

July 15, 2022

Although it involves Texas law, a recent case illustrates the pitfalls an employer can face when former employees make claims for commissions or compensation after their employment has ended. It also offers suggestions on how employers with commissioned salespeople can avoid the same traps. ...

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► Companies Report Rise in Labor and Employment Class Actions

July 14, 2022

Aggressive regulatory action and an increase in workplace safety claims, including many related to the COVID-19 pandemic, have fueled a rise in labor and employment (L&E) collective claims, including “follow-on” class actions, according to Carlton Fields’  2022 class ...

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► 9 Ways for Employers to Prepare for the Next Hurricane

July 13, 2022

Is it summer already? I wish that meant it’s only mango season in Florida. Unfortunately, it also signals the start of another hurricane season. Here are tips on how to prepare your business. Action Steps Communication.  Update the address, home telephone number, cell phone ...

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► SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Raises Complex Policy Problems for Employers

July 5, 2022

A number of high-profile companies are speaking out against the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision overruling  Roe v. Wade , and they are backing up their criticism by vowing to help employees wishing to travel for legal abortions. But employers taking such action may face tricky ...

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► Preventing Workplace Violence Through Situational Awareness

June 27, 2022

“What can we do?” – This is among the most common questions I get after a major incident of violence. It’s not uncommon for there to be a heightened interest for a while, then things go back to “normal.” However, things feel different this time. As I’m ...

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► Red Flag Flying: Tips for Detecting Employee Theft

June 22, 2022

Sadly, in the past 12 months, I have been hired to investigate or assist in investigating employee embezzlement more times than in the past 15 years combined. Embezzle-ment is the theft or misappropriation of funds or property placed in one’s trust, belonging to one’s employer. ...

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► Monitoring Employee Social Media

June 20, 2022

Social media is ubiquitous. With our use of social media at an all-time high, employers must take extra care to protect company information. In a world in which employees are live streaming their “everything” on social media, employers must determine whether to monitor employee social ...

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► FAQ: Pitfalls of a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

June 17, 2022

Question: We have an employee who is on a performance improvement plan, and is consistently sending out divisive and mean-spirited emails. This employee often accuses leadership of harassment so we want to make sure our policies could not be deemed as retaliation or harassment. One ...

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► Disability Accommodations in Post-Pandemic Work-from-Home

June 15, 2022

In years past, employees who requested remote working arrangements were often met with strong resistance from managers, who viewed such requests as excuses to shirk responsibilities. Holding firm to a “face time” mentality, many members of management believed employees simply ...

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