Can an company require new employees not to bash it on Glassdoor? Is that legal?

Glassdoor [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsLet’s find out. Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel released this Advice Memorandum. It involves a Missouri law firm that required all newly-hired support staff and attorneys to sign an employment agreement containing the following non-disparagement provision: “[D]uring and after Employee’s employment or association with…

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New legislation in NJ would make it much harder to use independent contractors

Image by Sandra Ferentschik from Pixabay Yesterday, one of my favorite readers of the blog forwarded me a link to this article, “Sweeney-backed bill may eliminate independent contractors in N.J.” That got my attention. Last week, State Senator Stephen Sweeney introduced this piece of legislation which wouldn’t quite eliminate independent contractors in N.J. However, if…

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How to fire a poor performer who complains about discrimination and still avoid a retaliation claim

Image by Christos Giakkas from Pixabay You have an underperforming supervisor in your workplace. Several employees have complained about her work performance and leadership. So, the plan is to fire her. Except, three weeks before you terminate this supervisor’s employment, she complains about discrimination. Can you go through with the termination? Or is the timing…

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The Tyranny of Accent Walls In Corporate America…

True story for a Monday morning. My wife said the following over the weekend: "I'm painting an accent wall in the bedroom." My response:"Are you ###ing kidding me?" She was kind of taken aback by the velocity of my response. Now, for the record, my wife has much better taste of all things design than…

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