From wonky to wonkier, why your arbitration agreement may not be worth the paper on which it is printed?

Image Credit: Pixabay.com (https://pixabay.com/en/printer-fire-flames-broken-38027/) Yesterday, I successfully alienated every reader that doesn’t work in the restaurant industry or otherwise nerd out on Fair Labor Standards Act minutiae. Today, I double down with idiosyncratic arbitration agreements, specifically those possibly used by New Jersey employers. I promise to get back to something more universal tomorrow. Perhaps, Nova Scotian…

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Fair Labor Standards Act Obituaries: The 80/20 Rule

Image Credit: Photofunia.com (http://photofunia.com/results/5beb885c846d785f4e8b456d) The 80/20 rule passed away peacefully on November 8, 2018, when the U.S. Department of Labor issued this Opinion Letter. Rachel Taylor, writing for FoodNewsFeed.com has a nice summary of the 80/20 rule: Since it began on March 2, 2009, the confusing “80/20” rule has been causing headaches and lawsuits for…

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A reporter sought an interview with a Senate candidate, but said a little bit more — TMI — after she thought she had hung up the phone.

Image Credit: FreeStockPhotos.biz (http://res.freestockphotos.biz/originals/14/14328-illustration-of-a-telephone-or.png) Spoiler alert: She got fired. Many of us have been there. Someone walks into your office, calls you on the phone, emails or texts you, or whatever it is the Millenials do these days. That encounter rubs you the wrong way. And you respond instinctively, words form on your lips, expletives pour…

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What if the general release in your severance agreement isn’t as “general” as you think it is? What then?

Image Credit: Pixabay.com (https://pixabay.com/en/checkbook-coupon-fill-check-688352/) On Tuesday, I wrote about severance agreements. Specifically, I suggested that employers benefit from: (1) drafting easy-to-understand agreements; and (2) giving former employees a reasonable amount of time to read the agreement and decide whether to sign. Generally, if you check those boxes, you’ve got yourself an enforceable agreement in which…

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It’s unanimous! Supreme Court rules that any public-sector employee 40 years or older may file an age-bias claim

Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia CommonsLest you think that eight Supreme Court Justices — Justice Kavanaugh did not participate — can never see eye-to-eye on how to resolve an employment law issue.  Yesterday, the Court unanimously concluded in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido (here) that while the Age Discrimination in Employment Act…

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At least two employees didn’t read my ‘blackface’ post, and you’ll never believe what some Idaho teachers wore for Halloween

Image Credit:: Pixabay.com (https://pixabay.com/en/halloween-halloweenkuerbis-faces-2770084/) I know that wearing blackface on Halloween is a bad idea. You know it too. And, now, so does Megyn Kelly. But not everyone got the memo. From blackface to pink slip. Like a nurse in Kansas City, reports Lisa Gutierrez at the Kansas City Star (here). The employee posted a…

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