Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney whose focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health. Comments and suggestions from readers are encouraged. Published every Tuesday and Thursday.


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During the holiday season we should also remember the celebration of family, community and culture known as Kwanzaa which is celebrated on December26. To learn more, see the brief description provided on the official Kwanzaa web site.

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The risk to those who work to keep us informed increased in 2018. From the Committee to Protect Journalists, “More journalists killed on the job as reprisal murders nearly double”
Jounalists at Risk

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Are you interested in checking out the facts behind the news articles you read and see? From Poynter, “You Top Fact Checking Links of 2018” Comments?
Fact Checking

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More criminal justice reform on the way? See the report from The Marshall Project entitled, “Okay, What’s the Second Step?”
Next Step?

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There is more than one perspective on “the art of the deal” from BBC (Business), “The art of the deal: Negotiators’ secrets revealed” Comments?
Art of the Deal

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Employed in higher education? Read about Secretary De Vos’s
“rethinking” at Inside Higher Ed’s article, “DeVos Outlines ‘Rethinking’ of Higher Education” Comments?

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With the New Year approaching it is a good time to speculate about the future of work. From HRExecutive, “Looking Ahead to the Future of Work” Comments?
Future of Work

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Do you listen to “pod casts”? Every wonder why this media format is gaining inn popularity? From BBC (Business), “Intimacy plus’: Is that what makes podcasts so popular?”
Pod Casts

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A tax to support good health, from the BBC, “Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor” Comments?
Healthy Tax

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Healthy eating… from the Center for Nutrition Studies, “Research Confirms a Plant-Based Diet Can Help You Live Longer” Comments?
Live Longer?

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