Employment Law Consultant (03-19-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a 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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★ U.S. Department of Labor proposes changes in overtime rule,
HR Executive provides information on “Who Will Benefit From the Overtime Pay Proposal?”Don’t forget, California sets a higher standard. Comments?

★ Ready to get interviewed by a robot? From the BBC (Technology), “Meet Tengai, the job interview robot who won’t judge you” Comments?
Robo Interview?

★ Interested in learning about the “varsity blues” scandal? Read the Criminal Complaint. Comments?
“Varsity Blues”

★ No time for a break while at work? Think again. From BBC(Capital), “The tiny breaks that ease your body and reboot your brain.” Comments?
Quick Break

★ A long but important read from the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery” Comments?
Hard History

★ Workplace violence. Some a few suggestion on prevention from LexBlog, “Office” Violence Is No Laughing Matter” Comments?
Workplace Violence

★ Paying attention to the new overtime regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor? From SHRM, a very important reminder, “Employers Can’t Ignore State Overtime Exemption Rules.” Comments?
More on Overtime

★ What have you heard and what do you know about nitrates in your food? The BBC (Nutrition) provides some helpful information in its article, “The truth about nitrates in your food”. Comments?

★ Are you a frequent flyer? From Buzzfeed, “The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show” Comments?
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★ Struggling with diabetes? This article, and the “linked” reports may interest you,. From Forks Over Knives, “For Type 2 Diabetes, New Report Finds Plant-Based Diets More Effective Than Diabetes Organization Recommendations”
Diabetes Sturggle

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