Employment Law Consultant (04-18-19)

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.

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Published every Tuesday and Thursday


Good Thursday morning.

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

FMLA in California A good reminder from Jackson|Lewis ( “What Am I Doing Wrong?) regarding the interplay between the federal FMLA and the FMLA provided by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. Comments?

Latinos & Discrimination An interesting report from NPR, “New Report Takes A Deeper Look At How Latinos Experience Discrimination In The U.S.” Comments?

Soft Skills  Are you following the increased discussion regarding the value of “soft skills” in today’s workplace? If so (or not) this article from Forbes should be of interest to you, “Why Soft Skills Shouldn’t Be Hard To Come By In The Workplace” Comments?

Border Facts  Interested in learning more about events at the U.S-Mexico border? From the Pew Research Center, “What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 6 charts”Comments?

Automation and Work  Automation and the workplace, from the Pew Research Center, “How Americans see automation and the workplace in 7 charts” Comments?

Office Scents  A story of scents in the workplace; a caution for California employers, from LexBlog, “Smell the Bouquet of Legal Issues” Comments?

Obesity & ADA Obesity and the ADA. A summary of current opinions. From Lex Blog, “Does Obesity Qualify as a Disability Under the ADA? – It Depends on Who You Ask (US)” Comments?

★   Remote Pay Are you a “remote worker”? Does your pay rate differ from that of your colleague who works “in-office”? From Work, “Remote and In-Office Workers Must Be Paid Equally” Comments?

Training Opportunity   A (free) training opportunity for human resources professionals, Webinar Series: Advancing Equal  Employment Opportunities and Creating Inclusive Workplaces” Comments?

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