Employment Law Consultant (09-10-19)

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Good Tuesday morning.

CALIFORNIA GIGS:  California legislature wishes to open the “benefit door” to Gig workers, from NPR, “Gig Work With Benefits: California May Expand Employee Perks To Contract Workers” Comments?

NO!  Using the word “no” in the workplace. From, Forbes, ” How To Say ‘No’ In The Workplace (And Keep Your Boss Happy)” Comments?

I QUIT:  You’ve decided to quit your job. Now what? From U.S. News and World Report, “Things to Not Do When Quitting Your Job” Comments

LEAVES: New developments regarding workplace leaves and job accommodations. From Jackson|Lewis, “What’s New in 2019? A Look at the Ever-Changing Leave and Accommodation Law Landscape” Comments?

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?:  A you involved in the restaurant or hospitality industry? If so, you might be interested in learning about the Not on the Menu program for preventing sexual harassment/ Fro Lex Blog, “How To Prevent Sexual Harassment In Your Restaurants, Bars, and Stores” Comments?

AGEISM:  Human Resource professionals and company managers take note,  from HR Dive, “Efforts to appear ‘cool’ could be an ageism trap for employers” Comments?

BACKGROUND CHECK: Are you considering conducting a background check on a current employee? If so, this article from Lex Blog, might help you avoid doing so in manner which may result in liability to your organization, from Lex Blog, “Can Background Checks be Conducted on Current Employees?” Comments?

RECOGNIZE THIS?: How facial recognition systems determine gender, from the Pew Research Center, “The challenges of using machine learning to identify gender in images” Comments?

CLIMATE CHANGE: What are your thoughts about climate change? From the Pew Research Center, “How Americans see climate change in 5 charts” Comments?

ORGANIC?: Trying to decide whether to buy organic fruits and vegetables? Perhaps this article from the BBC may be of help, “Are there really toxins in non-organic food?” Comments?

NOT FEELING GOOD:  Not that there is a good time. What is your guesss on the worst time of the day to get sick? From BBC (Future), “Is there a worst time of the day to get sick?” Comments?

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