Employment Law Consultant (10-08-19 )

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


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RETALIATION I: An unfortunate consequence from acts of courage. From NPR, “What’s Happened To Women And Men Who Made Accusations Of Sexual Harassment” Comments?

RETALIATION II: Part II: Acts of Courage :From the Cut, “The Toll of Me Too Assessing the costs for those who came forward.” Comments?

CANNABIS:  A you involved as either an employee or employer with the cannabis industry? If so, a little a little “wage and hours” heads up from Fisher Phillips, “Cannabis Employers Can’t Escape Wage Claims, Says Court” Comments?

NATIONAL DEBT: Remember the National Debt? It is important that we do. From Marketplace, “Breaking down the national debt and budget deficit” Comment?

FREELANCER?: Freelancer, independent contractor, or employee? This question will only become harder if the trend,  described by Fast Company (Compass,  continues,, “35% of the U.S. workforce is now freelancing—10 million more than 5 years ago” Comments

DANGEROUS BIAS: The dangerous “outcome bias.” Learn more, from BBC (Worklife), “The bias that can cause catastrophe” Comments?

INCLUSION DESIGN: Looking for ideas on how to make your workplace more inclusive? Here are eight of them from the ABA Journal, “8 ways to enhance workplace inclusivity through physical space and design” Comments

REVERSE MENTORING: What is “reverse mentoring”? It may be an effective tool for retaining talented employees. From the Harvard Business Review, “Why Reverse Mentoring Works and How to Do It Right” Comments?

#METOO & HR: A  perspective on what happens after you file a sexual harassment complaint with HR, from Vox, “Why HR is powerless to effectively handle sexual harassment claims” Comments?

SCIENCE?:  Is meat making a comeback the dietary guidelines? From the Plantrician Project, “Response from The Plantrician Project to the Annals of Internal Medicine Reviews on Dietary Meat Guidelines”Comments?

CORPORATIONS:  Long Read: A view of the role of the future role of corporations and workers in our society. A paper byretiring Chief Justice of Delaware’s Supreme Court, Leo Stine, Jr. linked and summarized by Reuters, “As Strine prepares to leave bench, a call for institutional investors to push for change” Comments ?

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