Employment Law Consultant (02-13-2020)

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  (02-14-2020) from National Public Radio “The Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day” https://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day

WORK STRESS: Getting avoiding and coping with the impact of work place stress. Some suggestions from Entrepreneur, “Here’s How to Deal with Stress at the Workplace” Comments?

BIODATA: An emerging privacy concern…biodata. For an general discussion of this topic seethe Fast Company (Compass) article, “Who owns your DNA? You should, according to this biodata bill of rights” Comments?

CORONAVIRUS (PART 1):  In response to employee concerns regarding coronavirus an employer may ask the questions raised by Jeff Now of Littler in his article, “When Are Employees Entitled To FMLA Leave Related To Coronavirus? And Can an Employee with No Symptoms Be Forced Off Work?” Comments?

FINLAND LEAVE:Some “food for thought” from Finland. News from NPR, “Finland’s Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent” Comments?

ACCESSIBLE WEB: Is your company’s website accessible to people with disabilities? compliant? A comprehensive list of resources has been prepared by Web Accessibility Initiative, “WAI Resources” Comments?

CALIFORNIA LEAVES: California employers…Heads up! From JacksonLewis, “Governor Already Planning Big Changes to California Leave Laws” Comments?

HR’S CUSTOMER?: A dilemma, why does everybody hate the HR Department? From Inc. , a perspective,  ” Human Resources Is Not A Customer Service Department: Be kind, yes, but the “customer” is not always right.” Comments

CORONAVIRSUS (PART2): California employers….Coronavirus. CalOsha issues an “Interim Guidance for Protecting Health Care Workers from Exposure to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)” Comments?

★ NETWORKING BURN OUT: A perspective on networking by the International lawyers Network and JDSupra, “Four Tips to Recover from Networking Burn Out” Comments?

SPICE: A graphic adventure into the world of spices. From BBC (Future), “How spices changed the ancient world” Comments”

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