Employment Law Consultant (02-18-2020)

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Good Tuesday morning.

DIPLOMA:  A long read. A rise in high school graduation rates. Sounds good, but dig a little deeper, as does The Hoover Institution, and discover that a significant percentage of the diplomas issued are “paper thin” in quality and preparing the graduate for post-secondary life. See the report, ” The Diploma Dilemma” Comments?

FAILURE: We all like to hear something positive about our work performance. Can the same be said about criticism? From Fast Company (Compass), “5 ways you can get more comfortable taking criticism” Comments?

PRO ACT (PART 1):Employers and employees, basic information on H.R. 2474, The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (PRO Act) which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on  February 6, 2020. From the Committee on Education & Labor, “Section-by-Section: Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019” Comments?

PRO ACT (PART 2): Labor’s  perspective on the PRO Act from The American Prospect, “Why America Needs a Better Labor Law ” Comments?

PRO ACT (PART 3) PRO Act an employer’s perspective from Ogletree Deakins and the National Law Review,  “The Protecting the Right to Organize PRO Act of 2019: An Outline of its Proposed Labor Reforms” Comments?

AI IS COMING: Artificial Intelligence in the workplace. From Forbes, “Chatbots And Beyond: Six AI Trends Reshaping The Workplace” Comments?

JOB DISAPPOINTMENT:  Love your job? If not here are a number of suggestions, from Forbes, about what you can to “Do You Love Your Job? If Not, Here Are 9 Things To Do”  Comments?

FAIR WORK WEEK: Attention employers;  an emerging trend reported by Vox in the article, fair workweek laws” The movement to make workers’ schedules more humane” Comments?

STILL SOME RISK: Employees using medical or recreational marijuana may  remain at risk for adverse personnel actions without regard to local or state legalization.  From Fast Company (Compass), “Even when weed is legal, employees face risks” Comments?

DAIRY?: Have you decided to reduce or avoid the consumption of  dairy products? If so, this article from the BBC (Future) may be of interest, “Which milk alternative should we be drinking?” Comments?

STOP THIEF: The rise in reports regarding the coronavirus is also seen the creation of a new e-mail scam for the unwary consumer. From The Identity Theft Resource Center, “NEW CORONAVIRUS EMAIL SCAM TARGETING CONSUMERS ONLINE” Comments?

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