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Secret DOL App for Employees Only

April 1, 2015

Employees have direct access to Department Of Labor through Secret DOL App The Dept. of Labor (DOL) has made available to all employees a Secret Time Keeping App for iPhones, featuring “One Tap” Access to File Complaints, and it is downloadable at the DOL website for free. If you’ve seen our speakers or paid attention…

Response is Key to Hostile Work Environment & Sex Discrimination Claims

March 22, 2015

How you Respond is Key to Hostile Work Environment or Sexual Harassment Claim: Lessons Learned from EEOC v. Whirlpool. A recent string of cases reminded me of how easily employers can be exposed to employment discrimination claims. I thought there might be some benefit in reviewing some hard lessons learned by management in EEOC v….

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Is Your Employee Handbook a Contractual Albatross?

March 22, 2015

Not long ago, a retiring employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) sought 27 years of accrued but unused sick leave pay upon his departure. When his employer failed to pay what he thought was due under the terms of the Authority’s Employee Handbook he flattened them like road kill. Facts The plaintiff in LeMaitre…

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Do-It-Yourself Employee Handbooks

March 22, 2015

Employee Handbooks are, first and foremost, lawsuit deterrents. Every aspect of your dental employee handbook or medical employee handbook is based on ever-shifting rules, regulations, and laws that protect your employees. For you as an employer to gain the same level of protections, not only must you clearly communicate your policies to your employees, but…

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Two New Tools from the DOL Make Being an Employer A Lot Tougher

March 22, 2015

Tool # 1) Free Secret Time Keeping App for smartphones with “One Tap” access to file DOL complaints against employers. Tool # 2) “Bridge to Justice” Campaign automatically provides a toll free number automatically connecting disgruntled employees to a referral network of employment law attorneys. I’ll sit here for a moment before I continue while…

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CEDR Two Minute Trainer: At-Will Employment

March 22, 2015

Did you know that employment is governed by “at-will” laws in 49 out of 50 states? (Montana is the exception: At-will doctrine is not followed there after month 6 of employment.) More importantly, do you know what “at-will” means, or how it affects your business? At-Will Employment Does NOT Mean At-Will Firing This first installment…

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Right to Work vs. At-Will

March 22, 2015

I’m protected because I live in a “right to work”/”at-will” state! My HR expert told me I don’t need to worry about my employee handbook and don’t need to update it because I am in an at will and right to work state. At-will is a fragile protection for employers, at best, and “right to…

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How Does An Employee Handbook Pay for Itself?

March 21, 2015

Many doctors and dentists have difficulty seeing the many ways their employee handbook pays for itself. Below we’ve included just a few ways our members reported their handbook gave back and saved them money: 1) Because of our updated travel policy, an office with fourteen employees, who got stuck in a airport for six hours…

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Employees Milking the Clock

March 21, 2015

Sometimes it’s a challenge of getting everyone to clock in and out properly. Below are a few notes on issues common to time clocks, paychecks, and working overtime, including: Charging penalties when employees clock in incorrectly Failing to pay employees on time because of their mistakes Using a biometric clock to prevent employees from clocking…