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Is It Illegal To Consider A Foreign Accent When Evaluating Candidates For a Customer-Service Job?

Yes, unless the candidate’s language skills would clearly interfere with their ability to do the job. Amidst all of the current controversy concerning immigration in the United States, the experience of immigrants in the workplace is also receiving heightened attention.

Posted in Discrimination

Don’t Say That! … Or Do? New Court Guidance on Employer Statements in Union Organizing Campaigns

Misconceptions Here, There and Everywhere. I often advise employers large and small on what to do (and what not to do) during union organizing campaigns. I am continually surprised at how many employers have misconceptions about the do’s and don’ts

Posted in Labor & Employment, Union

Colorado becomes the 13th State to “Ban the Box” – Prohibiting Employers from Inquiring about Criminal Convictions on Initial Employment Applications

Colorado employers should review and, if necessary, revise job applications to remove questions about criminal history. Colorado has joined a growing number of states and municipalities to pass “ban the box” laws, which prohibit employers from asking job applicants about

Posted in Labor & Employment

In Pay, May All Be Created Equal…An Overview Of The Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

The News On May 22, 2019, Colorado passed a new pay equity law which brings the state to the cutting edge of regulation in this area. The Basics The Act, which will take effect on January 1, 2021, prohibits discrimination

Posted in Pay Equity

Can an Airport Skycap’s Complaint About the Poor Tipping Habits of French Soccer Players Really Become a Federal Case?

Yes! One of the least appreciated federal workplace laws is Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, the 1935 law which gives most private sector employees in the U.S. the right to form and join unions.  Section 7 of

Posted in NLRB, Wage and Hour

It’s Time To Be Creative: Historically Low Unemployment Rates Fuel New Approaches To Parental Leave

In October 2018, NPR reported that the U.S. unemployment rate had dropped to 3.7 percent, the lowest rate in 50 years.  In some states, like Colorado, where I live, the rate is even lower (3.1 percent, per Denver Post).  Record

Posted in Labor & Employment
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