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Halloween in the Workplace – What Could Go Wrong?

October 31st is right around the corner, and in workplaces all across the U.S. employers are contemplating having some kind of Halloween party or inviting employees to dress up. On its face, it seems like a great idea. Halloween can

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Defend Trade Secrets Act Whistleblower Immunity Notice – Small Price to Pay for Major Benefits

You probably already know that the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) makes available to employers a number of significant remedies, but what you may not know is that several of those remedies are contingent on employers notifying employees of

Posted in Benefits, Labor & Employment

New Illinois Law Puts Money Back in Your Employees’ Wallets

As of January 1, 2019, Illinois will have one of the most expansive employee expense reimbursement laws in the country. Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed off on an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, requiring employers to

Posted in Labor & Employment

How to Handle Waivers in Discrimination Cases

It is every L&E attorney’s dream:  You are deposing a Title VII plaintiff and it’s starting to get late. One by one, the plaintiff’s allegations of discrimination start to lose their luster; the seams are beginning to show. Plaintiff is

Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment

Do You Know What Your Employees Are Talking About In Public? How To Avoid The Inadvertent Disclosure of Your Company’s Confidential Information

Imagine this scenario:  Your top sales representative is traveling for work.  He has a briefcase with your company’s logo on it.  He decides to stop at a restaurant at the airport before catching his flight.  While at the restaurant, he

Posted in Labor & Employment

Three Workplace Shootings in 24 Hours: Now Is the Time to Take Action

Workplace violence is one of the most troubling issues keeping HR professionals and in-house counsel up at night – and with good reason.  Just last week alone, there were three workplace shootings in a span of 24 hours. In 2018,

Posted in Labor & Employment

Good Intentions May Not Be Enough: The Hidden Dangers of “Maternity Leave” Policies

Many employers go above and beyond any legal requirements in providing paid or unpaid leave benefits to employees to bond with their child.  So what could be bad about that?  Well, check your employee handbook. Do you have a maternity

Posted in Labor & Employment

An Apple a Day: Why Building Positive Employee Relations Can Keep the Outsiders Away

An obvious key to maintaining good employee relations is to keep employees satisfied with their work and their work environment.  While it is, of course, impossible to keep all of your employees happy and satisfied at all times, it is

Posted in Labor & Employment

Fight Heats Up Over Sick Pay in Texas Cities

San Antonio City Council approved a Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on Thursday, August 16, 2018, which allows workers to accrue up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year. This law largely tracks the recent Austin sick pay ordinance,

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Five Tips for Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets

Protecting your trade secrets and proprietary information is a vital part of your business. Every company needs to have policies and agreements in place to prevent employees from stealing property, and wrongfully soliciting your employees and customers when they leave

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HR Headaches is a blog for Human Resources professionals, business owners, and in-house counsel to get the latest news, analysis and tips in the area of labor and employment law. Every day there are new court decisions, agency interpretations, and regulations which affect the workplace, making it difficult, if not impossible, for many employers to keep current. HR Headaches is dedicated to providing information in a practical, no-nonsense manner to help employers avoid legal disputes and keep policies up to date.
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