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Bernie, Trump, Hillary and the Workplace

In a 2012 article humorously entitled “Where Free Speech Goes to Die: The Workplace” Bloomberg writer Michael Dolgow correctly noted there is no First Amendment right to free speech in private employment scenario. Ask an employee that truthfully answered an HR survey about his manager’s performance and ethics, and found themselves on a performance improvement […]

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Attacks on Restrictive Covenants in Severance Agreements

When US government agencies and the National Labor Relations Board attack what has been fairly standard language in severance and release agreements it’s worth noting. Promises are Promises; but there as some promises that should never be asked for at the end of an employer-employee relationship. Although these prohibitions have yet to be written into […]

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Workplace Bullies & Harassing Managers

“Anyone who has suffered harassment by managers and co-workers knows how negatively it affects the quality of the employment relationship – often turning the workplace into a “hostile work environment.” These behaviors can turn a dream job into a waking nightmare. Some forms of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are illegal, but others are simply not […]

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Disruptive Reality

Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc. of San Francisco and Yellow Cab Chicago have filed for bankruptcy.  The trigger was huge verdicts for personal injuries to passengers, the latest in San Francisco involved a driver that Yellow Cab asserted was not an employee.  The judge saw it differently, holding Yellow Cab must pay $8 million to its […]

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Benchmarking Severance [proceed with caution]

Industry practice surveys can be dangerous as bench-marking and strategy assessment tools.  They are by nature rear view mirror looking, exclusive to the target market of the surveying consulting firm, and present a rather narrow view of broad industry practices and trends.  They should not be read as  realistic guidelines for your severance deal, (and […]

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“It is about your age, stupid!”

“…but the truth is, many companies are using reorganizations, glass ceilings, early retirement and layoffs as a cover for age discrimination.”, says Cynthia Shapiro in Corporate Confidential. The most recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistical report I’ve reviewed appears to suggest that 70% of age discrimination charges are dismissed for “no reasonable cause” and a […]

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