Massachusetts Court Green-Lights Nurses’ Defamation Claims

The following case is a cautionary tale about decisive action and one type of legal risk: defamation claims. Although this particular case turned on a legal technicality, it’s useful to show how communicating about your reasons for taking an adverse action can turn into litigation.


Making Social Media Work for You—Not Against You—in Recruiting for Diversity

Achieving a diverse workforce and learning how to use social media to recruit talent are two common goals for employers. Sometimes, though, the two objectives can work against each other. Gone are the days when employers would specify an age, gender, or other characteristic in a newspaper help-wanted ad. Today’s social media-aided recruiting opens a […]


Strategic HR: Writing a Strong Termination Letter

Writing a termination letter can be a daunting task when you realize that so much can rise or fall on what it says. A few straightforward strategies can help you prepare a termination letter that provides all the benefits and helps you manage the risks that accompany all termination decisions.

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Austin, Texas Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

Last month, the Austin City Council passed a new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance—the first of its kind in the south. The Council voted 9-2 to implement the policy in the early hours of February 16, 2018. The ordinance applies to private-sector employers located in Austin, Texas, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) […]


Recruiting Technology: How Video Can Attract Active and Passive Jobseekers

Is your company using video in the recruiting process? If not, you may want to consider incorporating this technology into your recruiting strategies, as we are living in a digital age that is currently faced with a competitive candidate-driven market. Talent acquisition professionals are “mining for gold” it seems when searching for top talent.


Firing Employee Who Made Threats: Opposition Isn’t Always Protected

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently found that an employee who made violent threats on Facebook couldn’t sue her former employer for retaliation after she was terminated. The court’s decision is important because it allows employers to make termination decisions when a protected complaint is pending. In other words, not all opposition is protected.