Tag: employees rights

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Pointers for Employers in the Aftermath of ‘Strike for Black Lives’

Earlier in July, organizers and labor organizations across the country were in the process of holding a “Strike for Black Lives”—a national walkout of workers in support of “dismantling racism and white supremacy to bring about fundamental changes in our society, economy and workplaces.”

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Can I Tell My Employee to Please Shut Up? Well, It Depends

Sometimes the school-teacher refrains “everyone be quiet” or “back to your corners” can feel like an excellent tool for managing employees. Be aware of the possible pitfalls, however, when you ask them to avoid certain topics of conversation or behave in a particular way.

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Social Media Training 101: Avoiding Embarrassing Corporate Blunders

Social media has fundamentally changed the way we communicate with one another. Platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others have dramatically increased the reach of individuals in sharing ideas. People can quickly and easily communicate with others around the globe, even if they’ve never met before.

NLRB’s New Guidance Loosens Reigns on Handbooks

Earlier this year, we predicted that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would be “loosening the reins on employer handbook rules.” We can finally tell you exactly how much the reins have been loosened because the NLRB’s General Counsel has outlined the standards the Board will follow when assessing employers’ personnel policies. Overall, you will […]

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Balancing the Free-Speech Rights of Employees and Employers

Everywhere you turn in 2018, people are talking about politics. That includes your workplace. Since President Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, it seems like you can’t escape the constant drumbeat of other people’s political messages. With so much political talk in the air, what can an employer do to ensure that its employees’ speech […]

Social media fame: harmless or damaging to employers?

Seen any viral videos lately? Maybe a more pertinent question is: Fired anyone over a viral video lately? Videos and other social media posts run the gamut from cute kittens to dancing wedding parties. Sometimes, though, they delve into more serious subjects and become statements on political and social issues — issues that can embarrass […]

Employee Class Actions May Become More Common in Canada

By Brian P. Smeenk Class actions in Canada for unpaid overtime or other employment claims have met with mixed results in the past. Now the rules of the class action game – at least in the employment context – may be a little clearer. On June 26 the Ontario Court of Appeal issued its decisions […]

Managing Employees Abroad

by Brian Smeenk Does your company send employees into other countries? Do you employ foreign nationals in international aassignments? These situations have their own, unique complexities and legal issues. To be successful in managing its employees abroad, employers need to have an employment relationship that protects both its company and its employees. Let’s look at […]