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Summertime brings many issues into the workplace that may have been dormant all winter.  Are you prepared to respond? 1.  Summer Clothes: Can you decide what is right or wrong for your employees to wear (even if you do not require a specific uniform)?  The answer is Yes, but if you want this kind of […]

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Do you really know how to calculate overtime pay? For most employers, the overtime calculation is very straightforward – employees receive one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40. But what if your employees work various jobs at different rates? For example, you own a hair salon and your employees […]

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The Chicago Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (“Region”) waved its magic wand over the Northwestern University (“Northwestern”) scholarship football players and turned them into “employees” following a series of headline-generating hearings.  See Northwestern University v. College Athletes Players Ass’n, Case 13-RC-121359, 2014 NLRB Reg. Dir. Dec. LEXIS 46 (NLRB Reg. Dir. Dec. […]

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Religious dress and grooming practices became news late last year when popular clothing store Hollister (an Abercrombie & Fitch brand) fired a Muslim employee for wearing a hijab, an Islamic religious headscarf.  Initially, the employee was asked to wear headscarves in Hollister colors which she did.  After several months, a district manager was in the […]

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The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) continues to strike down broad workplace policies – this time taking aim at a “No Gossip” policy they claimed violated employees’ rights to engage in protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). In a case before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), Laurus Tech. Inst., 2013 NLRB LEXIS […]

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