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Got 5? Nominate @lawinsider for ABA Blawg 100.

Okay readers, it’s time for me to make my annual ask. I need your nomination for the 2014 ABA Blawg 100. The nomination deadline is  August 8th at 5 p.m. ET. I’d really appreciate your support.  Take 5 minutes to nominate this blog here>> If you enjoy this blog and its online community, I ask that you please take 5 minutes… Read more »

Employee Training: When Is It Compensable Time Worked?

Training—employers require it for all sorts of reasons. In many cases, training can be a legal requirement. Take workplace harassment training, for instance. The tradeoff here is reciprocal: Employees who engage in legally-mandated training designed to help prevent harassment in the workplace are probably less likely to harass a coworker. The payoff is measured in… Read more »

Panda 4.0 Just Doubled My Law Blog Traffic

I’m no SEO, but my law blog traffic just doubled and I knew it was going to happen. Google is rolling out our Panda 4.0 update starting today. — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) May 20, 2014 Panda 4.0 came through. http://t.co/Ou219so8TC doubled traffic. — Preston Clark (@lawinsider) May 24, 2014 How Did I know?    An… Read more »

6th Circuit Green Lights Telecommuting as ADA Accommodation

By Jonathan A Segal In the EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the Sixth Circuit recently held that telecommuting could be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA for the employee at issue. Commentators have described the decision as everything from “ground breaking” to opening up the “flood gates” to telecommuting accommodation requests. I am not surprised… Read more »

“Extreme” French Proposed E-Mail Law: Already Law in U.S.

By Jonathan A. Segal A bill is being considered in France that would severely restrict use of e-mail by employees off the clock. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/europe/in-france-a-move-to-limit-off-the-clock-work-emails.html. I have read many business leaders respond with dismay.  How much can French government regulate and expect business to survive, let alone thrive? Lots come back across the pond.  That “controversial,”… Read more »

Lawyers on G+ Reaches its 5,000th Member

Well, well, well… look what we have here. The ghost town called G+ is starting to attract the legal community. Today Lawyers on G+ reached 5,000 members. Yet another awesome milestone during our short (and sweet) 16 months of existence. We’re currently the largest professional services community on G+. But more than the numbers, we’ve… Read more »

Knowing Who Receives Overtime Pay Is about to Get More Complicated

The landmines an employer navigates in scheduling and paying overtime are as many as the regulations covering it. And the outcome of a White House–ordered assessment of overtime rules found in the Fair Labor Standards Act will soon render these regulations even more demanding. President Obama has signed an executive order that “instructs the Secretary… Read more »

When Does a Worker’s Shift End?

For employers with large populations of wage and hourly staff, the question is a gray area masquerading as a black-and-white issue. Throw contract hourly laborers into the mix, and a growing set of potential missteps or pitfalls can leave employers running afoul of employment law in a short period of time. Take the example of… Read more »