15 for (20)15: 2014 in review and the year to come – Part VII


13. FMLA Improper record keeping continues to be the source of many complaints and lawsuits arising under the FMLA.  Employers should train their management teams, on a regular basis, on how to properly document, in writing, FMLA leave. Another common problem under the FMLA is when a manager or supervisor asks an employee, who isRead More

15 for (20)15: 2014 in review and the year to come – Part VI

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11. Data Protection/ID Theft/Hacking Anthem.  Sony.  Target.  Starbucks. Banks/Credit Card issuers.  And more.  I anticipate that cyber security breaches will be more extensive in 2015 as more sophisticated hackers continue doing what they do.  Employers need to take the threat of cyber breaches seriously, and be prepared to deal with a breach should one occur. Read More

15 for (20)15: 2014 in review and the year to come – Part V

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9. Increased Agency Enforcement For the past 7 years, numerous federal agencies have been subject to a hiring freeze due, in part, to the stagnant economy.  Now that the economy is rebounding, I expect federal agencies will receive additional funding.  What this means is that agencies that have oversight in the employment arena, including theRead More

Employers: Happy Valentine’s Day


With Valentine’s Day coming on Saturday, now is a great time to share an interesting article I recently came across entitled “10 Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them”, written by Suzanne Lucas, the “Evil HR Lady”.  The 10 items she lists are: Make work interesting and challenging. Get rid of the bullies. Don’t justRead More

15 for (20)15: 2014 in review and the year to come – Part III

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4. NLRB A. Employee Use of Company E-mail: In December, the NLRB, in a 3 to 2 decision, overturned the Board’s seven year old precedent which previously held that in light of the fact that a corporate e-mail system belongs to the employer, the employer could ban all non-business e-mail communications, including those communications protectedRead More

15 for (20)15: 2014 in review and the year to come – Part II

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3. Political ramifications of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections A. Immigration: With both houses of Congress now majority Republican, and the President a Democrat, I anticipate the next two years will provide numerous interesting moments, with many involving the workplace. There are a number of issues concerning the President’s immigration policies, which were announced in November.Read More

15 for (20)15: 2014 in review and the year to come – Part I


1. FLSA: The Hits Keep Coming In 2013, the number of wage and hour lawsuits increased by 10%.  Although the numbers are not out yet, I anticipate there will be an increase in 2014, and I anticipate an additional increase in 2015.  As cases continue to be frequently filed in federal court, a number ofRead More

In Alabama, non-compete agreements must be signed during employment, not before

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Many employers require employees to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of employment.  Although any non-compete agreement is strictly construed by the courts to ensure compliance with Alabama law, one issue that arises on occasion is when a non-compete agreement can be signed in Alabama, and still be valid. Last week, the 11th Circuit CourtRead More

What does the Hobby Lobby case really mean for Alabama employers?

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Last week, I posted a brief synopsis of the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case.  After reviewing the 89 pages of the majority and minority opinions, the question remains: What does the HL case really mean for Alabama employers?  The following is a more in-depth analysis of the decision and theRead More