Textual Harassment in the Workplace

Towards the end of 2011, Pepper attorneys Kristin A. LaRosa and James P. Thomas wrote an article advising employers about the effectiveness of a good smartphone policy. The article briefly mentioned the topic "textual harassment."  In this podcast, Kristin joins us to talk more in depth about "textual harassment", including what type of actions would constitute hostile work environment harassment and how employers can protect themselves by putting sufficient policies in place against text harassment.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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Politics in the Workplace

With the increased volume of political ads and news coverage of the upcoming election, so comes the volume and intensity of political conversations. The ever-widening ideological gulfs, dissected and fueled by pundits, have made politics seem more like a contact sport than ever. Because one's politics are often part of his or her personal identity, almost any political activity at work can become divisive or offensive to someone.

Susan Lessack, a partner with the Berwyn office of Pepper Hamilton LLP who concentrates her practice on labor and employment law, joins us in this podcast with suggestions about how employers can minimize these political distractions.

If you are interested in receiving the latest developments in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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Reviewing Employment Policies

In light of the aggressive enforcement climate brought on by government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor and its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, now is a good time for employers to review their employment policies and practices.

In this podcast, Susan Lessack, a partner in Pepper's Berwyn office who counsels employers on matters related to compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, discusses a checklist of the most critical issues that should not be overlooked by employers.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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Handling Workplace Relationships

Dating in the workplace is fairly common these days, which isn't much of a surprise considering we spend a third or more of our lives at work. However, romantic involvement between employees brings both the employees and their employer into dangerous territory.

In this podcast, Amy McAndrew, of counsel with Pepper who concentrates her practice on labor and employment law, discusses how employers should handle these types of relationships.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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Practical Tips in Avoiding Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

In this podcast, Russ Adler, an of counsel in Pepper’s New York office, provides practical tips for human-resource professionals on how to avoid Whistleblower Retaliation Claims under the recent provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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What Your Company Needs to Know About Social Media Policies

In this podcast, Lisa Friesz, an attorney in our Philadelphia office who counsels employers on matters related to compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, discusses what companies need to know about social media policies to reduce the risk of liability.

Lisa also discusses the complaint the National Labor Relations Board lodged against American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. for allegedly violating the National Labor Relations Act by interfering with an employee’s right to engage in protected concerted activity.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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Ban on Hiring Smokers

In this podcast, Susan Lessack, a partner in Pepper’s Berwyn office who counsels employers on matters related to compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, discusses the trend of an increasing number of employers who are deciding not to hire smokers, and more who are trying to control or eliminate employees’ use of tobacco altogether.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper@Work. This is an electronic news alert that provides employers with advice on how recent labor judgments and opinions will affect their organization.

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What CFOs Need to Know About the Changing Employment Picture and its Effect on Corporate Decision Making

Recently, Pepper Hamilton hosted a Breakfast Breakout Session in conjunction with the CFO Alliance. The roundtable topic was “What CFOs Need to Know About the Changing Employment Picture and its Effect on Corporate Decision Making.”

In this session, Amy McAndrew, discussed the latest developments in labor and employment law, including legislation in the pipeline; the focus of administrative agencies under the Obama administration; the newly enacted Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Richard Reibstein then lead a discussion about the changing landscape of independent contractor misclassification law and aggressive government enforcement initiatives at both the national and state levels.

This podcast features both Amy’s and Richard’s presentation.

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Requiring Employees to Arbitrate Employment Disputes

In this podcast, Pepper attorney Kali Wellington, an attorney in the Berwyn Office of Pepper Hamilton and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, discusses mandatory arbitration provisions as an alternative dispute resolution and what listeners can do if they are thinking about including a mandatory arbitration provision in an employment contract or employee handbook.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment or independent contractor compliance, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper's alerts.

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Independent Contractor Compliance

In this podcast, Pepper attorney Richard Reibstein, a partner in the New York office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and co-chair of the firm's Independent Contractor Compliance Practice, discusses the new bill in Congress dealing with misclassification of independent contractors and how companies can use freelancers, consultants, per diems, long-term temps, and other contingent workers within the parameters of the law and enhance compliance to avoid liability for an array of misclassification liabilities.

If you are interested in the latest updates in the world of labor and employment or independent contractor compliance, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper's alerts.

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