New California Mandate: Add Women to the Board

October 4, 2018 |

On Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring publicly held companies based in California to have at least one woman on their board by the end of 2019. By 2021, boards with five members must have at least two women, and boards with six members or more must have at least three women.  Companies […]

Conducting Complex Workplace Investigations

October 2, 2018 |

Image Credit:  Wall Street Journal Last week, with the Kavanaugh hearing looming, I addressed some of the basics of conducting workplace investigations.  But, as I wrote then and reiterate now, investigations are often far from basic.  How should you handle some of the complex issues that arise during an investigation?  How can “he said/she said” be […]

Do You Really Want to Auto-Deduct That Meal Break?

September 27, 2018 |

I’ll be blunt here.  Auto-deducting meal breaks is a bad idea.  I know employees never remember to clock in and out after lunch, and they complain about it, and administratively it is a giant headache, and I am sympathetic.  But, if you as the employer are automatically deducting meal breaks regardless of whether the employee […]

When He Said, She Said is National News

September 25, 2018 |

Last week, the public became aware of an allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford, that in the 1980s at a high school party, Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, pushed his body against hers, and attempted to pull off her clothing.  Ms. Ford described the interaction as an “attack” in […]

WeWork (With Help From a Couple of State AG’s) Ditches Non-Competes. Sign of the Times?

September 20, 2018 |

Is it just me, or is the writing on the wall for non-competes?  This past summer, seven fast-food chains “voluntarily” (under pressure from the Washington state attorney general) removed non-compete language restricting workers from obtaining jobs within the same franchise.  And just this week, WeWork, who had been at the center of investigations in both […]

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