The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently updated its Employment Law Guide: Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services. It’s not the be-all and end-all, but it is a handy reference for basic laws enforced by the DOL. It’s not a substitute for legal advice when complex issues arise under these laws.
The 14th annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS) is underway in Nashville, I again have the privilege of serving as moderator. The program will be repeated in Las Vegas on October 29-30. Call M. Lee Smith Publishers at 1-800-274-6774 for more information. Here’s a taste of what you can choose from if you attend.
About a century ago when workers’ compensation laws began to be enacted by the states, good intentions permeated the workplace. The goal was a no-fault insurance program that would promote workplace harmony by resolving disputes over injuries without litigation and resulting bad blood. What a difference a hundred years can make.
In China, according to the New York Times, whistle-blowers are sent to mental hospitals. Whistle-blowers are crazy troublemakers and have no legal protection in China, where laws providing protection often lag. So, to avoid embarrassment and save money, whistle-blowers are lashed to hospital beds, forced to take pills and given injections.
The New York Times and various other news sources have reported on the tragedy that occurred at a Wal-Mart store in New York on Black Friday. A crowd of some 2,000 shoppers, waiting in line for the store’s 5:00 a.m. opening, began pushing and shoving, pressed on sliding-glass double doors until they shattered, and stampeded into the store. One temporary worker was trampled to death.
Perhaps had the CIA’s use of waterboarding not been in the news, the waterboarding employment case out of Utah would have never seen the light of day. But, of course, there’s plenty of light. (Click here and here for previous posts.)
We have two breakouts going right now.
The first is called “Wolverines in the Workplace: Combat Tactics for Bullies on the Job.” It’s being presented by Margaret Morford, President of HR Edge in Brentwood, Tennessee, and Brad Siegel with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Columbus, Ohio. This presentation was made at AEIS in Nashville by Margaret and Tony Swafford with Miller & Martin in its Nashville office.