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The National Labor Relations Board last month ordered a New York City tour bus company to reinstate a tour guide that it fired for his anti-company Facebook posts. It said his postings were considered “protected concerted activity” that related to the employer’s working conditions.
Seeking performance appraisal input from too many employees can cause problems if you’re sued by a terminated worker. The wider a net you cast, the more likely someone will be called to testify about his or her opinion of the discharged employee’s performance. The problem: If any of those co-workers retire, quit and move on, you may have trouble tracking them down.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on July 24 voted 13-9 to send President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominees to the floor for confirmation by the full Senate.
The U.S. Senate on July 18 confirmed Thomas Perez to become the next Secretary of Labor. The 54-46 party-line vote followed a four-month standoff between the Senate Republicans and the White House during which Perez’s nomination languished, along with those of other Obama administration appointees awaiting confirmation.
A federal judge in the Western Dis­­trict of New York has decertified a class of outside salespeople who alleged they were misclassified, citing two recent Supreme Court decisions: Comcast v. Behrend and Dukes v. Wal-Mart.
Q. I understand that the rule requiring private employers to post a notice about employees’ union rights is dead and won’t become law. I may be considered a federal contractor and there is a provision in my contract about posting a notice of union-related rights. Am I free to ignore that?
Q. Can we reduce the wage rates of male employees in order to avoid Equal Pay Act violations?
Here’s a bit of good news for employers that try to accommodate disabilities but whose efforts are rejected out of hand: When you offer what looks like a reasonable accommodation and an employee refuses to even try it, you are no ­longer obligated to retain her. A worker who rejects an offered accommodation is no longer covered by the ADA if she doesn’t even try it first.
Q. Do the individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN) issued by the Department of the Treasury authorize an alien to work without any other documentation, such as an employment authorization? 
Using temporary workers can be an effective way to stretch your labor budget without making a long-term staffing commitment. But if a temp sues over alleged discrimination, you may not have saved much money. To prevent surprises, make sure you treat the temp as a guest—leave the employment details to the agency that supplies the temp.
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