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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

HR Checklist for the New Year

As labor lawyers, we tend to think of our professional years as starting and ending on Labor Day. In order to celebrate the new Labor year, I intended to send this post early last week, but a storm called Harvey got in the way. So in belated celebration of the new Labor year, I now provide to you a checklist for the coming year as our New Year gift.

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  • 24
  • August
  • 2017


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Does Title VII Protect "Straight Acting" Gay Men?

Earlier this month I moderated a panel discussion on employment law and the LGBTQ community at the LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Conference. Much has changed since my first Lavender Law Conference in 1988. Back then, the law was clear: Title VII did not provide protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Period.

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Which Law Applies to International Employees Really Does Matter

When a company has workers around the world, be they employees or independent contractors, the company needs to give some thought to which country’s laws will apply to the company’s relationship with those workers. Choice of law issues are not easy. These issues need to be carefully considered at the outset of the relationship because there may be steps the company can take to select a favorable jurisdiction (or at least avoid a bad jurisdiction) and to make that selection stick.

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  • 17
  • August
  • 2017


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Who Owns Your Safety Culture?

As we move toward the end of summer and into fall, the time for establishing budgets for next year is fast approaching. In this time of unprecedented technological advances and automation in the workplace, one question that you may face is this: how does the company justify anything less than significant increases in the budget for health and safety efforts when the company has made public pronouncements such as “safety is job number 1.” How this question is answered will likely depend on who owns the safety culture for the company and how good the company is at assessing and discussing risk.

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