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TOP FIVE FRIDAY! COLORADO FAMLI ACT

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Nov 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

On November 3, 2020, Colorado voters passed Prop 118, thereby enacting a statewide paid leave law: What: Colorado Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (“FAMLI Act”) to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave via payroll tax on both employers and employees, plus 4 weeks for pregnancy or childbi...

TOP FIVE FRIDAY! - ELECTION PROTECTION!

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Oct 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Most states do require employers to provide leave for voting on election day, if needed. 2. Employers are allowed to have policies banning purely political discussions and activity at the workplace, but should balance its enforcement with employee's rights to discuss terms and conditions of e...

TOP FIVE FRIDAY! - LET’S GET POLITICAL. OR NOT.

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Sep 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

LET'S GET POLITICAL. OR NOT. 1. Generally, the First Amendment does NOT guarantee “freedom of speech” rights at work. Thus, employers may have policies banning purely political discussions and activity, and may want to do so to avoid potential discrimination, harassment or retaliation claims. 2....

CARES ACT FAQS

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | May 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

What is the CARES Act? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is a two trillion dollar relief package intended to aid Americans and businesses impacted by C19. The CARES Act provides $377 billion to small businesses affected by the current economic crisis through several different...

C19 GUIDANCE

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

1. Can employers send or keep a sick employee home? Yes, employers can send or keep a sick employee at home. Employers should be cautious as to not discriminate against any specific group, but base decisions on a good faith belief and probable cause to determine if an individual is sick, includin...

NEW STRATEGIC LAW FIRM PARTNERSHIP

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | May 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

THE WORKPLACE COUNSEL LLC AND GOKENBACH LAW LLC MERGE TO EXPAND EMPLOYMENT LAW DEFENSE PRACTICE     PRESS RELEASE!!! DENVER, Colorado, May 2019 — Furthering their dedication to providing results-oriented and cost-effective legal counsel in employment law matter...

TOP FIVE FRIDAY! - TOP 2019 TRAINING TRENDS

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Apr 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Sexual Harassment. Companies have focused their polices, but it's just as important to implement annual training. While it helps with potential liability, more importantly are companies' willingness to foster safe, positive work environments. 2. Implicit Bias. We are wired to judge quickly and...

TOP FIVE FRIDAY! - POLITICS IN THE WORKPLACE???

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Mar 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

1. The First Amendment does not provide the same protections at the workplace as it does elsewhere. Employers may (and should) implement policies related to reasonable restrictions for political discussion and conduct, including limiting or banning company resources for such activity. 2. Politica...

TOP FIVE FRIDAY! - TRAITS OF A GREAT MENTOR OR BOSS

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

(in no particular order) 1. Approachability. If you can't approach your mentor or boss without feeling anxious, hesitant, or like you're going to feel dumb afterward, this is not someone who should be in a leadership position. 2. Empathy. Leaders have to be able to step into someone else's shoes,...

THE GENDER GAP

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Jan 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

We recently honored Martin Luther King, Jr., for his vision and commitment to diversity. It therefore seems fitting to re-share McKinsey's Women in the Workplace 2018 study. Notably, "[C]orporate America has made almost no progress improving women's representation. Women are underrepresented at e...

TOP FIVE FRIDAY! - CONDUCTING EMPLOYER INVESTIGATIONS

Posted by Stephen B. Rotter | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

1. Independence is critical – use outside counsel for serious or complex employee matters (i.e., those which may result in claims or litigation). 2. When conducting interviews, be personable, non-condescending, non-accusatory, and open-minded. Your approach should be fact-gathering, not conclusio...

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