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Probationary Periods: A Window Worth Closing

Probationary periods are a tool long used to test the viability of job candidates. They can provide a window into an employee’s suitability and qualifications for a position. In an economy that continues to have high unemployment, recent graduates, those looking to change careers and those interested in a specific company may be particularly open … Continue Reading

Pokémon – A Wake-up Call to Employers on the Importance of Electronic Use Policies

As my 11-year-old begs to borrow my mobile device to catch a Pokémon, I become one more Generation X member unwittingly joining the millions of millennials participating in an augmented reality game. For employers, Pokémon demonstrated that an app can rapidly gain enormous popularity, resulting in significant portions of the workforce downloading the app on … Continue Reading

When Cupid’s Arrow Strikes the Workplace

With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is in the air, and employers need to be mindful of the risks associated with workplace romance. While these risks exist year-round, the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday may trigger inappropriate workplace behavior that workers might not otherwise engage in throughout the year. Employers should use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity … Continue Reading

No Number, No Job: Classic Rock Song Titles Explain It Best

When job applicant Don Yeager refused to provide a social security number to his prospective employer, he was shown the door.  He sued, claiming that identifying himself by a number violated his religious beliefs.  In a short decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that his claim was properly dismissed.  Yeager v. FirstEnergy, Jan. … Continue Reading
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