Employee Lawsuits on Steroids

EMPLOYEE LAWSUITS ON STEROIDS So you think you have it bad? Trust me, there is always another employer with a “better” story to tell. Consider this story, reproduced with permission of Robin Shea of the office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Atlanta, Georgia. “Don’t hate me because I’m white.” A police officer in Georgia […]

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Employee’s Profanity Toward Manager was Protected Activity

On May 28th, the National Labor Relations Board considered the case of an auto dealership employee who was terminated for calling his manager an “asshole” and a “f—ing crook.”  The Board concluded that the employee was improperly terminated because the conduct occurred while the employee was complaining about the company’s compensation policies and failure to […]

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Hiring the Right Employees

Dee Rubanoff and Chandra Hatfield have presented a series of regional trainings for Special Districts Association of Oregon.  The title is “How to Hire the Right Employees Without Breaking the Law.”   The dates were  May 6 in Lake Oswego, May 13 in Newport, May 19 in Bend, May 20 in Pendleton.  The final presentation […]

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The Ever Expanding Scope of Union Representation Rights

How changes to the definition of “supervisor” and possible changes in the interpretation of “volunteer” threaten Oregon’s labor relations’ landscape Will fire agencies get hosed by changes in the definition of supervisor? On March 10, 2014 Governor Kitzhaber signed a law (SB 1518) changing the definition of supervisor for public employees in firefighting positions. The […]

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