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The Dog Ate My Homework

On January 4, 2016 a federal judge in Seattle vacated a $21.5 million verdict to a man injured by a closing cruise ship door in 2011.  The verdict was vacated because the plaintiff, James Hausman, deleted e-mails that were requested by the defendant, Holland America, during discovery.  Destroying or spoliating the evidence can result in extreme sanctions for the...

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Unclear About What Provisions In Your Employee Handbook May Be Unlawful? The NLRB Tries To Help

Unlawful handbook provisions can trigger unfair labor practice charges, which in turn can result in awards of back-wages, reinstatement, injunctive relief, fines, and other penalties.  The NLRB has invalidated a number of workplace rules it perceived to be overly broad, including policies regulating social media, use of company e-mail, internet, and electronic communication systems, confidentiality, codes of conduct, and at-will employment acknowledgements. Read...

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Voluntary Recalls Protect Risk In Two Ways

Within the last two weeks, three major recalls have taken place by manufacturers of popular food products. Initially, Blue Bell ice cream imposed a recall as a result of eight cases of Listeria in Texas. This was followed by a recall by Sabra as a result of an inspection of hummus in a Kroger market in Port Huron, Michigan, which revealed potential...

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Thinking of buying a business? Here’s where to start.

    When I have the opportunity to sit down with an individual who is looking to buy a business, I am often struck by the earnest surprise shown by the prospective buyer when I go over what items we should request from the seller in determining whether or not to buy the business. Read more: April 2015 RFB Legal...

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Protecting & Preparing For The Future

After years of growing the business into a profitable organization, business owners often face the problem of retaining talented employees to take their business to the next level. In order to resolve this issue, an attractive option to business owners is to incentivize their employees with equity in the company. By giving the employee an ownership interest, the employee...

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How To Handle a Harassment Complaint

  As an employer you have a duty to prevent and correct harassment in the workplace.  The best way to do this is by creating an effective anti-harassment policy, and a solid method for resolving harassment complaints. Read More – January 2015 Legal Update

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Leaving Money On The Table – What you can do proactively to make it easier to collect the money you’ve earned.

Rendigs represents many contractors and small businesses on all sorts of matters, but certainly disputes about money come up more frequently than anything else. Either our clients do not believe they owe money to a claimant or someone owes them money. Of course, the actual disputes are always more complicated than I could describe in this article but we...

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The Employer and Negative Job References

It’s the rare exception where an employee stays with the same employer for his or her entire working life. Even for upper management positions, an employee typically fills out an employment application in addition to providing a resume. Job applications include sections for employment work history, reasons for leaving past jobs, and a reference section. What happens if you...

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The Potential Impact of EEOC v. Ford on Commute-Related Requests

If allowed to stand, the Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in EEOC v. Ford, 752 F.3d 634 (6th Cir. 2014), holding that telecommuting may be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with disabilities Act (ADA) for an employee with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, may have far-reaching consequences for other types of commuter-elated requests from disabled employees. For instance, disabled employees frequently request shift changes or modified...

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