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Your Work-Related Appearance: What Are Your Rights?
Your employer can create a restrictive dress code, as long as it doesn't discriminate based on a protected class. ... READ MORE

Can My Employer Stop Me From Smoking?
Some states prohibit employers from firing employees for lawful off-duty activities, such as smoking. ... READ MORE

Drug and Alcohol Testing During Employment
Your state might restrict your employer's ability to drug test employees. ... READ MORE

Who Owns Employee and Independent Contractor Work Product?
"Work product" is anything you complete under the instructions of a person who has hired you. Who owns the work that you do depends on whether you are working as an employee or as an independent contractor, and whether you have sold any of your ownership rights through a written employment agreement. ... READ MORE

Can My Employer Videotape Me at Work?
Find out if—and where—your employer can conduct video surveillance at the workplace. ... READ MORE

Can I Be Fired from My Job for Using Legal Marijuana?
Just because marijuana is legal in your state doesn't mean your employer can't fire you for using it. ... READ MORE

Privacy in the Workplace: FAQs for Employees
Can your employer search your computer, car, locker, or bag? Find out the answers here. ... READ MORE


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I would make a clear and specific written record with the union. If the record is clear that the union made a mistake, and you have witnesses who can prove your case, you have to decide how much you w ...Read more

You can retain outside counsel.  We have stepped in to represent unions in negotiating collective bargaining agreements.     Debra Wabnik 516-812-4504   ...Read more

I do not see a question on this post.  It is possible that you have a claim under the FMLA and/or the Americans With Disabilities Act.  However, it is impossible to tell without an indepth c ...Read more

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Performing Employee Background Checks

Conducting employee background checks helps you to make better hiring decisions, and uncover issues that might interfere with an applicant’s ability to do the job they are being considered for. ... Read more

The Importance of Reviewing Your Employee Handbook

There are many good reasons why you would want to ask a lawyer to review your company’s employee handbook before you hand it out to your employees. While you can find useful information bro ... Read more


Former JAG officer for 4 years assigned to Defense Appellate Section of Army Judiciary, Bev Bates in 1974 formed a law office, Bates & Baum, in Atlanta after 8 years  as an Assistant U. ... Read more


In the past, many members of the U.S. Women’s Hockey team had to work second and third jobs – and half of them did. The women’s national team recently took a stand against USA Hockey ... Read more


Barclays, the British banking giant, is now under scrutiny for improper actions taken in attempt to seek out the identity of a whistleblower. At the request of its chief executive, Barclays tried to u ... Read more

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