Starbucks’ Racial Bias Training

StarbsTraining seems to be all the rage these days. From a possible new bill here in Delaware that would require sexual harassment training for employers with more than 50 employees, to implicit bias training, it seems that employers are realizing that the old standards of training aren’t enough. This has come about for many reasons. Continue reading

Foul Ball: Court Reverses Workers’ Comp Decision

softballWorkers’ compensation is a tough game, and it spares no one. But a recent decision from the Delaware Superior Court reminds us that there are some limits to when an employer can be held responsible for injuries occurring in out-of-office, work-sponsored events.  Catch the details below. Continue reading

#tbt: Quit Oversharing

On Thursdays we will be sharing some of our favorite articles here. Whether it’s a topic that we still think is relevant or just one that we especially liked, we hope these throwbacks will provide an insightful look at Employment Law. Here is a post called “Quit Oversharing” originally published in 2014.

Supervisors and their direct reports are not equals.  If you are a supervisor, I advise that you keep this golden rule in mind.  When you are required to communicate a decision to your subordinate, understand that communicating does not mean “explaining.”  Employees do not want to hear the full story behind the decision. Continue reading

Right-to-work: Right or Wrong?

Recently there has been a lot of talk in Delaware regarding right-to-work laws.

When a private-sector company is organized, the union will try to negotiate a requirement that all employees either join the union and pay union dues or pay a so-called agency fee for the services provided by the union like negotiations and grievance processing. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) authorizes individual states to outlaw this practice.  Any state who passes such a law is called a “right-to-work state.”

Delaware, like 21 other states, is not a right-to-work state. Delaware Governor Carney wants Delaware to stay that way. Continue reading

What Is Good for the Goose . . . Employers Oppose Federally Mandated Inequality

The United States Supreme Court will hear argument next month in United States v. Windsor, which addresses the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Nearly 300 private-sector employers joined forces in opposition to the law, filing a joint amici brief.  Among the employers who oppose the law are Citigroup, Google, Facebook, and Starbucks, reports the L.A. Times.goose_thumb

The employers voice a number of objections to the law, all arising from the conflict between state and federal law.  Twelve states and the District of Columbia now recognize same-sex marriages.  But federal law, pursuant to DOMA, prohibits the recognition of same-sex unions. Continue reading

Whoooooo Are You? The Price of Rock-Star Employees

If you’re a die-hard fan of The Who, you may not want to read the rest of this post.  Don’t misunderstand, I, too, am a fan.  Which is why I was all sorts of excited to see them in Atlantic City on Friday night. stick figure businessman in spotlight_thumb

The band did not disappoint.  Overall, I’d say the show was pretty good.  Guitarist Pete Townshend, though, was far better than “good.” Townshend was great; and I mean great.  Well worth the price of admission. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About What Your Body Language Is Telling Me

A post on the Harvard Business Review blog, titled, “Your Body Language Speaks For You In Meetings,” caught my eye immediately. Several years ago, I brought this very issue to the attention of one of our senior paralegals. The paralegal was a critical player on our team–well respected by everyone and for good reason. During meetings, she had a place at the table equal to the most senior partner present. If she doubted a particular strategy, you could bet that we’d go a different direction. Continue reading