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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Everyone likes a compliment. Believe me when I say that I am no exception. In fact, I’ve been accused on more than one occasion of being a real sucker for a compliment. A guaranteed way to win me over is to compliment this blog. Works like a charm just about every time. Continue reading
Sheldon Sandler took the picture below during a recent trip to Granada. Yes, it’s a real picture of a real sign on the outside of a real factory.
Admittedly, the picture evokes mixed emotions for me. Part of me cheers, happy for the employer who attempts to set a positive tone for workers about to start their workday.
On the other hand, though, the sign seems to send, well, a bit of a mixed message, doesn’t it? Nothing like beating someone with a baseball bat imprinted with a motivational message as a technique to motivate workers, right?
Either way, the sheer extremity of the sign makes me laugh. And that’s enough of a reason to post it as this Friday’s Funny. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Today is my daughter’s 7th Birthday. She got out of bed early and excited. She gave extra special attention to the clothes she picked out, and triple-checked her pony-tail was just so. Walking into school with her birthday cupcakes, she bounced with each step. As we approached her first-grade classroom, her teacher exclaimed “the birthday girl is here!” and her classmates shouted out in unison “Happy Birthday Gianna!” and proceeded to embrace her in a group hug. She was grinning from ear to ear the entire time, because she felt special. Continue reading