Making employment law great again…?

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com We are well into the Trump administration, and despite the well-publicized paucity of Congressional legislation, there have been, and will be, significant changes in the laws that define the employer/employee relationship. Employers would be well-advised...

LGBT rights in the workplace

Does Anyone Know the Rules … and What About Religion? On the question of LGBT rights (actually, LGBTQQIAAP rights … you can look it up), federal law, the EEOC, some courts, other courts, state laws, local laws, Trump, and the military cannot seem to get on the same page....

Cybersecurity: A Seven-Step Plan For Business Survival

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com First, the bad news…  There is an evolving, insidious breed of cyberattacks that pose risks beyond the damage awards, regulatory agency fines, injunctions, and criminal sanctions I wrote about in the March 2017 Workplace Advisor....

Summer Interns: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Michael G. TrachtmanPowell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C.MEA General Counselmtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com Most of us have been there: a fresh-faced student asks – even begs – for the opportunity to do odd jobs in your workplace, for free, just to get some real-world experience. You don’t need anyone (and, in...

Cybersecurity: The Legal Risks

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com A Megabyte of Prevention is Worth a Terabyte of Cure The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee. WikiLeaks and the CIA. The monumental data breaches at Yahoo, LinkedIn, the IRS, the Department of Justice… Cybersecurity has...

Important: The EEOC Has Published Its Position On Whether Employers Must Provide Extra Unpaid Leave To Disabled Employees

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that an employer must provide a “disabled” (which is very broadly defined) employee with a reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to do his or her job.  But what...

The Presidential Election: How Will It Affect Your Workplace and Your Business?

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@poweltrachtman.com The 2016 election will be extremely consequential for businesses in general, but especially for small (i.e., under 500 employees) businesses. Setting aside the party stereotypes and the negative, sometime visceral reactions both candidates seem to...

The Secrets to Keeping Your Secret Sauce Secret

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@poweltrachtman.com   You fire your sales manager, and then find out that she downloaded to her personal computer a copy of your confidential customer and sales history database.  You hire a computer consultant who, you later...

Seven Issues You Need to Deal With, Right Now, Before the New DOL Overtime Rules Take Effect

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com This is not an overstatement:  after much anticipation, the Obama administration has officially announced new regulations that it will implement a drastic and, for many businesses, a budget-busting change to the rules that govern which...

Can A Hillary/Bernie/Donald/Ted Workplace Discussion Lead to a Workplace Lawsuit?

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com Presidential elections always provoke a heated discourse among competing points of view – that’s what fuels a democracy.  But for employers, presidential elections – especially this one, present a unique and dangerous challenge:  you will...