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Beth Lincow Cole

Beth Cole’s Legal Guides

25 total

  • Is Your Vacation Policy in Place?

    Summertime is a time of year when many employees enjoy their much anticipated vacation. Vacations can be a wonderful way for employees to take time to refresh and spend time with family. For employers, however, employee vacations can present problems, including scheduling a...

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  • Take Action Now regarding Your Employees’ Personal Email and Text Communications on Your Property

    Are employers permitted to read employee email and text communications performed at the workplace? What if employees use personal email accounts? What about text messages using personal devices? A RECENT NJ RULING IMPACTS EMAIL PRIVACY: A recent New Jersey Supreme Court rul...

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  • NLRB Takes Action Involving Employee Fired for Facebook Posts

    This matter has generated a lot of discussion. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against a Connecticut company alleging that it illegally fired an employee who posted negative comments about her supervisor on her Facebook page. The NLRB complai...

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  • Pennsylvania Courts Must Consider Broader Circumstances When Determining Enforceability of Non-Compe

    A new ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court says that courts must look beyond the reason why an employee was fired in determining whether or not a non-compete agreement is enforceable. In Missett v. Hub International Pennsylvania, LLC, the Pennsylvania Superior Court rule...

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  • Pennsylvania Construction Workplace Misclassification Act Compliance

    In October 2010 Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law Pennsylvanias new Construction Workplace Misclassification Act (CWMA), which places new regulations on construction companies operating in Pennsylvania and further delineates the difference between an independent contra...

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  • Employee Handbook Best Practices: An Introduction

    Employee handbooks or manuals are a critical component of an effective personnel management program. Therefore, it is important for employers to be familiar with the legal guidelines for drafting, revising, and disseminating employee handbooks. This post is the first in a serie...

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  • Living in an Employer’s Market

    For a few years now, headlines have blared about mass layoffs, company downsizing and a shift to hiring overseas. Even though the nations unemployment rate has dipped recently, there remain a disproportionate number of people who are unemployed or underemployed as they feverishly...

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  • Termination Do’s and Don’ts for New Jersey Employers

    Employers or supervisors often see termination as the worst part of their job. With this in mind, here are some tips to make the process a bit less painful and avoid any future legal repercussions. Make sure that the basis for the termination is properly documented. This is the ...

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  • Should Employers Use Credit Checks in the Hiring Process?

    Conducting a credit check is a fairly common pre-employment tool used by employers to screen out applicants who may be unreliable or untrustworthy. However, in the current economic climate, the process of checking an applicants credit history is receiving heightened scrutiny ...

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  • Case Highlight: Non-Conventional Treatment Under the FMLA

    In Tayag v. Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found that an employee's seven-week leave of absence to accompany her husband on a "spiritual healing trip" did not constitute medical care within the meaning of the Family and Medical Leave ...

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