A Parting Pastoral Letter: Lessons from My Five Years at ELI

  If you treat people right, they will want to come to work – and when they do, they’ll be more productive. And when they’re more productive, your business will be more profitable. It’s a philosophy that ELI® has stood on for over 20 years. I may not be the person with the highest business acumen, but for the past five years I’ve worked hard for a

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FMLA Leave May Be Taken by Employees Serving as Parents, Even If Not the Biological Parents or Legal Guardians

Posted by Constance A. Waters, Esq. (General Counsel) This week the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation of the definition of “son or daughter” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The interpretation will permit individuals who serve in the role of a parent to take leave upon the birth or adoption of a son or daughter or to care for a son or

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Affirmatively Defenseless: Avoiding Workplace Blowouts

Ask senior executives to assess the risk in a business matter and many will turn first to their lawyers for guidance. They’ll seek a legal opinion on topics ranging from employment decisions, to work practices, to product development, to financial transactions to manufacturing processes. In our litigious society where legal costs and damages can be crippling, this makes sense.  Skilled lawyers can quickly identify legal

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Announcing a New Contest: Best Places to Get Work Done

Do a quick Google search for “Best Places to Work,” and you’ll turn up an astonishing 92 million results, including Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Employers, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and Best Places to Work in Federal Government.  Scroll down and you’ll see a best companies list for just about every major city in America. For the organizations lucky enough to find a highly coveted

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Values Trump Laws for Risk Management

Legal protections and the threat of financial damages clearly were not enough to prevent the recent catastrophic explosions on the BP deep-sea rig and in Massey Coal’s doomed mine. Initially, the penalties imposed on BP were said to be limited to $75 million, a pittance compared to the vast wealth of sea-bottom treasure anticipated by successful drilling. In the case of Massey Coal, the company successfully

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How Do We Keep Civil Treatment Alive After Our Training?

Two ELI clients recently asked me, “What does your company offer to refresh the Civil Treatment® learning we’ve just done?” or “What workplace ethics and compliance training should we provide next?” In some cases, these questions are prompted by new regulatory initiatives such as the Department of Labor’s new Plan/Prevent/Protect compliance strategy. For these clients, the immediate solution may be Wage & Hour-FLSA training. For other HR executives, the more

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