NLRB Focuses on Non-Union Employers – Should You Revisit Your Social Media Policy?

By Tyler T. Ray | Companies have gone to great lengths over the past several years to update employment handbooks and include provisions covering social media. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken a strong interest in regulating social media activity which impacts both union and non-union workers alike, perhaps as a new way to maintain its presence in the workplace as labor union membership diminishes.

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Thinking about an H-1B Visa for a prospective foreign employee? Now is the time!

By Roger W. Hood | An H-1B visa allows companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, and the annual opening date to accept applications for H-1B visas is quickly approaching. On April 1st, the window will open and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will accept non-immigrant H-1B visa applications for up to 65,000 slots for fiscal year 2014, which starts on October 1, 2013.

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Medical Marijuana – It’s Time to Light Up Your Workplace Drug Policy

By Roger W. Hood | Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut all enacted medical marijuana laws this past year, joining sixteen other states with similar legislation. Whether your company has no drug policy, a simple policy prohibiting the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, or a robust drug policy that meets federal guidelines under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, every company is affected by the new legislation.

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