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I promised last week to give you real case examples of non-compete agreements that were found to violate antitrust laws. You may recall that the problem arises more often when businesses enter into agreements not to compete with each other, or not to take each other’s employees. Click here if you missed last week’s post so you can get up to speed. In the meantime, let’s take a look at those cases, and then let’s talk about how you might be able to stop your competitors from taking your employees… Click here to read the entire post on The EmpLAWyerologist…

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A NIGHT AT THE RACES

Posted by Janet Pfeiffer on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blog, The Human Race

When I was younger I must have fallen asleep for twenty years like Rip Van Winkle. Then when I awoke, somewhere in adulthood, I noticed a most unusual evolving phenomenon: in a world where only two distinct races existed (black and white) there were now Hispanics, Asians, Latinos, and others.  Over the next several decades, more and more groups of people were being classified as such. A recent internet search uncovered an anthropologist named Carleton S. Coon who, a mere fifty years ago, decided to divide humankind into four major races: white/Caucasian, Mongoloid/Asian, Negroid/Black, and Australoid (sounds like something from

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The term “Diamond Formation Leader” originates from the diamond shape that is achieved when four airplanes fly in perfect formation position in three-dimensional space. I had the good fortune to be part of these diamond formations during my military aviation career. As you know by now those four corners are: ·         Collaboration ·         Team Building ·         Cultural Sensitivity ·         Globalization Today we focus on the first layer of Team Building and Team. It really starts with the selection of the right team members. In some cases as you get promoted and move up in the ladder of responsibility and authority

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Well, the results are in. The people — or rather the Electoral College– has spoken. Donald Trump will be our new President in January 2017. Many are writing and speculating about the impact a Trump presidency can be expected to have on businesses and employers. Mr. Trump will have the ability to impact several key government entities, such as the Department of Labor, the EEOC, the U.S. Supreme Court, that in turn stand to impact many issues of great concern to employers.  Since the NLRB seems to have been the most outspoken and aggressive agency however, I thought we would

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A CEO I was working with recently mentioned something powerful to his executive team.  Of all the leaders he had let go in his career, he never wished he had waited longer before taking action. In fact, he realized he had sometimes waited too long before taking action. This insightful message reminded me of a very unique word I had heard years earlier that describes a person’s performance.  The term was “whelming.”  Some leaders can be underwhelming, performing below expectations, and others can be overwhelming, delivering amazing levels of value to the organization.  Then there are some who are just

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The BLAME Game

Posted by Janet Pfeiffer on January 01, 2000
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Category : Blame, Blog

When something goes wrong in your life, who do you blame? “I’m in so much debt because the economy is bad and everything is so expensive. It’s not my fault” “My mother always criticized me when I was a child. That’s why I suffer from low self esteem and make so many bad choices.” Sadly, many people hold others accountable for what isn’t working in their life. Things are a mess and rather than take ownership they blame others. What they don’t realize is that blame robs them of personal power. Just take a look at the word itself: BLAME.

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Whether or not last week’s election results surprised you, they do portend some significant changes in the near future. I doubt you need me to tell you that Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama have differing views on, well, pretty much everything. At least it seems that way. Some of the changes coming are likely to impact employers. Perhaps one of the biggest concerns for employers before the election was the new overtime rules, set to go into effect on December 1. Click here for review.  Now what? Do you still have to follow these rules? Do you still need to be concerned about overtime

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“Idiots” are simply people like you and I who are struggling with unresolved personal issues ranging from low self-esteem to ego, insecurity to poor impulse control and more. While it is acceptable to regard the behavior as idiotic, it is never permissible to label the individual as such. People are inherently good but each of us at times acts out in an obnoxious or difficult manner. As you know, I do not make excuses or condone bad behavior but I do practice being understanding and non-judgmental of it. When arguing with a person acting in an idiotic manner, here are

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So, it looks like the joke’s on me. After all I did just say in last week’s post (click here if you missed it) that even with Trump taking office you still need to pay attention to the new overtime rules. So naturally, yesterday a federal judge, from the Eastern District of Texas, in Nevada v US Department of Labor issued a preliminary nationwide injunction temporarily stopping the new overtime rules from going into effect. Wait. What? Can a judge from Texas do that? What happened and how did it happen? That’s what we’re going to find out… Click here to read the entire

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I used to pride myself on being sensitive. The problem was I was easily hurt by the things other people said to me. I lived in a chronic state of pain which lead to a lifetime of unhappiness and low self-esteem. But the alternative (being cold and aloof) was less appealing so I resigned myself to a life of sorrow. But as I got older and more comfortable with myself, the criticisms and negative comments of others became less problematic for me. I realized that words have no power other than what I assign to them. The word stupid for

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