Employment Blog

How the Performance Review Can Make or Break Your Discrimination Case and What to do About It.

April 12, 2016 by Julie A. Uebler, Esq. Although there always seems to be a new opinion out there on how or whether to implement the annual performance review, it’s hard to imagine the modern workplace without some sort of performance evaluation system. The way in which Human Resources teams structure, and supervisors implement, performance…

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Intuition or Discrimination? Confronting Our Unconscious Biases at Work

January 30, 2016 by Julie A. Uebler, Esq. The topic of “unconscious” or “implicit” bias has received an increasing level of attention as the research on this topic has expanded.  Back in 2005, Malcolm Gladwell introduced us to the importance of “rapid cognition” in Blink, and wrestled with the question of whether acting on such…

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Contractor Status? Make Sure It’s Right For You

October 20, 2015 by Julie A. Uebler, Esq. Since the California Labor Commission’s decision in June that a driver for Uber was an employee entitled to reimbursement of certain business expenses, and not an independent contractor, we have seen a lot of commentary about the prevalence of worker misclassification in the United States. Hiring employees,…

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The Risks and Rewards of Shifting from Fitting into Speaking Out May 1, 2014 by Julie A. Uebler, Esq. I resisted reading Lean In after it was first published last year, put off by the initial commentary which characterized Sheryl Sandberg’s philosophy as “blaming” women for not getting ahead.  Since my day job as an…

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A New Year’s Checklist for Every Employee

January 7, 2014 by Julie A. Uebler, Esq. As a lawyer who represents individuals in connection with their employment issues, I often provide advice to employees who are considering the terms of a new employment relationship.  At that point in the process, the client and the new company are usually thrilled to have found each…

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When Will They Ever Learn? 9 Things Employers Can Do (Or Stop Doing) to Decrease The Risk of Employment Litigation

December 12, 2012 by Julie A. Uebler, Esq. During the years when I represented employers, there were always a few common sense things I advised my clients to do to minimize the risk of employment-related litigation.  For example, managers should avoid giving inflated performance reviews because those positive ratings will be hard to explain if…

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