The Female Labor Market Is Actually Stagnating

By Erika Christakis, June 04, 2013 From:  Time (online)The announcement last week that women are now the primary breadwinners in 40% of American households unleashed the usual reflexive responses. Attempting what looked like self-parody, Fox News featured an all-male quartet of pundits sputtering about the decline of women’s “natural” role. Some saw welcome progress for […]

What privacy rights to I have in the workplace?

From:  The Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2013Employers are frequently using monitoring software to make their employees more productive at work, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, part of a series about the “Tougher Workplace.”Although the Constitution speaks of a “reasonable” expectation of privacy, this is largely not applicable at private employers. […]

Before You Sign A Severance Agreement

Bertelson Law Office has a successful history of reviewing, evaluating and strategically negotiating severance agreements, “buy-out packages”, executive agreements and non-compete agreements.  We can help you assess whether the package you were offered makes sense considering the specifics of your employment. Feel free to contact us if you would like us to review your severance […]

We’ve Moved Backward in Closing the Gender Wage Gap

From:  Forbes, March 7, 2013 By:  Bryce Colvert The gender wage gap is a hot topic. So hot that President Obama’s first act when he took office was signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which give the victims of pay discrimination more time to file charges against their employers. It even came up during the presidential […]

FMLA Not Really Working For Many Employees

By Jennifer Ludden, NRP, February 5, 2013Twenty years after President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers’ rights groups say many employees still must choose between their family or their job. They’re marking the anniversary with calls to expand the law, and for Congress to pass a new one that would provide […]

Severance Agreements Should Be Carefully Scrutinized

In this age of layoffs, employees are often presented with severance agreements when terminated.  These agreements typically require individuals to release all potential employment law claims, including age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), in exchange for severance.Before signing away legal rights, severance agreements should be carefully scrutinized.  Our firm assists […]

Code Word for Age Discrimination

By:  Jessica Lappin, Published in:  The Huffington Post, January 17, 2013 New Yorkers over 55 quickly learn the open secret that “overqualified” means “too old.” The Great Recession has impacted workers of all ages, but seniors and near-seniors have been hit especially hard. New Yorkers age 55 and older who lose their jobs are out […]

Don’t Sign Away Discrimination Claims to Get Severance Pay

1/2/2013 by Michele Bowman, Lawyers.com   Trinity Health Corporation on Dec. 20 settled charges brought by the EEOC over the employer’s alleged policy of denying or delaying severance to employees who file discrimination charges after leaving their jobs. In general, employers cannot punish employees who exercise their right to file discrimination charges with the EEOC – it […]