Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!

The NLRB has once again ch-ch-ch-ch-changed the compliance date for their new poster, pushing it back three months, from January 31, 2012 to April 30, 2012. Imagine that.

For more on this change from our partners at Fisher & Phillips, click here.

Again, we will continue to monitor Postergeddon and will have a new 7-in-1 combined federal poster ready and available as soon as we are sure that you will actually need one.

Take your pick of “Changes” musical accompaniment as you contemplate the odds that this is not the last ch-ch-ch-ch-change.

Black Sabbath

Bowie

Tupac

Yes

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Holidays are over- but the stress never ends

Congratulations!  You’ve successfully made it through the holidays with your in-laws without having an aneurism.  Unfortunately, we all know that just because the holidays are over, does not mean the stress is gone.  And while the extra bourbon in your eggnog may have helped you survive a few days with your new family, the sad truth is: eggnog is seasonal.

So, what can you do to fight workplace stress year round?  TruYuu and TLNT put together a nice little list (and infographic) for tips to help avoid becoming burnt out on the job.  Below are our top three favorites:

  • Sing a tune
  • Make friends
  • Take a vacation

If your voice is anything like mine, I suggest you leave the singing to Maroon 5. To see all 9 tips, click here!

One piece of business — To post or not to post, and when

So you know that new poster, the one you were supposed to have up by November 14, make that January 31? Well, a judge has suggested that the NLRB delay it again. As we said last week, we will keep you posted on the poster posting, and will have whatever you need in time for you to have it where you need it. Give us a call at 866-439-2227 and we will put you on the poster list ($10 for the new 7-in-1 federal poster) and make sure to keep you off the naughty list, for next year that is.

Workplace bullying. And how to maintain it.

If you’re anything like me, you are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to effectively justify bullying in the workplace. And if you are not like me, your employment will most likely endure the next fiscal year.

However, if you would like to learn how to recognize the tendencies used to rationalize workplace bullying, I’ve got just the article for you.

In the article, “The 7 Ways Organizations Justify Bullying in The Workplace,” you will learn – in a surprising, almost Shyamalanian twist – 7 ways companies justify workplace bullying.

In the article, you’ll learn to recognize phrases that suggest someone may be defending a bully, such as:

  • “He’s just under a lot of stress.”
  • “It’s easier to keep him than to find a replacement.”
  • “Ron’s skills are so valuable we can’t afford to lose him.”

To read the article, click…there. (How Shyamalanian of me.)

ICE, ICE, baby

Stop, collaborate, and listen – because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is back with a brand new centralized facility and a revived lust for fines that can only be matched by an entity that carries with it an equal or even greater lust for fines.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Here are some numbers to give you an idea:

  • ICE has undertaken 3,015 investigations so far this fiscal year.
  • This number is an increase of 154% over inspections initiated in the 2008 fiscal year.
  • ICE has fined employers $9 million so far this year.

It would seem the people at ICE are taking their jobs seriously nowadays. (And seriously, who does that?) Especially with their new Employment Compliance Inspection Center (ECIC), which, to quote the soon-to-be-linked article directly, “appears to be fully operational.” (And fully staffed with storm troopers.)

To learn more about this veritable Death Star of immigration and employment law, click here to read, “New Wave of I-9 Audits Looming” by our partners at Ogletree Deakins.