"Outlaw" is a strong word; unless you have a company cell phone, your company can't tell you what apps you can or can't use at work. However, your company can require you to use these apps on your own time and not for company purposes. At the very least, you need to be on the lookout for company policies that restrict the use of certain apps and understand how they can affect you and your position before you become the person who gets to be the example.
Working as a contractor can sound like a dream-until it becomes a nightmare. Sure, not being constrained to work at a certain place and time sounds nice, but it can come with a price, and the price may not simply be higher taxes for you.
Recently a contractor in Washington D.C. made headlines when she asked for maternity leave and was fired shortly after.
Under Federal law, there are no specific prohibitions on discrimination of homosexual and transgender individuals based on their sexuality. But the EEOC is expanding interpretation of existing anti-discrimination understanding.
The White House recently added a gender-neutral bathroom, and that rankled a few of the administration's critics. But it lead some smaller employers to a bigger question: Is this something that is required of every workplace in order to accommodate future employees?
There are certain things we know that employers are not allowed to ask at an interview. They can't ask about your family life, your religion, your race or sexual preference. Asking any of these questions could indicate intent to discriminate based on your answers, which is the whole point of an interview, right? To decide whether or not to hire someone based on his or her responses.
At work, causal conversation can come back to haunt you, especially if you're a supervisor. As much as employees may feel like "at-will employment" is a carte blanche to fire anyone anytime, without reason, there are limits. And when past behavior paints a picture of discriminatory behavior, you can't hide behind the at-will employment banner.
Ask any commuting cyclist: The rules change when you commute on your bike. Not only are you more exposed to accident an injury, you also don't have your car insurance to protect you in the event of an accident.
Social media policies are constantly changing as the law regarding what constitutes protected speech and what is not protected becomes clear.
Twenty-five years ago in July, the Americans with Disabilities Act was made into law in order to provide clear standards to address the discrimination against those with disabilities.