This issue of Take 5 encapsulates the incredible breadth of societal changes and challenges facing the entire retail workplace. The topics addressed below reflect a microcosm of the many issues currently facing our overall society, covering growing political activism in the workplace, increasing expectations to accommodate religious beliefs, otherwise outrageous employee speech that may very well enjoy protection under the law, and the ever-increasing requirements for criminal background checks enacted piecemeal by states and cities. These extremely topical subjects often tap into broader emotionally charged concerns encountered by retailers.
We also address the ever-timely issue of wage and hour classification, in this case, focusing on the classification of assistant store managers.
The articles in this Take 5 include:
- Managing Employees’ Political and Social Activism in the Workplace
- Religious Accommodation: Handling Unusual Requests
- Second Circuit Agrees with NLRB That Employee’s Vulgar Facebook Tirade Against Manager Is Protected Concerted Activity
- Increasing Criminal Background Check Requirements Pose Challenges for National Retailers
- Correctly Classifying Assistant Store Managers to Avoid Wage and Hour Misclassification Claims