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Minding Your Business on Social Media

Social media has blurred the line between personal and professional life. What can an employer do to safeguard their business? A proactive approach in which you set rules and educate your employees is best. Here are some basic guidelines: Develop guidelines regarding personal versus work-related accounts.  Address specific aspects such as photos, language and the sharing of company [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Service Animals, Allergies and the ADA

Employers have an obligation to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities under the ADA. That means that employers generally must allow the use of suitably trained service animals by their employees. But what happens when that animal causes another employee to become ill because of allergies? Can you ban the animal? The ADA requires Employers to [...]

March 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Proposed Legislation Increases Exemptions in Nebraska

LB 105 was introduced to increase many of the exemptions available to judgment debtors and debtors in bankruptcy in Nebraska. In 2016 a similar bill was introduced but the bill failed to pass in 2016 and was reintroduced this year. LB 105 makes the following changes to the Nebraska exemption statutes. The wild card exemption [...]

February 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What does employment at will really mean?

The other day I was asked, "If Nebraska is an employment at will state, why do my HR people and lawyers insist that I document everything?" Because while it is true that an employer can fire an employee for any reason, those reasons need to be non-discriminatory. In the right circumstances, every employee potentially could be [...]

February 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

Trademark law allows businesses to protect their brand from competitors. One step you can take is to register your company’s name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A registrable “mark” is a name or logo used to identify your goods or services.

January 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Protecting Your Digital Assets After Death

Many people increasingly live a part of their lives in the digital world. Many who once banked at a bank, shopped at stores, wrote letters, and flipped through photo albums now access much of their money online, order off websites, email, and store their photos on their phone, the Cloud, and Facebook. This has revolutionized the [...]

January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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New Pressure Ulcer Language, New Litigation Concerns

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) recently made changes to the terminology and system for staging pressure ulcers. The NPUAP, a multidisciplinary group of experts, changed the common term “pressure ulcer” to “pressure injury,” stating the new term is more inclusive and descriptive of both intact and ulcerated skin. Some feel that the change to “injury” [...]

January 5th, 2017|News, Retweetable|