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5 Multi-Tasking Strategies for Business Managers

Multitasking is not really a good thing, but sometimes you can't help it.

Business managers, for example, have this problem. They often have to manage multiple projects at the same time.

Sometimes multitasking can be hazardous to your health, but there are ways for managers to do it productively. According to one multitasking work management order, here are five:

A recent first circuit appeal is testing just how buried an arbitration clause can be in an employment or services agreement.

The case involves a Lyft driver who is arguing that because the arbitration clause was buried in the fine print of the terms of service presented to him on his smartphone via the company's app, it's unconscionable to require him to arbitrate. And while that logic might be sound, courts have routinely dismissed this same sort of argument in favor of enforcing arbitration. In short, people are expected to read the terms of service, despite the fact that it is common knowledge that no one does.

On the heels of the Google walkout protesters getting one of their important demands met, Facebook announced that it too will follow Google's lead and end mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims.

Now, at both Facebook and Google, an employee bringing a sexual harassment claim has the option to proceed via arbitration or the courts. Additionally, at Facebook, a new policy was announced requiring management level employees (at director level or above) to report if they date someone within the company.

In a piece of good tech news, Google seems to have assented to at least one of the demands made by the organizers of last week's big Google walkout.

The company has decided to end mandatory arbitration for all claims of sexual harassment or assault, and make arbitration optional, at the election of the employee. Additionally, Google created a clear policy allowing employees to bring a companion with them to meetings with HR, in an effort to respond to the protesters' demand for more transparency.

3 Ways Flextime Can Work Better

Making flextime work is really a matter of perspective.

On one side, the employee wants flexibility to do things outside work. On the other side, the employer is all about getting the work done.

So now, you want us to tell you something you didn't know, right? Well, here are three ways to make flextime work better.

Should Your Company Use the Netflix 'Keeper Test'?

Nobody would complain if they had to pass a test for a job, as long as the test was fair, right?

But what about a test that an employee never gets to take? A test that determines their working fate, but they never even see?

That's how the "keeper test" works, and it's also how things work at Netflix. Should your company try it?

For some individuals, arbitration might actually be a better option than litigation. And as such, those arbitration clauses that are generally designed to make pursuing legal action more burdensome could actually backfire for employers.

In the employment context, in particular, an employee might be better served by pursuing a legal complaint via arbitration than a lawsuit due to the stigma of suing an employer and the fact that arbitration will keep the matter confidential. The potential cost saving benefits of arbitration over litigation also quickly dissipate when certain states, like California, require employers to bear the costs of arbitration. And while arbitration is generally disfavored, it can also have perks for certain employees.

Regardless of what you think about co-working spaces, WeWork has quickly scaled to becoming one of the premier providers of office space for startups, small businesses, and even independent professionals.

But despite the polished, connected, and Millennial geared lounges and work spaces, the young, hip setting is, allegedly, rife with "frat-boy culture." If you're wondering what that means, it's generally understood as a male-dominated social setting where heavy drinking is encouraged and peoples' boundaries are not respected, which is, as any lawyer would know, a recipe for employment lawsuit disaster.

Why Your Company Needs a Super Cafe

The company break room is so yesterday; today it's the super cafe.

Modern companies are giving employees a lunch space that looks more like a fast-casual restaurant. They don't have servers, but self-serve and conversation areas are part of the plan.

It's really about refreshing, social interaction. After all, just about everything goes better with good food.

Apart from answering the same question about whether it's legal or not, for in house and general counsel, it can be a real headache when a company's employees decide they want to protest.

But if it's not your company that your employees want to protest, do you really want HR disciplining employees for walking out to protest gun violence, or to show solidarity with survivors of sexual assault? Generally, in that situation, that answer is going to be no, even though no private employer is likely to face a meritorious claim of First Amendment retaliation, and especially if the harm of an employee skipping a half day of work to attend a protest isn't really costly.