About Nancy McDermott

Nancy McDermott
JD, Legal Editor
Phone: 8605100100

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Nancy R. McDermott has more than 17 years’ experience as a legal writer and editor. She writes and edits The Personnel Advisor, a human resources reference manual covering state and federal employment laws that assists employers in complying with their legal obligations and provides quick answers to commonly asked questions in any workplace. She also publishes The Personnel Advisor e-newsletters and is responsible for the design, development, and data maintenance of the Personnel Advisor HR website. She has also worked as a Court Watch Research Analyst for Texas Watch, a grass-roots organization, and for the Texas Legal Services Center, conducting legal research. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her law degree from Vermont Law School.

Recent articles by Nancy McDermott

  • Raising the Bar: Eliminating 'Unconscious Bias' in the Workplace

    “Unconscious bias” is a workplace term we often hear discussed these days by HR professionals and legal experts. Many people are unsure of the exact meaning of this term or they think it is some new age concept or perhaps the latest buzzword describing a new form of discrimination in the workplace. Actually, it’s neither. The fact is, unconscious bias is present in all of us and it has been around for as long as humans (and workplaces) have existed.

  • New California Laws and HR Trends for 2017 and Beyond

    Each year, California employers are faced with the task of keeping up with a whole new round of labor laws and regulations, most of them courtesy of the state legislature. This year is no exception, with many changes occurring midyear. Staying up to date and ensuring compliance with these ever-changing state, local, and federal laws is an ongoing and serious responsibility for employers and HR professionals. Fortunately, there is help.

  • Court Affirms Confidentiality Agreement Is Unlawful

    Although confidentiality agreements that prohibit employees from discussing their salaries, benefits, or internal disciplinary investigations with other employees may sound reasonable, such policies generally violate federal labor law. A recent decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Phoenix hospital’s confidentiality agreement was unlawfully restrictive of employees’ Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

  • Pennsylvania legalizes medical marijuana use: What does it mean for employers?

    Last April, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which legalizes the use of medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania. The new law will allow patients with serious medical conditions to access medical marijuana with a physician’s certification at designated state dispensaries.

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