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Christian Schappel

Christian’s work has been featured prominently in several Philadelphia-area newspapers, business publications and websites. His career started at Journal Register Company where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Tribune, a newspaper serving Southeastern Pennsylvania.
After joining Progressive Business Publications (the parent company of Catalyst Media and HR Morning), he moved into the niche information publishing market.
He has covered the HR and Benefits fields for the past five years, serving as Editor-in-Chief and then Managing Editor of What’s New in Benefits and Compensation, a print newsletter for Benefit pros. He’s now a proud part of the HR Morning editorial staff.
Christian has written several white papers for upper-level executives covering topics such as healthcare reform and wellness programs. He is also a frequent guest on the Las Vegas-based radio show Computer Outlook, where he discusses new technology and its impact on businesses.
He graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English and minored in Print Media.
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Friendly court reminder: Policies can’t stop workers from talking about pay

By now, most savvy companies know they can’t bar employees from discussing such things as salaries and working conditions. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some companies out there that try to do it anyway. 

Age bias lawsuit: Little white lies about worker’s departure come back to haunt employer

Sometimes employers feel the need to fib a little about why an employee is leaving the company – to avoid damaging morale.

Pot in the workplace: New ruling will spark drug policy changes

Another court has handed down a ruling on a company’s drug policy, and courts now seem to be sending a very clear message to employers: Don’t automatically terminate marijuana users with legal prescriptions just because they failed a drug test.

Yes, one word can create a hostile work environment — especially, if it’s this word

All it takes is a single “extreme isolated act of discrimination” by a manager or supervisor to get your company sued for creating a hostile work environment, a court just ruled.

Do you have to accommodate ADD sufferers? Court says …

HR pros know they have to be open to accommodating individuals with disabilities under the ADA. But does the same apply to those with ADD or ADHD? 

No, ‘obsessive stalking’ isn’t ADA-protected

Attention, victims of failed workplace romances: If you’re thinking of stalking your ex, don’t expect to be covered under the ADA. Here’s a lawsuit you have to see to believe. 

ADA: Did company have to accommodate needle-phobic pharmacist when job changed?

There’s a lot of pressure on employers to accommodate individuals who fall under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The day hugging died: Ruling says it’s time for a new office policy

As human beings, we hoped this day would never come. But as HR pros, we all thought it would. And now it has arrived: the day when hugging in the workplace dies. 

ACA repeal bill nixed: What’s next for healthcare reform, employers?

The Republican’s best attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to date has been axed. Where does that leave employers, and what can they expect next? 

6 words turned age bias lawsuit into a $922K payout

A western PA-based employer probably regrets that one of its managers uttered just six words to a shift supervisor.