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Elizabeth C. Tippett

Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon


Quitting Your Job or Thinking about Joining the ‘Great Resignation’? Here’s What An Employment Lawyer Advises

A record number of Americans are quitting their jobs. But before you opt to join them, you should consider the risks and costs.


Vaccine Mandates Aren’t the Only – or Easiest – Way for Employers to Compel Workers to Get Their Shots

Can companies legally require workers to get vaccinated? Employers have gotten so good at finding ways to get employees to comply with their policies that it may not matter.


Fired for Storming the Capitol? Why Most Workers Aren’t Protected for What They Do on Their Own Time

The vast majority of U.S. workers are deemed "at will" which means they can be fired at any time, without notice, and for any reason.


COVID-19: as Offices Reopen, Here’s What to Expect if You’re Worried about Getting Sick on the Job

Tens of millions of Americans who have been telecommuting during the pandemic are beginning to head back to the office – even though COVID-19 remains a threat.


Worried About Accidentally Harassing a Woman? Don’t Be.

The backlash has given way to a simmering male anxiety that an innocuous comment could lead to a sexual harassment accusation


Why Saying ‘OK Boomer’ at Work Is Considered Age Discrimination – but Millennial Put-Downs Aren’t

An employment law expert explains why you shouldn't use an age-related insult at work to demean an older colleague.


What Michael Cohen’s Betrayal Reveals About Our Messed-up Workplace Loyalties

Cohen's sudden and stark transformation from 'blind loyalty' to utter betrayal says a lot about broader changes in how Americans view their employers.


Trump Snubs Ethical Norms Because We Have Forgotten Why They Matter

We haven't had a major government ethics scandal since Watergate, which means Americans have forgotten how bad it can be. That's why Trump may end up accidentally reminding us.


Why President-elect Trump Doesn’t Think He Has a Conflict of Interest Problem

The president-elect doesn't think his extensive business and other conflicts will be a problem when he's president. Research suggests it's because of a behavioral bias that affects us all.