Dr. Gear Tells Probate Clerks "Follow The Golden Rule!"
On September 10, 2013 Dr. Gear gave a speech to the Alabama Chief Probate Clerk's Conference on the basics of Labor Law.
In the speech, Dr. Gear advised the clerks that the best way to avoid expensive litigation is to follow the Golden Rule. "Despite
shifts in the law, we can take comfort in this stable reality: there are fundamental
principles that effective employers follow when addressing workplace issues. These
fundamentals are easy to understand and are the foundation of all labor laws.
In essence, effective employers and supervisors adhere to the “golden rule” taught
in our homes, our schools, and at our churches." She continued "
submit that all our laws are based upon Judeo-Christian Laws. It is then appropriate to consider the
words of a great teacher. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave this advice to
those who had gathered to hear him speak. I think it is good advice no matter
where you stand on his divinity. In Matthew 5:25-26, Jesus said:
matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you
are still together on the way to court, for your adversary may hand you over to
the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be
thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid
the last penny.”
think the only way to defend their rights as an employee is to take their
employer to court. If there is no litigation, there will be no justice. They
really feel it is just that simple. You and I know, there is a middle way and
it is the better way. With solid reporting procedures in your chain of command
and policies that enforce accountability, you can head expensive problems off
before they reach the courthouse. Alternate enforcement routes allow employee
and employer to meet in a private setting and solve ongoing disputes by availing
themselves of the remedies put in place to ensure that fair labor practices are
the norm in probate court.
You are called upon each day to deal with
reasonable people and unreasonable people. In all instances please be
reasonable and remember the “golden rule” is a steady guide. "
Below is the transcript of the full speech.