Christopher Ward

Christopher Ward

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Food, Folks, and Franchise-Wide Liability: NLRB Signals Intent to Pound Square Joint Employer Peg Into Round Franchise Hole

A big part of what makes the franchise model of business attractive to small business owners is the opportunity to own and operate their own business, but with their entrepreneurial risk backstopped by a known regional or...more

8/12/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Fast-Food Industry Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers McDonalds NLRB Restaurant Industry Small Business Unions Wage and Hour

Now I Have to Allow Insubordination and Verbal Abuse Too?

Several weeks ago, in both a tongue-in-cheek and concerned fashioned, we wrote about a federal court decision that concluded an employer had to tolerate an employee’s admitted theft as a reasonable accommodation for her...more

6/11/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues Insubordination Policy Obscenity

Caught Snooping on Privacy Rights: Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates State Eavesdropping Law

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s long-standing eavesdropping law, placing the state into an unprecedented “no-mans-land” for the recording of private conversations. In two separate...more

4/9/2014 - Audio Recording Eavesdropping Invasion of Privacy Right to Privacy Surveillance

Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

3/19/2014 - Disability Discrimination Discrimination Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Retaliation Termination

Faster Elections, Fairer Results, So They Say – But Employers Know Better

As the next step in a series of moves that will likely confer substantial advantages to unions in organizing campaigns, the National Labor Relations Board has resurrected proposed changes to its election rules. While the...more

2/17/2014 - NLRB Union Elections Unions

Back in Business: The NLRB Is Once Again a Party of Five

On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Senate voted to confirm all five of President Obama’s nominees to the NLRB to avoid a major showdown over Senate procedural rules regarding approval of executive appointments....more

8/7/2013 - Confirmation Proceedings NLRA NLRB Political Appointments

Are Confidential AND Enforceable FLSA Settlements on the Horizon?

For many years, the traditional practice has been that settlements of claims brought, and waivers of claims arising, under the FLSA required approval either from the Department of Labor (DOL) or a court. This rationale has...more

3/13/2013 - DOL FLSA Settlement

DOL Marks Two Decades of the FMLA With Finalized Rules and a Survey Report Lauding the Law’s Effectiveness

This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) marked the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by issuing a final rule (Rule) creating two expanded protections under the FMLA....more

2/12/2013 - Airline Employees DOL Flight Crews FMLA Military Caregiver Leave Paid Leave Veterans

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