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August 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. August was no...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

The I-9: How Much Trouble Can One Piece Of Paper Cause?

No new hire has ever been accused of enjoying the time spent filling out the myriad forms they must execute at the outset of their employment. Likewise, it would be a curious manager who listed “helping new hires with...more

The New And Evolving Standard For Accommodating Pregnant Employees

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued a March 2015 decision creating a new standard for how employers should accommodate pregnant employees, retailers took notice. After all, approximately 50% of retail employees are female, and...more

The NLRB, Franchisees, And Temporary Employees

The retail industry, due to the seasonal nature of its business, has often bolstered its workforces with temporary employees through employment agencies. This arrangement works as an efficient way for employers to manage the...more

Criminal Activity At Work Can Land Retailers In Hot Water

Recent workplace violence incidents have driven some employers to take steps to minimize the risk of criminal behavior at their locations. Whether it is beefing up physical security measures on premises, installing...more

On-Call Scheduling Under Attack

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its annual report on productivity and costs for the retail trade industry, and there’s good news and bad news for retailers. The good news is that, for 2014, productivity in...more

Retailers Should Heed Supreme Court Guidance On Religion

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court held that retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch committed religious discrimination by refusing to hire an applicant (EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, read Alert here). The company believed...more

Swatting Gnats

Since the early 2000s, the buzzing gnats of employment litigation involving retailers have been individual Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuits. Whether brought for unpaid overtime, working through lunches, or working off...more

Supreme Court (Sort of) Allows Courts To Review EEOC Mediation Efforts

Wednesday, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s statutory duty to conciliate to remedy a Title VII violation prior to filing a lawsuit on the violation is subject to some level...more

Federal Wage Claims? That's The Easy Part!

Retailers are all too familiar with collective actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) making claims for unpaid overtime based on alleged misclassification of employees as exempt, working off the clock, or not...more

Goodbye – Come Back Soon!

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering the issue of whether under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, an employer who provides light-duty work to some employees, (such as those injured on the job) but not to all...more

Texting For Business On Personal Cell Phones

In the last few years, many industries and companies have been coming to grips with the problems posed by employees using their personal phones, tablets, or laptops for business uses. The recognition of the need to develop...more

What An Interesting Nose Ring – Now Take It Out

Many retailers consider the professional appearance of their staff to be a significant aspect of their customers’ shopping experience. Unkempt, unclean, and unfriendly employees create negative impressions that injure the...more

Partying In The Store

The cost of bad behavior in the workplace can be significant and assorted. Bad behavior damages morale, results in a loss to a company’s profits, jeopardizes safety, and diminishes productivity. Use of drugs and alcohol – or...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2013: New Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014

The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 3, September 2013: EEOC Loses (Again) On Criminal-Background Checks

Last year, we wrote about the EEOC’s then-new guidance on the use of criminal-background checks in hiring decisions. [“Using Conviction Records As A Screening Tool,” Retail Industry Update, June 2012]. In December 2012, the...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 2, June 2013: Handling Misconduct By (Someone Else's) Employees

In “Legally Blonde,” Reese Witherspoon’s hairdresser catches the eye of her crush, the sexy delivery driver. In spite of starting with an awkward misfire with the hairdresser smacking the delivery driver in the nose, the...more

Hospitality Update, No. 2, June 2013: Lessons Learned from Sports: Improve Your Team Every Year

Seasonal hiring is critical to the hospitality industry’s ability to provide service in peak seasons. Whether it is the rush of the winter ski season or the crowded summer months at the beach, employers’ needs fluctuate...more

Retail Industry Update, No. 4, December 2012: Upgrading Through Free Agency: Seasonal Hires In A Down Economy

Seasonal hiring is a critical element of retailers to successfully maximize sales and profits over the holidays. Increased crowds of shoppers require additional staff to provide quality customer service. With the competition...more

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