Edward F. Harold

Edward F. Harold

Fisher & Phillips LLP

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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

12/3/2014 - Employer Liability Issues PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Retailers SCOTUS

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

9/9/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Cell Phones Data Protection Employer Liability Issues Mobile Devices Privacy Concerns Reimbursements Retailers Text Messages

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

6/11/2014 - Appearance Policy Dress Codes EEOC Workplace Attire

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

3/6/2014 - ADA Disability Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues OSHA

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

12/11/2013 - ADA Affordable Care Act Compliance Criminal Background Checks Disability EEOC FMLA Healthcare Malicious Prosecution Paid Leave Reasonable Accommodation Recordkeeping Requirements Retailers

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

9/4/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Disparate Impact EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan Title VII

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

6/10/2013 - Discrimination EEOC Harassment OSHA Retailers Vendors Willful Misconduct Workplace Romances

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

6/6/2013 - Hiring & Firing Hospitality Industry Seasonal Workers Temporary Employees

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

12/8/2012 - Retail Market Seasonal Employment

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