George Patterson

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LIRR Strike Averted, but Employers Should Remain Aware of Wage and Hour Requirements When Outside Events Prevent Workers From...

Recently, union leaders at the Long Island Railroad and representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally reached a deal to avoid a strike. If a strike had occurred, businesses would have faced a...more

7/31/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Strike Unions Wage and Hour Wages

California Supreme Court Nixes Certification Denial Ruling Against Newspaper Carriers Classified as Independent Contractors

The California Supreme Court recently held that a trial court needed to revisit its class certification decision regarding newspaper carriers who alleged that they should have been classified as employees rather than...more

7/17/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification News Corp Wage and Hour

Wait, Now I Can’t Fire My Employees For Stealing? California Federal Court Holds Application of Anti-Grazing Policy to Diabetic...

A California Federal court recently permitted a disability discrimination claim to proceed to a jury trial in a lawsuit alleging that Walgreens unlawfully terminated a diabetic employee for violating its “anti-grazing” policy...more

6/24/2014 - ADA Disability Disability Discrimination EEOC Theft Walgreens

Waivers of Age Discrimination Claims in Reduction in Force Cases Continue to Face Intense Scrutiny

A Federal court in Colorado recently permitted a former employee to advance an age discrimination claim despite his prior execution of a severance and release agreement after his employment ended in connection with a...more

5/30/2014 - Age Discrimination Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Involuntary Reduction in Force OWBPA Release Agreements Severance Agreements Termination

Does the Employment Relationship Convert to At-Will Upon Expiration of an Employment Agreement’s Term? Failure to Consider this...

Many employers are surprised to learn that the employment relationship does not automatically convert to “at-will” when an employee’s fixed employment term expires. Instead, when asking for clarification on this issue,...more

4/30/2014 - At-Will Employment Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Fixed-Term Labor Contracts Hiring & Firing

Employers Using Medical History in Hiring Decisions Take Notice: The EEOC is Watching

Two recent victories for the EEOC should remind employers that rejecting a job applicant over a medical condition, even when the condition appears directly related to job performance, can expose the employer to serious legal...more

4/29/2014 - ADA Disability EEOC Job Applicants Medical Records

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