Howard Mavity

Howard Mavity

Fisher & Phillips LLP

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The New Union-Organizing Tool - Embarrassment

Unions and other third parties have never before so heavily used public embarrassment as a means of organizing employees. The key to union organizing is to find a disgruntled employee who will serve as a leader and capitalize...more

9/10/2014 - DOL Hyatt NLRB OSHA Trucking Industry Union Elections Unions Wage and Hour

Hospitality Update, No. 4, December 2013: Wash Your *!&# Hands! Employers And The Flu

Almost 4.1 million employees missed work due to illness last January, which was the most since 2008. Even worse, the four-month peak season lasted through March, so the numbers continued to add up. Some years, absences...more

12/4/2013 - ADA EEOC Hospitality Industry Sick Leave Vaccinations

Labor Letter - November 2013: How To Manage An OSHA Inspection

Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why an employer should take certain steps. Readers already know to take photos whenever the Compliance Officer takes...more

11/6/2013 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Inspections OSHA

Labor Letter, October 2013: Do I Have To Treat My Employees Like Kids? Uh… Sometimes

The question of “do I have to actually make my employees wear PPE” made it all the way to the full Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) last year. In the case of Custom Built Marine Construction,...more

10/1/2013

Labor Letter, June 2013: Why Would Employees Tease About Nooses In 2013?

It was surprising and disappointing to read about a punitive damages award against a North Carolina employer who allegedly tolerated employees referring to an African-American coworker as a “coon” and offering him a hangman’s...more

6/4/2013 - Discrimination EEOC Punitive Damages Racial Discrimination Workplace Bullying

Labor Letter - April 2013: Cussing Out Your Employee May Get You Sued…By OSHA?

Hopefully you’re already aware of the continuing escalation of all forms of whistleblower and retaliation claims, including under the 20+ Anti-Retaliation laws enforced by special investigators from OSHA’s Whistleblower...more

4/5/2013 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions OSHA Whistleblowers Workplace Violence

Labor Letter, March 2013: Pyrrhic Victories

King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Roman army in the battle of Asculum, but at great cost. His comment, “Another such victory would utterly undo me,” applies to employment litigation....more

3/5/2013 - Anti-Harassment Policies Discrimination EEOC Sex Discrimination Title VII

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