John Rodgers

John Rodgers

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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Tennessee Takes Shot at NLRB in New Law Limiting Franchisor Liability

Franchisors in Tennessee can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to a newly enacted state statute that seeks to limit their potential liability and strike back at the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board....more

6/17/2015 - Chamber of Commerce DOL Franchise Agreements Franchisee International Franchise Association Joint Employers Liability Lobbying McDonalds New Legislation NLRB Waiver of Liability

Hold Your Fire: Tennessee Bars Employers from Terminating Employees for Complying with ‘Guns-in-Trunks’

Earlier this month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a law prohibiting employers from firing employees for complying with the state’s “guns-in-trunks” statute. The new law creates another exception to Tennessee’s...more

4/22/2015 - At-Will Employment Employer Liability Issues Governor Haslam Guns-in-Trunks Legislation Hiring & Firing New Legislation

Uber, Lyft “Employee or Independent Contractor” Cases Provide Classification Lessons for All Employers

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As our “on-demand” society continues to develop and services are offered in ever new and more convenient ways, businesses must remain mindful of the traditional factors...more

3/18/2015 - Class Action Corporate Counsel Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Lyft Misclassification Popular Uber

‘Guns in Trunks’ and Franchisor Liability Highlight Proposed Tennessee Employment Law Changes

Barring the firing of an employee for legally bringing a firearm to work and liability protection for franchisors highlight the employment law proposals on the Tennessee legislature’s agenda for this year. ...more

3/4/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Franchises Guns-in-Trunks Legislation Liability Pending Legislation

Tennessee’s New Social Media Law Gives Employers Dos and Don’ts Regarding Employee Privacy

All Tennessee employers and their agents must now comply with the “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014,” a new law that prohibits employers from asking their employees for their usernames and passwords to social media sites,...more

1/6/2015 - Corporate Counsel Email Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Facebook New Legislation Online Privacy Protection Act Passwords Popular Social Media Social Media Policy Social Networks

Tennessee AG: Guns in Trunks Constitutional

Tennessee’s “guns-in-trunks” law is constitutional and enforceable, according to a recent opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. In 2013, the Tennessee legislature passed and Governor Bill Haslam signed...more

10/27/2014 - Employee Rights Guns-in-Trunks Legislation

Shootin’ Blanks: Tennessee Appeals Court Dismisses Officer’s Whistleblower Suit Over Live Ammo’s (Almost) Use

Reminder to Tennessee whistleblowers and employers: a Tennessee Public Protection Act (“TPPA”) suit only works if the purported whistleblower has a reasonable belief that what occurred was actually illegal. To prevail...more

9/18/2014 - Ammunition Appeals Illegal Conduct Whistleblowers

Tennessee: Undocumented Worker Has Standing to Bring Retaliatory Discharge Claim

Tennessee employers take note—undocumented workers who can’t return to work because of their immigration status can still sue you for retaliatory discharge. In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Court of Appeals held...more

8/9/2014 - FLSA NLRA Retaliation Standing Title VII Undocumented Immigrants Workers Compensation Awards

Obama Administration Seeks Changes to Overtime Rules to Make More Workers Eligible for Overtime Pay: Possible Changes Include...

In a move that could affect nearly all employers, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum last week directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update its overtime regulations to make more employees...more

3/18/2014 - DOL FLSA Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

D.C. Circuit Invalidates NLRB Poster Rule: Court Strikes Another Blow to Agency by Striking Down Rule Requiring Employers to Post...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s legal sparring with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued on Tuesday when a unanimous panel held that the NLRB’s poster rule was invalid because it infringed on...more

5/10/2013 - Employee Rights Free Speech NLRB Notice Requirements Posting Requirements

Weapons at Work? States Consider Requiring Employers to Allow Firearms in Employees' Vehicles

Several states – including Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina – are currently considering legislation that would require employers to allow their employees to bring firearms to work and store them in their vehicles...more

2/26/2013 - Employer No-Weapons Policies Firearms Guns-in-Trunks Legislation NRA OSHA Private Property Rights Second Amendment

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