John W. Hargrove

John W. Hargrove

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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Blizzards, Hurricanes, and That Dreaded TORCON Index

Many “it was the worst day of my life” stories begin with a weather event. I will never forget sitting with a client in an early April morning mediation several years ago when she received a call on her cell phone. She was...more

3/12/2015 - Exempt-Employees PTO Severe Weather Telecommuting Trucking Industry Wage and Hour Wages

Examining Return-To-Work Issues Under The FMLA

I frequently receive calls from clients involving an employee who is about to use up all of his medical leave, but who has little chance of returning to work — either at the end of his 12-week Family and Medical Leave Act...more

1/23/2015 - ADA EEOC Employer Liability Issues FMLA Interactive Process Return-to-Work Agreements Workplace Injury

It’s All in the Family: Shifting Standards for Joint-Employer Liability

The concept of joint-employer liability is popping up in the news a lot again. This is because the NLRB is taking a more aggressive view on joint-employer standards under the National Labor Relations Act, particularly as to...more

1/20/2015 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Franchise Agreements Franchises Joint Employers McDonalds NLRA NLRB Right to Control Staffing Agencies Subsidiaries Successor Liability Successors WARN Act

Don’t Forget That 12 Weeks Really Doesn’t Mean 12 Weeks

I frequently receive calls from clients involving an employee who is about to use up all of his available medical leave (FMLA or otherwise), but who has little chance of returning to work anytime soon. Many times, the...more

12/2/2014 - Corporate Counsel EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Guidance FMLA Medical Leave Popular Workplace Injury

To Be, or Not to Be an Independent Contractor—That Is the Question.

I often receive calls that begin with a story like this: “We had the maintenance guy do this project for us a year or two ago, and we really liked him, so we kept him on. We just 1099 him each year. No problem with that,...more

11/18/2014 - Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Risk Assessment

President Obama Strikes (Signs) Again with the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order

Employers will have to report previous labor law violations to bid for federal government work beginning soon. On the heels of President Obama’s executive order prohibiting LBGT discrimination by federal contractors, the...more

8/8/2014 - Barack Obama Discrimination Executive Orders Fair Pay Act Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors LGBT

Supreme Court Opinion Calls Into Question Hundreds of NLRB Rulings

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited Noel Canning decision and invalidated President Obama’s January 2012 appointments of three individuals to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),...more

7/2/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

Criminal Background Checks: EEOC Enforcement and Ban-the-Box Update

The EEOC last year took a new step toward attempting to limit criminal background checks by employers. Recently the EEOC filed two well-publicized lawsuits alleging race discrimination against two different employers for...more

6/28/2013 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Racial Discrimination

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Employers to Allow Firearms in Employees’ Vehicles

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed into law SB286, a bill that limits employers’ restrictions on employee possession of guns in their cars at work. The House of Representatives voted 73-28 on Monday to approve a...more

5/23/2013 - Concealed Carry Permit Employee Rights Employer No-Weapons Policies Firearms Gun Laws

Labor Law Developments That Apply To You Even Though You Think They Don't

To Our Nonunion Clients - Most of our clients have nonunion workforces, a fact which reflects the limited union presence in this country generally. However, just because your company is nonunion does not mean that it is...more

12/3/2012 - At-Will Employment Confidential Employer Investigations Off-duty Employee Access Social Media Policy

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