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Employer Not Required to Pay for Medical Treatment or Provide Teamwork Structure as ADA Accommodations

A recent decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the limits of employers’ obligations to accommodate employee disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp....more

NC Court of Appeals Says Attempted ADA Accommodation Can Be Terminated Based on Effects on Coworkers

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) encourages employers to engage in an interactive process with disabled employees to determine if there are reasonable accommodations that allow the employee to perform the essential...more

Employer Potentially Liable for Supervisor's Off-Duty Murder of Employee

Most employers know that they can be held liable in some situations based on negligent hiring or retention of an employee who harms a third party. A new decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals cautions employers...more

IRS Asks Employers to Report Phishing Schemes

Every tax season seems to bring with it new attempts by criminals to fraudulently obtain tax refunds. One popular “phishing” scheme involves fraudulent emails that appear to be from a company executive seeking personal...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Termination of Public Employee for Social Media Comments

A politically divided nation can mean a politically divided workplace. While employers generally hesitate to react to employees’ expression of political views, some comments viewed as extreme, threatening or inconsistent with...more

Seventh Circuit Says Sexual Orientation Protected Under Title VII

On Tuesday, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex discrimination also includes protections against employees being discriminated against...more

Supreme Court Defers to Lower Court Determinations on EEOC Subpoena Powers

In a disturbingly increasing number of charge investigations, employers have faced broad information requests from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including requests that appear unrelated to the charging...more

Second Circuit Chief Judge Urges Reconsideration of Title VII's Prohibition Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Last week’s EmployNews reported an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in which two of the three judges considering the case concluded that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex...more

President Trump Kills Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractor Rule

President Trump signed legislation ending Obama-era federal rules requiring contractors to disclose federal labor law violations as part of the federal contracting process. The rules would have appointed a contracting officer...more

HB2 Repeal Shields Employers From Local Labor Ordinances

On Thursday, Governor Cooper signed into law a measure repealing North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law that limited use of public restrooms and changing facilities to the gender on that person’s birth certificate. While most...more

Mandatory Disclosure of Prescription Drug Use May Violate ADA

When an employee tests positive for illegal drug use or self-discloses such use, many employers condition return to work on the employee’s participation in a substance abuse treatment program. These programs can include drug...more

Tips Cannot Be Used to Satisfy Minimum Wage Requirement for Non-Tipped Work

The hospitality industry continues to battle numerous lawsuits claiming that employers failed to properly compensate employees who earn a portion of their wages through tips. Earlier this month, the Tenth Circuit Court of...more

Split Eleventh Circuit Panel Says Title VII Does Not Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Perhaps the hottest issue in employment discrimination law today is whether that ban on gender discrimination includes discrimination on...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects Broad EEOC Subpoena in Single Employee Discrimination Charge

The scenario is familiar to employers responding to a Charge of Discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Even though the Charge only includes claims of discrimination by one person, the...more

Purchaser of Assets in North Carolina Should Not Rely on Assign Ability of Seller's Non-Compete Agreements

We regularly field questions from companies in the process of an asset purchase, asking whether they can obtain an assignment of the seller’s non-competition agreements with its employees. While this question has never been...more

Supreme Courts Dismissal of Transgender Discrimination Case Could Affect Employment Discrimination Claims

Earlier this month, the Trump administration withdrew the Department of Justice’s prior position that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act prohibits schools and other covered institutions from discriminating on the basis of...more

Repeated "Friendly" Hugs and Kisses Can Rise to the Level of Actionable Sexual Harassment

Some people are naturally more affectionate than others. Most people have friends or acquaintances who go for hugs when a handshake is all that you expect. In the workplace, these personality types can clash, and “huggers”...more

New NLRB Chair's Dissent May Point to Future Board Position on Challenges to Employee Handbook Policies

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has repeatedly found that standard employee handbook provisions violate employees’ rights under Section 7 of the NLRA. These cases conclude that a variety...more

Federal Computer Hacking Laws Apply to Executive's Unauthorized Access to Coworkers' Emails

The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) were enacted to protect U.S. businesses and individuals from computer hacking and industrial espionage. In recent years, employers and...more

Prior Sexual Harassment Does Not Ease Plaintiff's Burden of Showing Hostile Work Environment

Employers sometimes struggle determining appropriate disciplinary action in the event of relatively low level sexual harassment. Many companies take a no tolerance approach, concluding that keeping the harasser employed makes...more

FMLA Caregiver Leave Rights Can Extend to Grandparents

Most employers know that qualified employees are entitled under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to take unpaid leave from work to care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition. What happens when...more

Federal ARB Says H-1B Employers Do Not Have to Pay Travel Costs for Employees Who Initially Decide to Stay in the U.S.

Employers that use workers eligible under H-1B non-immigrant visas agree that in the event of termination of employment, they will offer the employee payment for transportation home in certain circumstances. Earlier this...more

Work in "Ultrahazardous" Activity Does Not Provide North Carolina Employees with Exception to Workers' Compensation Exclusivity

Workers’ Compensation exclusivity means that for the overwhelming majority of workplace injuries, employees are limited to compensation through the Comp system. Under the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Woodson decision,...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Religious Accommodation Obligation Does Not Require Waiver of Advance Notice Policy

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation of employees’ religious practices. Perhaps the most common accommodation request involves time away from work based on religious...more

Fourth Circuit Follows Salinas Decision With Finding of Joint Employment of Satellite TV Installers

As reported in EmployNews, last month in its Salinas decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) adopted a new, broader test for determining when two entities are joint...more

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