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Restaurant Industry Update: Tennessee Court of Appeal Permits Lawsuit under State Tip Law to Proceed

The Tennessee Court of Appeal has held that a bartender can proceed with her lawsuit under §107 of the Tennessee Wage Regulation Act (TWRA), claiming her employer failed to pay her and other similarly situated employees tips...more

7/14/2015 - DOL Restaurant Industry Tipped Employees Tips Wage and Hour

Restaurant Industry Alert: "Fight for $15" Planned for Tax Day

In the latest move in their two-year campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, fast-food workers have announced plans for a major one-day walkout on April 15, 2015 – Tax Day for U.S. employers. Events are planned in...more

4/15/2015 - Best Management Practices Employer Liability Issues Fast-Food Industry Minimum Wage NLRA Restaurant Industry Strike

Tennessee Governor Signs Legislation Providing Additional Employment Protections for Handgun Owners

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed legislation providing new employment protections for handgun owners. As discussed in more detail in our March 25, 2015 Alert, the new law creates a private right of action for any...more

4/14/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Governor Haslam Guns-in-Trunks Legislation New Legislation

Tennessee Legislature Approves New Employment Protections for Handgun Owners

On March 23, 2015, members in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass new employment protections for handgun owners. The bill creates a private right of action for any employee who is...more

3/26/2015 - Employee Rights Guns-in-Trunks Legislation

Tennessee Legislature Adds Employee Privacy Protections to "Internet Accounts"

Executive Summary: Accessing information about employees and applicants via their social media accounts just got a bit more complicated in Tennessee. This past legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the...more

8/15/2014 - Employee Rights Internet Passwords Right to Privacy Social Media Social Media Account Ownership

Restaurant Industry Alert - Fast Food Strikes Announced For Global Workforce

Executive Summary: In an attempt to draw attention to their ongoing efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, union organizers have announced another walkout/strike for May 15th....more

5/13/2014 - Employee Rights Minimum Wage NLRA NLRB Restaurant Industry Strike Unions Wage and Hour

Tennessee Employee Gun Owner Protection Amendment Voted Down

Executive summary: On February 5, 2014, members of the Tennessee Senate voted down an amendment that would have created a specific employment protection for gun owners. The amendment sought to add a provision to the...more

2/7/2014 - Gun Laws

Nursing Home Settles Genetic Information Discrimination Lawsuit

On January 13, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced the former operator of a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Corning, New York had agreed to pay $370,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by...more

1/23/2014 - EEOC Genetic Discrimination GINA Settlement

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - August 2013

Fast Food Strikes Spread Across the Nation - Executive Summary: Recently, unions and union-backed workers' centers have set their sights on employers in the restaurant industry, particularly those operating fast-food...more

9/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates IRS Resorts & Restaurants Restaurant Industry

Legal Alert: Tennessee Financial Institutions Should Be Aware Of A Rise In ATM Accessibility Lawsuits

Banks and other financial institutions in Tennessee should take note of a recent string of lawsuits filed in Tennessee challenging the accessibility of automatic teller machines (ATMs)....more

8/16/2013 - Accessibility Rules ADA ATMs Disability Disability Discrimination

Legal Alert: Tennessee Governor May Be Open To New Protections For Employee Gun Ownership

The Nashville Post recently reported that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam may be open to legislative efforts to include additional protections for employee gun owners in 2014. ...more

8/14/2013 - Firearms Gun Laws Gun Permits Proposed Legislation

Restaurant Industry Newsletter - July 2013

When OSHA Comes to Dine It Doesn't Make Reservations - The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) establishes and enforces workplace safety regulations in several industries, including restaurants....more

7/31/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Inspections OSHA Proposed Legislation Protective Gear Restaurant Industry Safety Precautions Whistleblowers Workplace Hazards

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Adopts Narrow Definition Of Supervisor Under Title VII

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion favorable to employers, determining the term "supervisor" under Title VII should be defined narrowly. ...more

6/25/2013 - EEOC Harassment SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII Vance v. Ball State University Vicarious Liability

Legal Alert: AG Opinion Provides Guidance On Tennessee's Safe Commute Act

On May 28, 2013, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper released an Opinion addressing the question of whether Tennessee's Safe Commute Act "prohibits an employer from terminating an at-will employee who brings a firearm or...more

5/30/2013 - At-Will Employment Compliance Employer No-Weapons Policies Firearms Gun Laws

Legal Alert: Tennessee's Safe Commute Act May Impact Workplace Weapons Policies

On March 14, 2013, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam signed into law the "Tennessee Safe Commute Act." The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2013, will allow handgun carry permit holders to store firearms and ammunition in...more

5/17/2013 - Concealed Carry Permit Firearms Guns-in-Trunks Legislation

Legal Alert: NLRB Strikes Down Employer's Handbook Policies

On the same day as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined President Obama's recess appointments are unconstitutional, the NLRB continued its assault on workplace rules and employee handbook policies. See DirecTV U.S....more

2/4/2013 - Blogs Chat Rooms Employee Handbooks NLRA NLRB Section 7 Social Media Social Media Policy Websites

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