Krista Sterken

Krista Sterken

Foley & Lardner LLP

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What to Do When OSHA is at Your Door

You arrive at work bright and early, only to find that someone beat you there — OSHA is waiting to perform an inspection. Now what? Many employers think they have little say in what happens next. Actually, employers have many...more

1/27/2017 - Citations Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Guidance Inspections OSHA Safety Inspections Warrants Workplace Hazards

Do Employers Need to Accommodate if the Employee Does Not Ask?

Most employers are aware of their obligation to explore reasonable disability accommodations when an employee asks for such a measure. But, what if the employee never asks? A new decision out of the United States Court of...more

10/28/2016 - ADA Certification Requirements Corporate Counsel Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Health Care Providers Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation

Top Five Best Practices for Workplace Investigations

A well-conducted investigation can reduce workplace conflict, promote job satisfaction and inclusion, and can also help shield you from legal liability. However, the converse is also true — a botched investigation can have...more

6/1/2016 - Confidentiality Policies Discipline Employer Liability Issues NLRA Retaliation Workplace Investigations

Employers Should Take Care When Prohibiting Workplace Recordings

A number of years ago, one of the nation’s largest grocery stores banned its employees from recording workplace conversations, images, or meetings without prior management approval or consent by all parties to a conversation....more

1/13/2016 - Audio Recording Confidential Information NLRA NLRB Policies and Procedures Protected Concerted Activity Video Recordings

Employee Handbook Mistakes Can Come Back to Bite Employers

Courts often conclude that absent appropriate disclaimer language and statements in employee handbooks are “promises” to employees, binding employers to abide by these promises in their dealings with employees. However, a...more

2/18/2015 - Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies FMLA

Employers Beware: Increased Attention to Workplace Harassment and Wellness Programs by the EEOC Coming in the New Year

Newly appointed U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang recently offered some insight into the EEOC’s areas of focus for 2015, providing employers with a preview of some of the key regulatory and...more

2/4/2015 - Corporate Counsel EEOC Employer Liability Issues Harassment Strategic Enforcement Plan Wellness Programs

Federal Contractors May Lose Contracts Because of Labor and Employment Law Violations

And here we go again. We have noted that the National Labor Relations Board is aggressively expanding employee protections and organized labor opportunities, that the EEOC has decided to claim many common provisions of...more

8/12/2014 - Barack Obama Disclosure Requirements EEOC Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Federal Contractors Labor Law Violations NLRB

FMLA and ADA: The Brad and Angelina of Employment Law

An employee comes to your human resources department to request Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave for an upcoming surgery to address his longstanding back pain, which has caused him increasing difficulties at work....more

2/25/2014 - ADA Compliance Employer Liability Issues FMLA

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