Richard Meneghello

Richard Meneghello

Fisher & Phillips LLP

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January 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always rapidly evolving. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest developments, here is a quick review of the five biggest stories from last month that all employers...more

2/2/2016 - Administrative Interpretation Campbell Ewald v Gomez Class Action Corporate Counsel EEO-1 Equal Pay Joint Employers Medical Marijuana SCOTUS Settlement Offer Wellness Programs

Employers May Soon Be Forced To Reveal Pay Information By Gender

Businesses With 100 Or More Workers Would Be Subject To Proposed New Law Aimed At Combating Gender Discrimination - The federal government announced today its intent to gather additional pay information from larger...more

2/1/2016 - EEOC Gender Discrimination Obama Administration Pay Transparency Proposed Regulation

What Every Employer Needs To Know About The Super Bowl

The stage is officially set. The Denver Broncos will be playing the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, 2016, and no doubt your employees are very much aware of the upcoming game. A good many of them...more

1/25/2016 - Best Management Practices Popular Sports Gambling Super Bowl

Employers Secure Another Win In Medical Marijuana Battle: Three Things You Need To Know

Employers started 2016 by claiming another victory in the ongoing battle against medical marijuana in the workplace. On January 7, 2016, a federal court judge in New Mexico dismissed a lawsuit brought by an employee...more

1/15/2016 - Best Management Practices Drug Testing Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Medical Marijuana

Federal Appeals Court Decision Offers Practical Guidance To Both HR Executives And Their Employers

A federal appeals court issued a decision on January 5, 2016 that provides valuable lessons to both human resources executives and the businesses they work for. The court upheld the termination of an HR Director after his...more

1/11/2016 - ADA FLSA Human Resources Professionals Termination Willful Misconduct

All Is Well For Employers: Three Things You Need To Know About Court Ruling In Wellness Program Lawsuit

A federal judge in Wisconsin just issued a key ruling upholding an employer’s wellness program despite a challenge from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The decision, published on December 31, 2015, is a...more

1/7/2016 - ADA EEOC Employer Group Health Plans Medical Examinations Wellness Programs

Top Ten Labor & Employment New Year's Resolutions For 2016

Sure, you’ve probably made a list of a few resolutions for 2016 already. Maybe you’re going to dust off that gym membership, cut back on junk food, clean out the garage, save more money, or visit some far off locale in the...more

1/4/2016 - Best Management Practices Employee Handbooks Employment Policies Independent Contractors Wage and Hour

Minimum Wage To Increase For Many In 2016

A number of states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2016; here is the latest information on what to expect in the new year....more

12/16/2015 - Federal Contractors Minimum Wage Popular Tipped Employees Tips Wage and Hour

Three Things To Do: End-Of-The-Year Labor And Employment Checklist For 2015

What better way to prepare for the new year than to review the biggest developments in the world of labor and employment law that took place over the past 12 months? Presenting Fisher & Phillips’ annual end-of-the-year...more

12/3/2015 - Best Management Practices Corporate Counsel Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies

Portland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law

The Portland City Council passed its own version of a “Ban The Box” law right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will require most businesses operating in the city to adjust their hiring practices. Under the strict new...more

12/1/2015 - Ban the Box Conditional Job Offers Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Municipalities

Three Things Employers Need To Know About Cyber Monday

Last year, an estimated 52% of Americans participated in Cyber Monday and spent over $2.6 billion, easily the busiest online shopping day of the year. The numbers are expected to rise even higher for Cyber Monday 2015. No...more

11/30/2015 - Best Management Practices Employment Policies

Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and...more

11/12/2015 - Best Management Practices Collective Bargaining FLSA Severe Weather Wage and Hour

Will Your Workers Go On Strike On November 10? What You Need To Know

Employee walkouts and protests are likely to occur on a massive scale across the country on Tuesday, November 10, spurred on by the union-supported “Fight for $15” movement. Low-wage workers seeking higher pay and possible...more

11/6/2015 - Best Management Practices Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) Employer Liability Issues Fast-Food Industry Joint Employers Minimum Wage NLRB Restaurant Industry Right to Control SEIU Strike Unions

Drinking On The Job? Five Things Employers Need To Know In The Wake Of The USC Football Coach Controversy

Football powerhouse USC (University of Southern California) fired its head football coach Steve Sarkisian on October 12, 2015, after it was widely reported that the coach had been under the influence of alcohol during several...more

10/20/2015 - ADA Coaches Disciplinary Proceedings Drug & Alcohol Abuse EEOC Employee Assistance Programs Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Popular Reasonable Accommodation Termination University of Southern California (USC)

Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

President Obama used Labor Day 2015 to send a strong signal about his domestic priorities, signing an Executive Order which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven or more days...more

9/9/2015 - Barack Obama Executive Orders Paid Leave Sick Leave Wage and Hour

Don't Get Deflated: Four Things Employers Can Learn From the Tom Brady "Deflategate" Ruling

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, a federal judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension imposed on star quarterback Tom Brady, ruling that the league couldn’t discipline him for allegedly deflating footballs in order to...more

9/4/2015 - Arbitration Athletes Best Management Practices Deflategate Disciplinary Proceedings Employment Policies Football NFL Tom Brady Unions

NLRB Starts Down The Slippery Slope With Controversial New Joint Employer Ruling

In a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced yesterday a broad new standard for determining whether two businesses are “joint employers” for purposes of collective bargaining. Browning-Ferris...more

8/28/2015 - Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. Collective Bargaining Employer Liability Issues Franchises Joint Employers NLRB Right to Control Staffing Agencies Unions

NLRB Sacks College Football Player Union Organizing Drive

Earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unanimously decided that college football players at Northwestern University cannot comprise an appropriate bargaining unit, squelching their attempt to form the...more

8/18/2015 - Collective Bargaining College Athletes NLRA NLRB Northwestern University Unions

If Your Baristas Can Show Off Their Tattoos, Will Your Employees Be Next?

Coffee giant Starbucks recently announced a major change to its dress and appearance policy, allowing baristas to visibly display tattoos for the first time in the company’s 44-year history. The company decided that employee...more

7/6/2015 - Dress Codes Employment Policies Hospitality Industry Popular Restaurant Industry Retailers Starbucks

Don't Give Your Employees The Mark Of The Beast

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should...more

6/10/2015 - Young Lawyers

Don't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies

On November 4, 2014, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Alaska passed a similar law the same day). As of July 1, 2015, it will no longer...more

11/6/2014 - Decriminalization of Marijuana Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Marijuana Medical Marijuana

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment...more

10/1/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Unemployment Unemployment Benefits

Don't Fear The Future: Using Instagram As A Recruiting Tool

By now, most employers recognize that they shouldn’t peek at the social-media profiles of applicants for all sorts of reasons. It’s sort of like driving past an applicant’s house hoping that you can catch a glimpse of their...more

9/3/2014 - Corporate Counsel Social Networks

A Series Of Ticking Time Bombs – A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2013-2014 Term

The Supreme Court recently wrapped up its 2013-2014 term, and management can count it as another successful year in front of the High Court. Of the nine decisions impacting labor and employment law, seven of them should have...more

8/8/2014 - Burwell v Hobby Lobby Canning v NLRB Corporate Counsel Harris v Quinn Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. Lawson v FMR Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp Schuette v Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action SCOTUS

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