Richard Meneghello

Richard Meneghello

Fisher & Phillips LLP

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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

Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)

Sometimes an employment lawyer is faced with a thorny question that involves multiple layers of analysis. Before advising a client, any good attorney will want to examine prior case decisions, statutory citations, regulatory...more

4/7/2014 - Invasion of Privacy Security Cameras Surveillance

Employee Fired For Facebook Rant Doesn't Like Status

There’s no doubt about it – Facebook is the 21st Century water cooler. Workers who used to gather in the break room to talk about the latest sports news, the newest outrageous celebrity scandal, or the latest office gossip...more

2/5/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Facebook NLRB Termination

Labor Letter, December 2013: Was It A Good Year Or Bad Year? The 2013 Employment Law Year In Review

It's pretty common each December to take stock and look back at the year that is ending, whether it’s recounting the happy times and counting one’s blessings, or reliving the disappointments and ruing over the regrets (and...more

12/9/2013 - Affordable Care Act Arbitration Arbitrators Compliance Criminal Background Checks EEOC Employee Benefits ENDA Felons Healthcare LGBT Minimum Wage NLRA NLRB Social Media Policy

Labor Letter, July 2013: Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?

In a recent case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, the judges held that such an action is acceptable under the law. Before your mind starts wandering too far about the repercussions of this decision, let’s not get ahead of...more

7/10/2013 - Gender Discrimination Hiring & Firing Melissa Nelson Nelson v Knight Pregnancy Discrimination Sex Discrimination Sexual Harassment Termination

Labor Letter - April 2013: Count The Cost Before Waging The War

When Sun Tzu wrote “The Art of War” in the sixth century B.C., he probably wasn’t thinking about how his advice would apply to employment law litigation in the 21st century, but he might as well have. One of his most famous...more

4/3/2013 - Attorney's Fees Exempt-Employees Over-Time Wage and Hour Wages

Labor Letter, January 2013: Nevermind Your Kids, How About Taking Your Dog To Work?

Do you want to follow the example of successful businesses like Google and Amazon? One way to start is to allow employees to bring dogs to the workplace, just as they do. You wouldn’t be alone – it is estimated that 2.3...more

1/3/2013 - Dog-Friendly Workplace

Labor Letter, December 2012: 2012 Employment Law Year In Review

The End of the World As We Know It? If you’re reading this after December 20, that means the Mayans got it wrong and the world isn’t going to end in 2012. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you still have to...more

12/11/2012 - ADA Affordable Care Act Discrimination EEOC Medical Marijuana NLRB OSHA

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