Susanna Knutson Gibbons

Susanna Knutson Gibbons

Poyner Spruill LLP

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OSHA's New Rule Impacts the Health Care Industry

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017 requiring healthcare industry employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness...more

7/26/2016 - Drug Testing Electronic Filing Final Rules Health Care Providers OSHA Workplace Injury

EEOC Cautions Employers About Discrimination Against Employees who are, or are Perceived to be Muslim or Middle Eastern

Late last month the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a statement by its Chair Jenny R. Yang, as well as two informational Question and Answer Guidance documents about discrimination against employees...more

1/20/2016 - Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Muslims New Guidance Title VII

Documenting Efforts to Comply with the FLSA May Help Limit Damages Exposure

With all of the media attention on imminent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the incredible increase in wage and hour litigation, it is a good time to review employees’ exempt/non-exempt classification and...more

10/27/2015 - Best Management Practices DOL Employer Liability Issues FLSA Unpaid Wages Wage and Hour

EEOC Goes Electronic - ACT Digital Charge Notification and Response System In Pilot Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is implementing an online charge notification and response system called “ACT Digital.” Phase I implementation has begun in the areas covered by the Charlotte District...more

6/9/2015 - ACT Digital EEOC

Time to Revisit English Only Rules

Employers have long understood that rules prohibiting employees from speaking languages other than English are subject to attack by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s position is that a rule...more

3/31/2015 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues English-Only Rules National Origin Discrimination Title VII

Can You Prove the Mail Was Delivered? If You Are Sending An FMLA Notice, the Answer Must Be Yes

A recent case emphasizes the importance of implementing procedures that establish strict compliance with the employer notice obligations under the FMLA. In Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., the Third Circuit held that...more

9/3/2014 - Employer Liability Issues FMLA Hiring & Firing Mailbox Rule Notice Requirements

Don’t Be Fooled if ENDA Doesn’t Become Law

There have been many news stories recently about the Employment NonDiscrimination Act (ENDA), which the U.S. Senate appears certain to pass this month. Commentators have different opinions about whether the House of...more

11/12/2013 - Civil Rights Act Compliance Discrimination EEOC ENDA Gender Discrimination Gender Identity Sexual Orientation Discrimination Title VII

Religious Accomodation Reminder

Two recent cases illustrate the importance of training managers to recognize the need to consider accommodation for religious beliefs of employees, and the care with which such requests should be analyzed. Title VII prohibits...more

9/17/2013 - Civil Rights Act EEOC Religion Title VII

Scripts - July 2013

In this issue: - America’s Aging Health Care Workforce Presents Challenges - Using Covenants Not to Compete in the Health Care industry - Bring Your Own Device Programs and Health Care: Too Risky to...more

7/9/2013 - Bring Your Own Device Health Care Providers Healthcare Medical Devices Mobile Devices Non-Compete Agreements

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