Tyson Horrocks

Tyson Horrocks

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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Utah Legislature Expands Antidiscrimination Laws to Address LGBT and Religious Rights

Last night, the Utah House passed landmark legislation (the "Act") already approved by the Senate that modifies Utah's antidiscrimination and fair housing acts to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...more

3/13/2015 - Adverse Employment Action Anti-Discrimination Policies Boy Scouts Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Exemptions Fair Housing Gender Discrimination Gender Identity LGBT New Legislation Reasonable Accommodation Religious Institutions

Employers' Motive No Longer a Basis for Tortious Interference

The Utah Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling last week that significantly changes tortious interference law, requiring the plaintiff to show a wrongful act to pursue a claim. The decision in Eldridge v. Johndrow partially...more

2/9/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Former Employee Tortious Interference Utah SC

Utah Supreme Court Confirms Employee Handbook Disclaimer Can Protect Utah Companies from Implied Contractual Claims

A recent Utah Supreme Court decision drives home to companies with employees in Utah that a clear and conspicuous disclaimer in a prominent point of an employee handbook goes a long way to protecting the company from any...more

1/6/2015 - At-Will Employment Contract Disputes Contract Formation Disclaimers Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues

Impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Stores Decision

On June 30, 2014, in Hobby Lobby Stores, the Supreme Court held that corporations are persons for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) and, as a result, if a corporation has a sincerely held religious...more

7/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Mandates ERISA HHS Hobby Lobby Religious Freedom Restoration Act SCOTUS

The Risks of Pre-employment Social Media Screening

An increasing number of states have recently passed laws that prohibit employers from obtaining passwords to a job applicant’s social media accounts. Such legislation highlights companies’ interest in finding out as much as...more

5/27/2014 - Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Google Hiring & Firing Internet Privacy Job Applicants Privacy Concerns Screening Procedures Social Media

Utah Employment Law Update – Part 1

In This Issue: • Social Media Screening • Handbooks and Policies • Investigations and Employee Discipline • Employment Covenants - Excerpt from Social Media Screening: Many states are enacting...more

5/20/2014 - Discipline Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Employment Policies Investigations Right to Privacy Social Media Policy

Private Employers Now Face Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that dramatically expands the reach of whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”). The Court’s decision in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, 571 U.S. __...more

3/10/2014 - Contractors FMR LLC Lawson v FMR Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Subcontractors Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Utah Same-Sex Marriages and Private Employers

Recent Federal Court decisions regarding Utah’s same-sex marriage laws have placed private employers in unchartered waters. Many private employers are now asking themselves: Am I required to extend benefits to same-sex...more

1/13/2014 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Marriage Same-Sex Marriage

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