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That is SO last week - August 2015 #5

That infamous Ashley Madison data became searchable last week. Spouses, friends, and employers can now search the data to see if they know anyone who registered with the site. This development caused some to wonder if an...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #4

We’ve been talking potential bias in big data for some time now, and last week’s news was full of concerns about just that. The New York Times Upshot Blog interviewed a Microsoft computer scientist on the subject; NBC News...more

What U.S. Multinational Employers Need to Know about Background Checks

Employers often run background checks on their applicants and employees in order to protect the workplace and to assemble a good and trustworthy workforce. For U.S.-based employers with operations overseas, the legal...more

An Apple A Day Keeps Employers Awake

Bloomberg just reported last week that the Apple Watch “is eroding demand for traditional timepieces.” That’s not just a bad sign for watch retailers, but for employers who continue to have to keep up with the ever-shrinking...more

By the Numbers: The Summer of Employment Law

There’s no doubt that this summer is keeping human resources professionals and employment lawyers hopping. With new proposed rules on overtime, benefit coverage for married same-sex couples, a few birthdays, and ongoing data...more

A GINA Whodunit

Someone repeatedly defecated in the warehouse and the employer conducted an investigation. Two employees were at work at the time of the foul conduct; the employer ordered them to give a DNA sample – by submitting to a cheek...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #3

There’s just no rest for employment lawyers this summer. We had another exciting week. The biggest news was the EEOC’s ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The agency found that...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #2

Last week, The New York Times’ The Upshot blog covered a topic that has been one of our top concerns for a while: how big data can discriminate. The post followed a Carnegie Mellon University study that reported, among many...more

Employment Law Newsletter - July 2015

In This Issue: - Employer Risks in Using Employment-Related Criminal Background Checks - DOL Releases Proposed Amendments to FLSA Overtime Regulations: Now is the Time to Reassess Compliance and Update Your...more

EEOC’s Proposed Rule on Employee Health Wellness Programs

On June 19, 2015, public comments were submitted for the EEOC’s much anticipated proposed rule to amend the Title I of the ADA to clarify how the statute applies to certain employee health wellness programs. The EEOC’s stated...more

Employers, You’ll Never Pooh-Pooh The GINA Again.

On Monday, a federal jury in Atlanta awarded two hourly warehouse workers $2.2 million in a lawsuit brought under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The controversy started when Atlas Logistics Group Retail...more

Self-Help Discovery Does Not Immunize Employee from Prosecution, Says NJ Supreme Court

On June 23, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, 204 N.J. 239 (2010), does not bar criminal prosecutions arising from an employee’s removal of confidential company documents to...more

The “Number Two” Reason on How to Avoid GINA Liability

It’s not often that it comes up, but at a recent presentation, I discussed the implications of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, 2008––“GINA”––with the audience. A slight digression is necessary: GINA, a...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Confirms Aspiring Whistleblowers Can’t Help Themselves to Confidential Documents

In a pivotal decision with broad implications for aspiring New Jersey whistleblowers, yesterday the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the Appellate Division’s finding that no qualified privilege exists to protect an employee...more

NC General Assembly Overrides Veto of Property Protection Bill

Last week, the North Carolina House and Senate overrode Governor McCrory’s veto of legislation intended to shield employers from video or other data or documents release by employees. H.B. 405, called the “ag-gag” bill by...more

DOL Issues Updated FMLA Notices and Forms Addressing GINA "Safe Harbor" Language Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new versions of the agency's template Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and certification forms, which have been approved for use for the next three years.  The new...more

DOL Releases Updated FMLA Health Care Provider Certification Forms - Employers: Begin Using the New Forms Immediately; Note the...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published updated health care provider certification forms for employers to provide employees who request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) due to any one of the...more

Case Alert: Employee Fairly Dismissed for Contacting the Information Commissioner's Office Against Instructions

What happened? In Barton v Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (the "EAT") decided that an employee was fairly dismissed for misconduct after failing to adhere to his employer's instructions not to...more

EEOC Guidance: Redesigning Wellness Programs to Comply with the ADA

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been actively taking legal action against employers over wellness programs that it considers coercive under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), companies...more

"WTF", Under the NLRB, Employers Should "Cut the Crap?" The NLRB on Employer Rules, Handbooks, and Increased Employee...

As you have likely seen by now, on March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel ("GC") issued an extensive memorandum offering guidance on employer rules and handbooks. This memorandum...more

BREAKING: NYC "Bans the Box," Barring Most Pre-Employment Criminal Inquiries

Just weeks after prohibiting employers from using credit checks, the New York City Council Wednesday passed yet another bill that handcuffs businesses attempting to vet new job applicants. Most notably, the bill, commonly...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Programs Rules under the ADA – Is Your Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program “Voluntary”?

Wellness programs are becoming more popular among employers as a way to promote healthy lifestyles for their employees. Most employers are aware that their wellness programs must comply with the nondiscrimination rules under...more

Sometimes You Just Cannot Make This Stuff Up

Warning: The following is true. Some readers may find the content disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. We have previously stated, although in somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, that labor and employment is the “TMZ”...more

Connecticut Limits Employer Access to Employees’ Personal Online Accounts

On May 19, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut signed Public Act No. 15-6, entitled “An Act Concerning Employee Online Privacy” (“Act”), which will prohibit employers in Connecticut from requiring access to their...more

EEOC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Interplay Between ADA and Employee Wellness Programs

Despite existing guidance available to employers under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), employers have long faced uncertainty about the legality of their...more

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