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Help Yourself: Mass. Court Approves Employee’s Self-Help Discovery in Discrimination Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that an attorney’s search for confidential firm documents in an effort to prove a discrimination claim against her employer may constitute protected activity. The Court, in Verdrager...more

Clarifying Irving: Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?

Despite a new decision on the issue from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court”) on May 18, 2016, the answer to this question remains “maybe.” The Court has, however, provided us with a measure of clarity concerning...more

Right to Privacy in Disciplinary Proceedings

In Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust UKEAT/0245/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of material on his mobile phone during disciplinary...more

Supreme Court Punts On Issue Of "Standing" To Pursue Class Action Claims

Earlier this week, by a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court issued a “no decision” decision on an issue important to employers facing class action litigation. The Court decided that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals needed to review...more

Employment Law - May 2016 #2

Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law - Why it matters - Passed by an overwhelming majority of the federal legislature, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became law with President Barack Obama's signature on May...more

District Court Holds that Interest in Protecting Whistleblowers under the False Claims Act Can Outweigh Companies’ Confidentiality...

A magistrate judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently dismissed a company’s breach-of-contract counterclaim against a whistleblower for violating the company’s privacy policy and confidentiality agreement....more

No Expectation of Privacy in Relation to Workplace Emails and Evidence Seized by the Police in the UK

In the recent case of Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") held that the Claimant, Mr Garamukanwa, had no reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of emails sent to a work colleague...more

DOL Persuader Regulations Expose Every Employer to Reporting Requirements and Disclosures

All employers should examine their use of labor and employment service providers to mitigate unwanted disclosure of fees paid to such providers. To protect confidentiality and the integrity of the attorney-client...more

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of...more

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized...more

Internal Investigative Reports That Lead to Discipline Are Not Exempt Adjudicatory Records under FOIA

An Illinois Appellate Court has further limited the public records that a public body can withhold from disclosure under Section 7(1)(n) of the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts “records relating to a public body’s...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - April 2016

News & Legislation Update - Gender Pay Gap Reporting Draft Regulations published - The first draft of regulations requiring any employer in the UK with at least 250 employees to publish information about the...more

Employee Benefit Plans and Data Security Issues

In recent weeks, much of the discussion around a recent Supreme Court case, Gobeille, has focused on ERISA preemption. But for fiduciaries of benefit plans the case can serve as a reminder of important duties that often go...more

Preparing Your Organization Today to Win Its Future (Possibly Inevitable) Cyber Lawsuit: Making Crown Jewels Out of Paper

One day in the not too distant future, your organization may be fighting to protect its balance sheet against high-stakes claims in a cyber tort trial. Arrayed against you will be the best of the class action plaintiff’s...more

Seyfarth Submits Comments to EEOC Regarding Proposed Pay Data Collection under EEO-1 Report

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and standalone comments on behalf of the Firm and its clients responding to the EEOC’s proposal to mandate that...more

Quick Hits: Persuader Rules, Class Action Lawsuits, Prevailing Party, E-mail Phishing

With Opening Day of baseball season nearly upon us, it’s time again to bring back a “Quick Hits” segment to recap a few noteworthy (but not completely post-worthy) employment law items you might have missed recently....more

Further Insights: How the Recent Barbulescu Decision Impacts Employers in Europe and the United States

Last month, we blogged about the much discussed ECHR Barbulescu opinion. As a follow up, we wanted to provide further insights to multi-national employers about how this European decision compares to the position in the...more

The High Costs of Violating Puerto Rico’s Breastfeeding in the Workplace Law: Supreme Court Decides Right to Privacy Claim

Protections for breastfeeding employees in Puerto Rico just became even stronger. A recent ruling from Puerto Rico’s highest court in Siaca v. Bahía Beach Resort & Golf Club, LLC, held that failing to provide a safe, private,...more

Can Healthcare Providers Prohibit Employees From Using Recording Devices in the Workplace?

In the wake of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (Dec. 24, 2015), hospitals and healthcare providers will need to revisit their employee recording policies. This...more

Preserving Confidentiality in EEOC Proceedings

Once upon a time, an employer could respond to an EEOC Charge of Discrimination and include all manner of responsive documents, secure in the knowledge that the Charging Party would never see the position statement, including...more

There's Nothing Quite Like a Silver Platter: The EEOC's New Nationwide Procedures for Releasing Respondents' Position Statements...

On Feb. 18, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Nationwide Procedures for Releasing Respondent Position Statements and Obtaining Responses from Charging Parties, which are retroactive to all...more

Beware the Facebook Settlement Disclosure

We continue to toe the line between privacy rights and social media activity. Typically, though, it’s the employee looking to protect the privacy principle. Not this time. In the context of settlement agreements in employment...more

SuperVision Today - March 2016

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - Welcome to 2016's first edition of SuperVision Today, the enewsletter from Spilman Thomas & Battle's Labor & Employment Group. Our clients in West Virginia certainly are...more

“Reasonable Cause” Standard Highlighted In OSHA’s Revised Whistleblower Investigations Manual

On January 28, 2016, OSHA issued a revised Whistleblower Investigations Manual (“Manual”) outlining procedures for the handling of retaliation complaints under the various whistleblower statutes that OSHA oversees. Chapter 3...more

European Court of Human Rights Rules Employers Can Read Employees’ Emails

Last month, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”), in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania, issued a ruling about the rights of employers to monitor their employees’ online communications, including those via personal...more

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