SZD Employment Trends: Impact of health care reform; monitoring employee e-mails


Timeline: Impact of health care reform on employers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as Health Care Reform, contains a series of measures that will impact employers over the next several years. This article summarizes several of the more significant provisions.

Court rejects circumstantial evidence of age discrimination in reduction in force

A recent decision contains good news for employers facing the tough reality of reductions in force. The Court’s opinion clarified the plaintiff’s burden in successfully bringing a claim of age discrimination in the context of a reduction in force.

Employers must exercise caution when monitoring employee e-mails

Two recent cases have addressed the propriety of an employer accessing and retaining e-mails written or accessed by former employees using the employer's computer equipment, but which were ultimately stored on third-party servers.

Ohio Supreme Court sides with painting contractor in dispute with Franklin County Commissioners

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Franklin County Board of Commissioners abused its discretion when it rejected The Painting Company’s low bid to perform work on the Huntington Park project due to "violations" of the State’s prevailing wage laws.

Employer policies need to address employee internet usage

Employer-provided Internet access has become standard for many types of jobs. With that access comes challenges for employers, from excessive personal use of that access on company time, including use of web-based personal e-mail accounts, to the posting of photographs and other information on social networking sites with which the company would rather not be associated.

$1.5 million reasons why retaliation claims are on the rise

A jury awarded $1.5 million in damages to a plaintiff who claimed she was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for telling her employer about sexual harassment by a supervisor.

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