Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

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“Weakest link” is no way to run your workplace

He was fired only 78 days later, and he hadn’t even had a chance to take over the show. His “listening tour” with employees, which began in September and was continuing when he was fired, is supposedly what did him in…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Happy Turkey Day from the OFCCP! (not)

Once again, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will ruin the holidays for thousands of federal contractors. The OFCCP announced last week that it plans to issue Courtesy Scheduling Announcement Letters, or CSALs,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Volkswagen Adopts "European-Style" Labor Engagement Policy for Chattanooga . . . But Will It Stall?

Last week, Volkswagen Group of America announced a "Community Organization Engagement" policy that will allow labor organizations to engage in what the company calls "constructive dialogue" with the company and employees at VW's…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Planning your workplace holiday party? Read this first!

And, as luck would have it, I presented a webinar on Wednesday with David Weisenfeld of XpertHR on “How to Make Your Workplace Holiday Party Sparkle — With No Legal Hangovers,” and got some great questions from the attendees. If…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Medical Marijuana And The Workplace — Another Lawsuit Filed

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit alleging that Darlington Fabrics Corporation discriminated against a candidate for a paid intern position because the candidate, Christine Callaghan, disclosed…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New Sick Leave Rights For Massachusetts Employees Raise Concerns For Employers

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a new law, which will be codified at G.L. c. 149, § 148C, providing sick leave rights to all private employees in the state and most public employees. The law goes into effect…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Will SCOTUS Review Same-Sex Marriage Now?

You may recall that in early October the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review decisions from U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth circuits* that struck down same-sex marriage bans…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Tuesday’s GOP “Shellacking” May Not Change Much For Employers

Tuesday night’s Republican rout in the midterm elections was big news, but is it much ado about nothing from an employer’s standpoint? Here are a few reasons not to become too giddy (if you were happy about the outcome) or too…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Wal-Mart, EEOC Reach Accord In Drug Test “Accommodation” Lawsuit

Laura Jones was offered a sales job at the Wal-Mart store in Cockeysville, Maryland, and was told that she would have to take a drug test. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ms. Jones told an…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Racial Talk At Work? Beware Of Reverse Discrimination.

When I do harassment training, I ask my audiences whether they think employers should ban the “N” word even when it’s used by African-Americans among themselves. In my experience, the African-Americans in the audience have been…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

BREAKING: EEOC Seeks Court Order To Halt Honeywell’s Biometric Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a petition yesterday in federal court in Minnesota to stop Honeywell International, Inc., from requiring that employees (and spouses, if the employees have family health…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Executive Labor Summary Executive Labor Summary - September/October 2014

Ebola crisis: the next big organizing issue? - Labor relations are already being affected by the Ebola crisis in the United States. On October 8 and 9, at LaGuardia Airport in New York, approximately 75 non-union…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Transportation

LGBT Charges Are Rolling In, EEOC Commissioner Says

Chai Feldblum, a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, recently presented an update on the EEOC’s handling of charges alleging sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Halloween In The Workplace? Bah! Humbug!

Sure, and thank you for suggesting such a great topic for this time of year! There is very little from the courts on “Halloween in the workplace,” and for that we can all be grateful because it probably means that it doesn’t get…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

DOL Delays Enforcement Of Companionship Exemption Rule, But Private Lawsuits Against Employers Can Carry On

On October 9, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it would delay enforcement of the 2013 Final Rule regarding the companionship exemption to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health
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