Corporate Law Report: Workplace Romances, FMLA Changes, California Tax News, and More
Do 'Love Contracts' Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?
On November 6, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification in Aguas v. State of New Jersey, 2013 WL 1136115 (App. Div. Mar. 20, 2013), a pro-employer ruling on the issue of employer liability for sexual...more
The Miami Dolphins recently have come under intense scrutiny amid allegations that coaches encouraged defensive guard Richie Icognito to bully teammate Jonathan Martin in an effort to “toughen” him up. The alleged bullying...more
California law not only prohibits discrimination and harassment, it also requires certain employers (those that receive services from 50 or more persons, including both employees or independent contractors) to provide formal...more
The Court of Appeal’s decision in General Motors of Canada Limited v Johnson does not break any new ground in the law of constructive dismissal. But against the backdrop of Bill 168 (the Violence and Harassment in the...more
In recent years, many high-profile workplace-harassment lawsuits have grabbed headlines, complete with lewd and salacious allegations. Sexual harassment is indeed a form of gender discrimination and courts have issued many...more
It spread, as these things tend to do today, like a virus around 10 p.m. last night.
“None [sic] cares about you. Go kill yourself. Maybe you’ll succeed this time.”...more
In a significant decision issued on June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that employers are vicariously liable for unlawful harassment committed by a supervisor only if the supervisor is empowered by the employer to...more
Unless you are on a news media embargo, you have probably heard the news by now. The United States Supreme Court today issued a watershed ruling regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law barring the federal...more
Mexico’s new Federal Labor Law (FLL) took effect on December 1, 2012. The reform seeks to modernize Mexico’s labor law. The new FLL’s major, employment related amendments include increased regulation of outsourcing jobs,...more
Usually employees complain about their managers, not the other way around.
In an interesting case, a group of managers, who complained that their workplace had been poisoned by the employer’s inaction in the face of...more
King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Roman army in the battle of Asculum, but at great cost. His comment, “Another such victory would utterly undo me,” applies to employment litigation....more
Challenge: A “zero tolerance” stand against illegal workplace harassment is laudable in US domestic operations. But wildly differing harassment laws and standards abroad complicate an inflexible global approach to eradicating...more
Originally published in Westlaw Journal Employment (Volume 27, Issue 15), February 20, 2013.
Consider the following three scenarios:
Scenario one: Terrence worked as a flight attendant for Fly Right Airlines. While...more
In this report:
- I. Sustainable Innovations for a Changing Global Workforce
- II. Forging a Global HR Team to Align with a Global Business: Transparency and Integration
- III. Developing an Effective Global...more
In Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 37 (Dec. 14, 2012), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that an employer violated section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by firing five...more
An Ontario arbitrator has found that an employer violated Bill 168 which introduced workplace violence provisions into Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act....more
Our latest Corporate Law Report includes a look at how to deal with office relationships, changes to FMLA rules to benefit veterans, an unfortunate tax development for investors in certain California business, and other...more
Every year around Valentine's Day employers are reminded of the risks surrounding workplace romances - but of course this is a tricky issue that exists all year long. Can a "love contract" - an HR document signed by both...more
As Valentine’s Day approaches, what better time to address the proverbial workplace issue — the office romance. While everyone certainly loves a great love story with a happily ever after ending, unfortunately, office romance...more
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”—Aristotle
“The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his chest.”—Rosanne Barr
Okay, so, in college I was good friends with this girl on the dorm...more
Let’s play the “law school hypothetical” game for a minute. (I know, not as exciting as a cat being chosen in Monopoly, but bear with me.)You hear the following allegations...more
Originally published in the New York Law Journal on December 26, 2012.
The recent life-imitating-art headlines featuring illicit romantic affairs involving senior corporate and governmental leaders remind us that there...more
In This Issue:
- NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook
- 6 States Ban Companies from Asking for Social Media Passwords
- Health Law Requires Employers to Offer Family Care to All
Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: TAST) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Carrols Corporation ("Carrols"), has entered into an agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)...more
On November 13, 2012, for the first time in 40 years, after extensive consideration by both Mexico’s House of Representatives and its Senate, the Senate approved a significant labor reform bill, with far-reaching and...more
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