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A Cautionary FMLA Tale: “Let Them Fix It Before Firing” Must Employees Now Be Allowed to Cure Deficient Medical Certifications?

Compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) is a daily challenge for employers, as more and more employees seem to take advantage of the right to full and intermittent leave. I often see clients jump to hasty...more

6 Ways for Car Dealers to Avoid a $540,000 Sexual Harassment Jury Verdict

Many dealers took notice of the recent sexual harassment jury verdict against a Massachusetts Lexus dealer, in which a jury awarded $500,000 in punitive damages against the dealership although it awarded only $40,000 in...more

The Best Defense Against an FMLA Lawsuit: Training!

Quick. Answer this: if one of your employees tells his supervisor that he needs surgery and will miss 2-3 weeks of work, do your managers know what to do? Do they call the employee’s surgeon? (NO!) Do they know who to speak...more

Achieving change – active employee engagement is crucial

Last year, we wrote about the 7 lessons for successful bargaining which highlighted that “tit for tat” communications rarely lead to a successful bargaining outcome. We regularly see that leading the communication agenda...more

New CFRA Amendments Take Effect July 1

On July 1, 2015, as previously reported, new California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") regulations will take effect. These amended regulations clarify areas of confusion and bring the CFRA into closer alignment with its federal...more

Employee Leave Law F.A.Q.s

It can be very confusing to calculate entitlements under employee leave laws—particularly the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)—and even more complicated trying to figure out...more

Harassment “Must-Have” No. 5: No Retaliation!

It should be easy to avoid retaliation, right? Because retaliatory conduct is intentional – you can’t “accidentally” retaliate against someone. You can’t “negligently” seek payback....more

Can that Doggie in the Window … Enter my Store?

Readers will recall that we recently corralled the law on “Assistive Animals” in the workplace, here. Now, in part two of our mini-series, we pony up an explanation of the rules governing the use of service animals by...more

Commissioners Examine Strategies to Reduce Retaliation in the Workplace

Workplace Culture Key to Preventing and Rectifying Retaliation - WASHINGTON - Addressing retaliation is good for businesses and for workers a panel of experts told the Commissioners of the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Commission-Based Salaries Require Careful Attention to FLSA Compliance

The FLSA requires employers pay employees the minimum wage, as well as overtime at 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay, to those who work more than 40 hours in a workweek. These requirements apply to all employees —...more

You Can’t Stick Your Head in the Sand: Dos and Don’ts for Religious Accommodation in Hiring After EEOC v. Abercrombie

On June 1, 2015, in a 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the religious-discrimination case of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. We blogged about that opinion on...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

Supreme Court Sides with EEOC in Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Case

On Monday, June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court reversed a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit which had granted Abercrombie & Fitch (“Abercrombie”) summary judgment in a religious...more

New York City “Bans the Box”—Inquiries Into Applicants’ Criminal Histories Now Significantly Restricted

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”), which prohibits employers from inquiring into the criminal backgrounds of applicants in the initial stages of the employment application...more

Compliance Officers Can Face Individual Liability for Corporate Importation Violations

Corporate officers and shareholders take note: personal liability for unpaid duties may result from material misrepresentations on import documentation even when the importer of record is a corporate entity. The corporate...more

Make Sure Your Supervisors Know that Lactation Breaks Are Required by Law

Maybe once a year, I get a call from a client asking about what the law requires with regard to lactation breaks for nursing mothers. I tell them that § 207(r) of the Fair Labor Standards Act requires them to provide (A)...more

Adopting a Safety Policy and Assembling a Safety Team

Large or small, every life science or medical technology company will eventually have to deal with a products liability claim or event. A lack of adequate planning for such an occurrence can result in damage to the brand,...more

California Paid Sick Leave Law Compliance Checklist

Beginning on July 1, 2015, most California employers are required to offer nearly all of their employees paid sick time under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (“Act”), codified at California Labor Code sections...more

Second Circuit Confirms That Providing “Effective” Reasonable Accommodation Sufficient Under ADA and NYS Law

In Noll v. Int’l Bus. Machs. Corp., 13-cv-4096 (2d Cir May 21, 2015), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the extent to which, under the ADA and New York State law, an employee must be provided with the precise...more

Should You Have Job Descriptions? (Hint: Yes)

No state or federal law “requires” job descriptions. But job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and legal reasons. Here are some of the most important...more

Does Your Ethics & Compliance Policy Management Work? [Survey Says…]

The most definitive set of benchmarking data on ethics and compliance policy management ever compiled: NAVEX Global conducted an anonymous survey of nearly 900 ethics and compliance professionals about policy...more

Come To Work And…Get Some Sleep?

Once upon a time, falling asleep at work was one of the best ways to get fired. Now, however, snoozing employees may not just have to be tolerated, they may need to be paid as well! How did we get to such an absurd point?...more

The Transformation of Transgender Rights in the Workplace

Gender transition and transgender identity has taken center stage in the media recently. However, out of the spotlight, the rights of transgender persons may be unclear to many. Transgender persons struggle with difficult...more

OSHA Publishes Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers

All employees, including transgender employees, should have access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. That’s the takeaway from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s...more

Encouraging Employees to Break the “Rules” to Do the Right Thing

Laws and regulations draw black lines in often-gray areas. That is their purpose; they exist to make it easier to tell what is “wrong” and what is “right” (as defined by whoever made the law). The U.S. government has...more

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