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Employment Law - July 2014

Recess Is Over: Supreme Court Strikes NLRB Appointments - Why it matters: Striking a blow to the President and the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Supreme Court held that three recess appointments made by...more

Federal Appellate Court Finds Employer Provided Reasonable Accommodation To Disabled Employee, Even Though It Did Not Provide The...

A federal appellate court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that a Dairy Queen franchisee failed to reasonably accommodate a blind employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Bunn v. Khoury...more

You Posted My Medical Information on Facebook?!?!?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment. An employer is required to make a reasonable...more

Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Disability Discrimination

Retailer Rescinded Accommodation, Then Fired Intellectually Disabled Employee, Federal Agency Charges - ROCKFORD, Ill. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit here yesterday against...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Considers the Duty to Accommodate Probationary Employees

In reasons released on May 6, 2014, the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Telecommunications Workers Union in respect of an unsuccessful judicial review application to question a labour arbitrator award. The...more

America's Largest Drug Store Chain to Pay $180,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

South San Francisco Walgreens Fired Longtime Employee With Diabetes Over a $1.39 Bag of Chips, Federal Agency Charged - SAN FRANCISCO - Drugstore giant Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a longtime employee with...more

Breaking Down New Regulatory and Administrative Initiatives in the L&E Space

Recently, the NLRB chair, Mark G. Pearce, confirmed that the Board will continue its emphasis on social media cases. In 2011 and 2012, NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon released three memoranda detailing the results of...more

New York State Legislature Approves Use of Medical Marijuana; Users to Be Considered "Disabled" Under State Human Rights Law

On June 20, 2014, the New York state legislature approved a bill that would allow patients to use marijuana for limited medical therapeutic purposes. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will not...more

New York Legislature Passes Medical Marihuana Law

Subject to signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York is set to become the twenty-third state to legalize medical marihuana. Importantly, the New York legislation is limited to non-smokable forms of marihuana. ...more

OFCCP Updates Its Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Section 503 and VEVRAA Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued regulations that became effective on March 24, 2014 governing affirmative action requirements for disabled individuals and protected...more

Testing the boundaries of disability discrimination

Guy Lamb, a Partner in our Leeds office, comments: Two cases this month have raised questions as to how far the protection of disability discrimination law should extend....more

What Happens When The Limitations Provision in the Plan As Applied Creates An Impossible Accrual Date?

Approximately six months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., 134 S. Ct. 604 (2013), addressed whether an employee benefit plan covered by the Employee...more

Princeton Healthcare Pays $1.35 Million to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit with EEOC

Hospital Fired Employees After 12 Weeks of Leave, Federal Agency Says - TRENTON, N.J. --- Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), which operates an inpatient hospital and several outpatient medical facilities, will pay...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Allows Termination of TTD Benefits on General Economic Conditions

Employees injured on the job who are terminated by their employer are generally entitled to collect temporary total disability (TTD) benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act until they are able to locate suitable...more

Employers May Now Have To Provide Employees With The Added Comfort Of Working From Home

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has put employers on notice that they may need to accommodate employees with disabilities by allowing them to work remotely from home, forcing employers to reconsider whether a physical...more

ODSP – Is it deductible from Non-Earner and Income Replacement Benefits?

The decision by Arbitrator Alves in Anglin v. State Farm [FSCO A11-000817] resolves the issue of whether an Insurer is able to deduct ODSP payments from non-earner benefits. In this case, at the time of the accident, the...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 46: How To Deal With Employees Using...

Fifty years ago when Title VII became law and 23 years ago when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, it would be inconceivable that someone would be blogging about accommodating employees by allowing them to smoke...more

Fort Worth Center of Rehabilitation to Pay $30,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Healthcare Facility Denied Applicant in Renal Failure Reasonable Accommodation for Her Disability, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - A Fort Worth-based health care facility will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to...more

Quirky Question #232, We Can Require Our Employee To Work At The Office, Right?

Question: We are a medium-sized Minnesota employer. Our lead accountant recently spoke with our Director of Human Resources and requested to work from home several days a week due to a medical condition. We believe...more

Discrimination and Duty to Accommodate Disabled (Non-Compliant) Co-Op Member

In the recent case of Castlegreen Co-Operative Inc. v Carmichael, the court discussed the human rights issues at play when terminating the membership of disabled co-operative members....more

Jamison Shaw Hairdressers Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Atlanta Hair Salon Unlawfully Fired Disabled Veteran, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, which operates a salon in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, violated federal law by subjecting a...more

Long Term Care Providers Take Note: The Top Five Employment Law Mistakes to Avoid

Americans love top ten lists. In that love-for-lists spirit, and in an effort to be informative, we list below the top five employment law mistakes that long term care employers need to avoid. 1. Implementing a...more

EEOC Sues Baldwin Supply of Minneapolis for Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Allow Employee to Return After Heart Attack and Fired Him Instead, Federal Agency Charges - MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis-based distributor violated federal civil rights law by not allowing an employee...more

Wait, Now I Can’t Fire My Employees For Stealing? California Federal Court Holds Application of Anti-Grazing Policy to Diabetic...

A California Federal court recently permitted a disability discrimination claim to proceed to a jury trial in a lawsuit alleging that Walgreens unlawfully terminated a diabetic employee for violating its “anti-grazing” policy...more

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