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Federal Education Secretary Announces Plans to Revamp Title IX Directives

by Barley Snyder on

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced plans to “revoke or rescind” current guidance addressing enforcement of Title IX. Secretary Betsy DeVos said earlier this month the department plans to review and...more

Faulty Issues With No Fault Attendance Policies

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Many of our clients have no fault attendance policies by which the employees are assessed a point or half of a point for each tardy, absence or for leaving their shift early. Once the employee meets the required number of...more

Office Marital Dispute Did Not Trigger Employer’s Duty to Investigate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Nakai v. Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc., the California Court of Appeal considered whether marital disputes that spill into the workplace trigger FEHA’s marital status protections...more

Public Official or Private Citizen? In Free Speech Cases, Courts Must Decide

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

First Amendment retaliation claims may be getting harder to pursue for state employees, as courts seem increasingly likely to view speech as part of the employees' roles as public officials rather than as private citizens....more

Student Expulsion Upheld For Off-Campus, Online Activity

by Roetzel & Andress on

On July 26, 2017, the 5th Appellate District Court of Appeals (Richland County) issued a decision in N.Z. vs Madison Local Board of Education that should be read by every school administrator involved in student...more

Sharp Pencil Not a Weapon Under Pennsylvania School Code

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

S.A. v. Pittsburgh Pub. Sch. Dist., 2017 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 152 (Pa. Commw. Ct. May 1, 2017). Summary and Factual Background - S.A. was a 10th grade student at Barack Obama International Academy, a high school in the...more

FINRA Moves to Protect Seniors and Other Vulnerable Persons

by Carlton Fields on

FINRA has taken another step to protect against what it calls "financial exploitation of vulnerable individuals or individuals with diminished capacity." These include seniors (at least age 65) and persons (at least age 18)...more

Department of Education Rethinking Campus Guidance on Sexual Assault

by Littler on

Higher education institutions may soon be asked to reconsider how they comply with Title IX obligations when a student or employee files a sexual assault complaint. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently indicated it...more

Resignation or dismissal?

by Hogan Lovells on

Employees who have been charged with misconduct and are due to face disciplinary hearings have been found to resign instead of face the disciplinary hearing, however, at the disciplinary hearing; the employer goes ahead and...more

Employment News - July 2017 #4

by Hogan Lovells on

Compare and contrast – pension based on hours reduced because of disability was not discriminatory - The Court of Appeal has upheld the EAT decision in Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & Assurance...more

Discharged Employee Not an “Employee” Under Personnel Files Act

The Pennsylvania Personnel Files Act (also known as the Inspection of Employment Records Law), grants employees in Pennsylvania, or their designated agents, the right to inspect certain portions of their personnel records....more

Bridging the Week - June 2017 #4

CFTC Inspector General Strongly Criticizes Cost-Benefit Analysis Underlying Commission’s Rule Establishing Margin for Uncleared Swaps: The Office of Inspector General of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said that the...more

Bad Language: A Good Reason to Fire People?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What is an employer to do when an employee goes on a tirade at the work place or on social media? In general, an employee cannot be disciplined by his employer for statements about work-place concerns, such as wages or...more

Derogatory... racist, or simply a racial descriptor?

by Hogan Lovells on

In a previous edition of our newsletter, we featured the very important Constitutional Court judgment in SARS v Kruger & Others where the court upheld the dismissal of Mr Kruger as being fair where he referred to his superior...more

A useful reminder: curing procedural defects on appeal

by Dentons on

The CA's decision in Adeshina v. St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and ors serves as a useful reminder to employers of the possibility that an internal appeal can cure procedural defects in an original...more

Disciplinary Discharge of Employees on Workers’ Compensation

Employers often shy away from discharging employees for disciplinary reasons when those employees are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, such as in instances where the employee is working a modified duty assignment....more

DC Circuit “Busts” NLRB’s Finding of Weingarten Violation by Las Vegas Casino

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit put the National Labor Relations Board “on tilt” when it overturned a decision finding that Bellagio, LLC violated Section 8(a)(1) of...more

Don’t Feed The Trolls: What Employers Can Do To Combat Internet Trolls

by Fisher Phillips on

...The internet has forever changed the way information is shared. The rapid-fire online patter produces comments and information that could be both helpful and harmful to an employer and its employees. On the one hand, such...more

First annual report on notarial disciplinary law cases 2015 a first impression (Dutch)

by Dentons on

The first annual report of the notarial disciplinary court. On January 1, 2018, the Act enters into charge monitoring and disciplinary legal professions (Staatsblad 2016, 500). Then art. 94a Law on the lawyer's law to gain...more

How to Handle an Employee Who Refuses to Sign Disciplinary Forms

Have you ever had an employee refuse to sign a disciplinary notice? It doesn’t matter if you have enough evidence of wrongdoing to prevail in a court of law, the employee refuses....more

Special Education Tip - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - 46-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

School staff oftentimes find themselves in a quandary when they overlook student misbehaviors as the misbehaviors are the result of the disability. Eventually, there comes a time when it becomes evident that no matter how...more

California Court Refuses to Shelve Barnes & Noble Manager’s Termination Claim

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

An employee without an employment contract is typically deemed to be an at-will employee. In an at-will employment relationship, the employer has the right to terminate the employee for any reason, with or without cause....more

Dealing With Problem Employees and Employee Problems: What Employers Need To Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employees are only human — misconduct, theft, harassment, discrimination, and even criminal conduct are a fact of life, even in the workplace. Companies confronted with allegations of workplace misconduct must consider the...more

FINRA Updates Its Sanction Guidelines

Earlier this month, FINRA announced changes to its Sanction Guidelines through Notice to Members 17-13. FINRA’s Sanction Guidelines are used by FINRA disciplinary hearing panels to decide what, if any, sanctions to impose in...more

Anti-bullying order used to stop employer from finalising a misconduct investigation and taking disciplinary action

by Dentons on

What orders can the FWC make? The FWC can make binding orders when it is satisfied that a worker has been bullied at work and there is a risk that the bullying will continue. The possible orders are far-reaching. To...more

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