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Dismissal for "Pulling a Sickie" Was Fair

In Metroline West Ltd v Ajaj UKEAT/0185/15/RN, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the fairness of a dismissal of an employee who had exaggerated his sickness. Mr Ajaj was employed as a bus driver for...more

Internal Investigative Reports That Lead to Discipline Are Not Exempt Adjudicatory Records under FOIA

An Illinois Appellate Court has further limited the public records that a public body can withhold from disclosure under Section 7(1)(n) of the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts “records relating to a public body’s...more

California Appellate Court Finds College Student Accused of Sexual Assault Was Denied Due Process

In a ruling sure to reverberate on college campuses across the nation, a California appeals court unanimously reversed the trial court’s ruling in Doe v. Univ. of Southern California. In Doe, a student (“Doe”) sued the...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter - The dangers of inflexible disciplinary procedures

A recent Hong Kong appeal decision of the Court of First Instance concerned the application of disciplinary procedures to an employee whose performance had already been reviewed under a performance improvement plan (PIP)....more

Doe v. Brandeis University : Implications for University Disciplinary Systems and Policies

Case Background - Brandeis University initiated disciplinary proceedings against a student, John Doe, who allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with another student, J.C. The two students had been in a romantic...more

Ethics Opinion Prevents Double Dipping in a Contingency Fee Arrangement

Attorneys cannot double dip on contingency fees to settle third party liens or claims. In Ethics Opinion RO-2015-01, the Disciplinary Commission of the Alabama State Bar addressed whether or not a lawyer representing a...more

Firing someone returning from leave

Taking action against an employee after they return from a Family and Medical Leave Act absence can expose an employer to claims of FMLA retaliation. But sometimes it takes an employee’s absence to learn about that employee’s...more

Professional Regulation and Ungovernability

Riccioni v. Law Society of Alberta, 2015 ABCA 62 (CanLII) (Alta CA), upholding a decision by the Law Society to disbar one of its members in part for ungovernability - Earlier this year, the Alberta Court of Appeal...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 25, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 15 January 2016 - Lawrence v Calvary Home Care Services Ltd [2016] FWC 175 This...more

UK Employment Law Briefing: Our Practical Guide To The Employment Law Developments Most Likely To Impact On Your Business

Disciplinary Procedures - There have been a number of recent decisions, all with a practical impact on the conduct of disciplinary procedures. Right to be accompanied - In Stevens –v- University of Birmingham,...more

Naughty Neonatal Nurse Nixed After Nineteen Years; Hospital Wins Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A veteran neonatal nurse practitioner who was fired after one too many acts of misconduct could not prove age discrimination, a federal appeals court recently confirmed. The case presents healthcare employers with a good...more

A Double-Edged Sword: Federal Abstention in the Student Disciplinary Hearing Context

As higher education institutions struggle to implement the Department of Education’s ever-expanding rules governing sexual violence on campus, many student respondents involved in disciplinary proceedings are returning fire...more

Treasury makes Payment Account Regulations

The Payment Account Regulations 2015 have been published, together with an explanatory memorandum. The Regulations implement the Payment Accounts Directive (PAD) with the following main features...more

SMR disciplinary powers to come into force

Treasury has made The Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 (Commencement No. 9) (Amendment) Order 2015. It amends the individual accountability regime in FSMA governing individuals in UK banks under the Senior...more

How to Deal with Grievances During Disciplinary Procedures

Could UK Employers Risk an Unfair Dismissal Claim if They Do Not Pause the Process? One issue which can trouble HR professionals is how to deal with a grievance lodged by an employee during the course of a disciplinary...more

Treasury gives FCA AIFMR disciplinary powers

Treasury has given FCA new disciplinary powers via the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Misconduct and Appropriate Regulator) Order 2015. The order amends section 66A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000...more

Suspended Student Sues Penn State University Alleging New Sexual Misconduct Investigative Procedures Violate Due Process

Last week, a federal judge in Pennsylvania granted injunctive relief to a student who was suspended from Penn State University (the “University”) for alleged sexual misconduct. Specifically, the judge issued an order...more

Standard of Review in Discipline Matter

Professional Conduct Committee of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics v. Bodnarchuk, 2015 SKCA 81, reinstating a decision of the College Discipline Committee. A paramedic was disciplined by a Discipline Committee of...more

California Bill Seeking Minimum Punishments in College Sexual Misconduct Cases Vetoed

Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill introduced to the California State Assembly earlier this year. The bill sought to require colleges to give a minimum two year suspension if a student was found guilty of...more

Court of Appeals Rules that Kansas University Cannot Expel Accused Student for Off-Campus Sexual Misconduct

To what extent can an institution discipline a student for off-campus behavior directed at another student vis-à-vis the Internet? This issue was addressed in a recent case involving the University of Kansas (the...more

Drinking On The Job? Five Things Employers Need To Know In The Wake Of The USC Football Coach Controversy

Football powerhouse USC (University of Southern California) fired its head football coach Steve Sarkisian on October 12, 2015, after it was widely reported that the coach had been under the influence of alcohol during several...more

Treasury proposes new disciplinary powers

Treasury has published draft legislation extending PRA’s and FCA’s disciplinary powers. The changes ensure that relevant powers extend to both PRA and FCA and give FCA new powers in respect of individuals who have knowingly...more

Where to Draw the Line: HR’s Role in Disciplinary Decisions

In the recent case of Ramphal v. Department of Transport (DoT) the tricky question of where HR should draw the line in a disciplinary matter between guiding the decision-maker on the right decision, and making that decision...more

Board of Physician Reporting Requirements of Physician Privilege and Employment Changes

Attached is an annotated version of a letter I sent to the Board of Physicians (Board) regarding its proposed new regulations on mandatory hospital (and other healthcare facilities) reporting of any changes in privileges and...more

The Appropriate Punishment for Actual and Perceived Threats in the Workplace-Take Two; the Appellate Court (Sensibly) Speaks

Last year, I wrote about an unsuccessful attempt to vacate a puzzling arbitration award that overturned the termination of a school custodian who made threats of violence. In a decision that was officially issued on October...more

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