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Employees Using FMLA Leave Must Abide by Employer's Absence Notification System

Intermittent leave continues to pose some of the most vexing Family and Medical Leave Act problems for employers. Employees eligible for intermittent FMLA leave frequently miss work without advance notice, leaving the...more

Is It Illegal to Spank Your Stepchild?

Since many divorcing people are parents, this new case about physical discipline of children might be of interest. Spanking was more common with previous generations, the practice seems to be dropping off. Under Massachusetts...more

Discipline Based on Social Media Activity – An Update

Social media is no longer trendy. It’s commonplace, and so is discipline imposed because an employee posts something inappropriate. According to a Proskauer survey, 70 percent of employers report taking disciplinary action...more

NLRB Discusses Joint Employment for the First Time Since Browning-Ferris

The National Labor Relations Board, in one of its first applications of the Browning-Ferris decision, gave hope to non-union contracting entities engaged in franchising and subcontracting relationships. After an extensive...more

Employers Need to Consider Accommodation Requests Made at Any Time During a Disabled Employee’s Employment

Can an employer simply ignore a request by a disabled employee for an accommodation made in a meeting that could lead to the employee’s termination? A recent federal case from Wisconsin says no. In the case, the former...more

November Is Coming: Voting and Other Leaves

The leaves are changing, and the air is turning cooler. While employers are gearing up for fall, voting leave may be far from their minds. After all, even though the presidential candidates are in full swing campaign mode,...more

Multi-Prong Strategy Essential to Preventing Workplace Harassment

Panel of Experts Identify Practices That Can Curb Harassment at Public Meeting of EEOC Select Task Force - LOS ANGELES - Placing pressure on companies by buyers, empowering bystanders to be part of the solution, multiple...more

Connecticut’s Highest Court Expands Whistleblower Protections for Employees

What you need to know: Last Monday, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in Trusz v. UBS Realty Investors that private sector employees who make whistleblower statements pursuant to their official job duties are protected...more

The Three “H”s of Fall: Halloween, Hot Chocolate, and Handbooks

Yes, the end of the year always brings a flurry of revisions to employer handbooks. This year is no different. Business owners, general counsel, and human resources professionals throughout California and the County always...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Expands Protection for Would-Be Whistleblowers

Connecticut whistleblowers were handed a siren to sound the alarm on employers this week. In interpreting the state constitution in Trusz v. UBS Realty Investors, LLC, SC 19323 (Conn. Sup. Ct., official release Oct. 13,...more

The Ten Most Important Rules for Employers

Despite the complexity of employment law and the speed with which the law, technology, and the workplace are changing, there are a few basic principles that capture the best advice we can give to employers. They’re not a...more

Making Bad Choices: Title IX, Title VII and Ludlow V. Northwestern University

A prior post considered the case of Ha v. Northwestern University, in which the plaintiff claimed that Northwestern had violated Title IX by insufficiently disciplining one of its professors, Peter Ludlow, despite concluding...more

The Deflategate Drama: A Win for the Patriots Scores a Touchdown for Arbitration

The “Deflategate scandal,” in which the New England Patriots, and in particular their star quarterback, Tom Brady, were accused of deflating footballs beneath the required PSI (12.5-13.5 psi) to somehow gain an advantage over...more

Key Employment Updates - October 2015

With summer now officially over, we set out below some important updates to be aware of as the ‘back to work’ period begins. Employers may be able to dismiss, lawfully, for derogatory comments made on social media - The...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 27, Issue 8, September 2015

The NLRB’s Decision In Browning-Ferris Industries Of California (2015) One Month Later: Is The Sky Falling For Employers? - The short answer to the question is, “Not yet.” Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc....more

Illinois Appellate Court Decisions Addresses Important Student Discipline and Employment Issues for Public Schools

Earlier this month, the Illinois Appellate Court (First District) issued an opinion addressing a number of important student discipline and executive employment issues. Because the Appellate Court agreed with the trial court...more

NLRB Says Employer Cannot Suspend Employee for Posting Disciplinary Warning

Over the past several years, EmployNews has reported on dozens of National Labor Relations Board cases expanding the concept of employee rights in even non-unionized workplaces. Earlier this month, the NLRB added to this list...more

D.C. Circuit Releases Employer From NLRB Jail

We have frequently commented on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expansion and creation of sweeping protections to employees engaging in union organizing and other activities protected under the National Labor...more

Texts, Lies and Footballs: Tom Brady, “Deflategate,” and What’s Next?

Since we last discussed “Deflategate,” New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady appealed his four-game suspension resulting from the NFL’s finding that he had committed “conduct detrimental to the league,” based on 1) his...more

The Ninth Circuit Joins Its Sister Circuits in Ruling That an Employee Who Threatens Co-Workers with Violence Is Not “Qualified”...

The Ninth Circuit released a precedent-setting Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) decision yesterday, and it’s a big win for employers.  The Court held that an employee who makes “serious and credible threats of violence...more

AT&T “Prisoners” Can’t Escape Common Sense: D.C. Circuit Shackles NLRB T-shirt Decision

In a refreshing decision for employers, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month tossed an eyebrow-raising NLRB decision which permitted AT&T customer-facing and publicly visible technicians to wear faux prison...more

The legality of employee strike action

Welcome to Reed Smith’s Monthly Global Employment Law blog post. This month’s post covers the legality of employee strikes in five key jurisdictions: France, Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and the United States. France...more

Disciplinary Investigations of Employees – Three Names to Know

Whenever an employer is considering disciplining an employee for misconduct, three names from 1967, 1975 and 1985 continue to be associated with employer investigations and interrogations, in much the same way that Mr....more

If You Can't Fire A Teacher For Criticizing Management, Who Can You Fire?

Most school administrators would be shocked to learn that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could, in some circumstances, find that their school engaged in an unfair labor practice for disciplining or terminating an...more

Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center: The NLRB Gets Out Its Selfie Stick

Over the past few years, many employers have found out—the hard way—that the National Labor Relations Board is serious in policing employee handbooks for provisions that the Board believes are “overly broad” under Section 7...more

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