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CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – October, 2016 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: As an assistant principal, my responsibilities include dealing with students who have disciplinary issues. While most of these students are good people just caught doing bad things, I am afraid that a...more

NLRB Rules That Employers Must Give Union Opportunity To Bargain Over Discretionary Discipline For Employees Represented By A...

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that discretionary discipline is a mandatory subject of bargaining and that employers may not unilaterally impose serious discipline (which the NLRB defines...more

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Release Dear Colleague Letters Jointly Announcing New SECURe Rubrics...

On September 8, 2016, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (“COPS”) jointly released new guidance regarding school resource...more

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Issue “Dear Colleague” Letters and Resource Materials for LEAs Addressing the Use of...

On Sept. 8, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) each issued “Dear Colleague” letters and accompanying “resource documents” addressing school-based law enforcement and the role of School Resource Officers...more

Department of Education Releases New Guidance on SROs, Police in Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued non-binding regulatory guidance regarding law-enforcement officers’ involvement in the administration of school discipline. The new guidance,...more

Newly Organized Employer Must Bargain Over Discretionary Employee Discipline Pre-First Contract, NLRB Rules

Prior to entering into a first contract, an employer has a statutory obligation to bargain with the union that represents its employees before imposing discretionary “serious discipline” (such as suspension, demotion, or...more

Hallmark 6-Incentives and Disciplinary Measures

The FCPA Guidance states, “In addition to evaluating the design and implementa­tion of a compliance program throughout an organization, enforcement of that program is fundamental to its effec­tiveness. A compliance program...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 6 [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at all ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program as set out in the FCPA Guidance. In this episode I review Hallmark 6-Incentives and Disciplinary Measures....more

French Labor Court Holds: Look The Other Way And Pay

France is world-renowned for its protection of employees against adverse employer actions, particularly unilateral terminations. Like virtually all other countries outside the United States, France does not recognize at-will...more

Pokémon No! A Strategy Guide on Handling the Latest Smartphone Craze in the Workplace

Although Pokémon Go is only 21 days young, over 30 million users have downloaded and played the augmented reality game on their smartphones. In the latest release of the pocket monster franchise, your mission is to capture...more

Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article, “Use Caution When Shortening Student’s School Day to Address Behavior”

A public charter school student with autism and an emotional disturbance is suspended frequently over the course of a school year, with 10 days of removals in total. In an effort to address his behavioral issues, which...more

New Pay Secrecy Law Finds a Place in Court With Lawsuit

Well, it was bound to happen. After nine years of writing the blog on a near daily schedule, some work and personal commitments interfered with my blog writing schedule. But never fear, more new posts from me are now right...more

Can Employers Discipline Employees for “Self-Help Discovery”? Massachusetts Decision Raises More Questions Than Answers

Employers know all too well that employees sometimes help themselves to documents the employer would like to keep confidential. This is precisely why many employers require employees to sign confidentiality agreements and...more

OSHA's New Injury Reporting Standards and the Post-Accident Protocols All Employers Will Want to Re-examine

Employees may feel more secure in reporting injuries after a newly issued rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but many employers will find previously compliant protocols are now vulnerable to...more

Female deputy’s different treatment poses problem for sheriff

For many years, law enforcement was a male-dominated profession. Recently, police and sheriff departments have made strides to increase the number of female officers. All employers must ensure they are treating male and...more

Top Five Best Practices for Workplace Investigations

A well-conducted investigation can reduce workplace conflict, promote job satisfaction and inclusion, and can also help shield you from legal liability. However, the converse is also true — a botched investigation can have...more

Quirky Question #279: Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

Question: I am a manager in a medium-sized retailer that has locations and employees in 16 states. The company maintains a social media policy, which was recently updated. ...more

Save Your Soliciting for Snack Time

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (the “court”) (ConAgra Foods, Inc. v. NLRB, 813 F.3d 1079 (8th Cir. 2016)) recently overturned a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) which had...more

SOX Whistleblower Receives $250,000 Award Related to State Wage Act Complaints

The ARB recently concluded that a former program manager was entitled to recover more than $250,000 in back pay and benefits under Section 806 of SOX based on his discipline and constructive discharge. The ARB clarified that...more

Repeated Touching Enough to Justify Same-Sex Harassment Verdict

Plaintiffs seeking compensation for sexual harassment must demonstrate that they were subjected to a hostile and offensive working environment. Plaintiffs in same-sex harassment claims have the additional burden of proving...more

Warnings and Loss of Bonus Deemed Acceptable Response to Harassment Complaints

Employers understand that once they become aware of allegations of workplace harassment, they are legally obligated to investigate the claims and if appropriate, to take disciplinary action against the harasser. In some...more

The Complaint Over Lunch With the Boss As Protected Activity

Is a non-union employee who speaks out about employment matters protected by the National Labor Relations Act? If so, under what circumstances? That question is critically important because if the employee is protected and...more

Just Like Hollywood, Big Pictures are Best in Termination Decisions

A federal appeals court recently revived a former employee’s gender discriminatory discharge claim even though there appeared to be legitimate reasons for her termination. The decision suggests that employers take a big...more

UN Group Issues Recommendations Concerning School Discipline Policies

The past two years have seen considerable attention, on both the federal and state level, on the issue of student discipline. Specifically, the disparate impact student suspensions and expulsions have on students of color. In...more

NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer

Judge McGuire came down pretty hard on a Florida attorney admitted pro hac vice (meaning "for this one particular occasion") by another Superior Court Judge, in McCarthy v. Hampton, 2016NCBC 4. He revoked the lawyer's...more

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