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Employee Handbooks are reference manuals for new and current employees on the policies and procedures of a particular employer. A comprehensive employee handbooks outlines expectations and obligations for both... more +
Employee Handbooks are reference manuals for new and current employees on the policies and procedures of a particular employer. A comprehensive employee handbooks outlines expectations and obligations for both employees and employers and is an important part of effective human resource management. A proper handbook contains detailed information on non-disclosure and conflict of interest obligations, work schedules, employee compensation and benefits, anti-discrimination policies, and codes of conduct to name a few. less -

Employment Law - August 2017

Deferred Vacation Policy Lawful, California Appellate Court Rules - Why it matters - A vacation policy that employees do not begin to earn vacation time until after their first year of employment is lawful, the...more

New York Issues Final Paid Family Leave Law Regulations

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The New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”), passed last year and effective January 1, 2018, will provide eligible employees with a paid, job-protected leave of absence, starting at 8 weeks in 2018 and eventually...more

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

by Ruder Ware on

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate...more

9 Legal Questions Every Small Business Owner Should Ask

by Fraser Trebilcock on

As a small business owner, you wear multiple hats. Making sure your business is compliant with laws and regulations is a top priority. These 9 legal questions every small business owner should ask will help you evaluate where...more

California Adds New Notice Requirement for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Employers, another notice provision has taken effect in California. Beginning on July 1, 2017, employers with at least 25 employees must now provide written notice to new employees that explain the rights of victims of...more

Implement a Waiting Period for Paid Vacation in California? Yes You Can.

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

California employers know they must compensate any employee unused and vested vacation pay upon separation from employment. Once vacation is vested, the right to vacation pay cannot be forfeited. But what happens when...more

New Mandatory Form I-9 and Employer Handbook

USCIS recently released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form makes subtle changes to phrases and instructions and adds additional acceptable List C documents. Starting September 18,...more

Federal Court Reverses NLRB “Positive Work Environment” Handbook Decision

by Ruder Ware on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) created controversy a couple of years ago when it ruled that handbook policies maintained by T-Mobile USA requiring employees to maintain a positive work environment were illegal...more

Wisconsin Appellate Court Holds Management Policy Does Not Negate At-Will Employment Relationship

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

At-will employment is the default rule in Wisconsin. Employers may terminate for any reason or no reason at all. However, that relationship can be overridden by contract, in some cases inadvertently, through employee...more

Be Careful When Firing an Employee Who Is Out On Workers’ Compensation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Handling workers’ compensation claims can present a number of challenges, such as determining whether an injury is work-related and evaluating back-to-work accommodation requests. Another challenge arises when you consider...more

Need Cool Relief From Summer Heat? Try a Refreshing Handbook Update!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although there’s no right or wrong time to do a handbook update, we recommend them annually. Might as well take the opportunity when operations are typically slower, summertime, to give your handbook a...more

Washington State Approves Paid Family and Medical Leave: What Employers Need to Know

With Governor Inslee’s signature on July 5, 2017, Washington State joined just a handful of states mandating paid family and medical leave. Washington’s leave is funded by both employers and employees, and employees will be...more

What Is a Regulated Drug Test?

In 1987, the Connecticut legislature passed Public Act 87-551, entitled An Act Concerning Drug Testing in the Workplace, which imposed restrictions on employer-required drug testing (now found at Sections 31-51t et seq of the...more

New Study Suggests Drug Use in Our Workforce is on the Rise ….How Can Employers Protect Themselves and Their Employees?

A recent study released by Quest Diagnostics reveals that drug use in the country’s workforce is on the rise. According to Quest’s analysis of more than ten million tests conducted in 2016, drug use among the combined US....more

Trump NLRB Appointments May Result in Reversals of Multiple Labor Decisions

Last week, President Trump named his final appointee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving Republicans a majority of the board’s members. Over time, this majority is likely to reverse a number of controversial...more

Another Facially Neutral Employment Policy Bites the Dust

About a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) struck down another neutral employer workplace rule – this one against making unauthorized recordings in the workplace. The NLRB’s decision just was...more

First Department Finds Work-Product Protection Not Waived by Storage of Documents on Company Laptop

On June 6, 2017, the First Department had an opportunity to apply—and reaffirm—last month’s decision in Peerenboom v. Marvel Entm’t, LLC, where the Court held that use of a company email system for personal purposes “does...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Changing Face Of Discrimination

by Fisher Phillips on

As all hospitality employers know, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sex.” However, the statute does not specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity. What does...more

White House Gone Wild!

by FordHarrison on

These days, just about anyone with an Internet connection and some time on their hands enjoys a wonder of the modern age: binge-watching. One of the first, and still one of my favorites, is Netflix’s House of Cards. No matter...more

The NLRB is Still in Business – Watch Your Handbooks

by Baker Donelson on

While employers wait to see if the Trump Administration will produce a kinder, gentler National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the NLRB is still in the business of punishing employers for workplace policies that ostensibly...more

NLRB Takes Aim (Again) at Non-Unionized Employee Handbook

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

This month, NLRB Judge Robert A. Ringler struck down numerous policies (17 in total) in a non-unionized employee handbook, concluding that those policies all violated Sections 7 and/or 8 of the National Labor Relations Act....more

Labor Board Allows Evidence To Explain Employee Handbook Ban On Video Recording

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The National Labor Relations Board has denied a motion for summary judgment by the NLRB’s General Counsel in a case involving Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.’s maintenance of an employee handbook rule prohibiting the...more

NLRB GC's Attempt At Summary Judgment In Handbook Case Rejected By NLRB Majority

The change in a presidential administration always brings changes to government agencies, including the NLRB, as new appointments are made reflecting the policy preferences of the administration. The NLRB is not immune to...more

Non-Union Employers Beware: Your Employee Handbook May Violate Employees’ Rights

by Carlton Fields on

Can a company prohibit its employees from participating in public writing or speaking engagements without prior company authorization? What about speaking to the press or media? Such policies are common and routinely included...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

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