Employee Handbooks At-Will Employment

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 -
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Differences in Public Policy Can Affect Claims of Wrongful Discharge

Most jurisdictions, including Connecticut, recognize a tort of “wrongful discharge” as an exception to the principle of employment at will. Although employment at will generally allows either the employer or the employee to...more

Employee terminated despite manual’s assurances against retaliation

It is often said that “a promise is a promise,” but what does that adage mean? A promise is a statement or declaration that a person will or will not do something. In most cases, a promise is not enforceable under the law...more

How to Fire a Conspiracy Theorist

Do you have an employee that is a conspiracy theorist? You know, someone like Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy. Tracy is the communications professor that claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre, Boston Marathon...more

By The Book: Transforming Handbooks Into Contracts In Langenkamp V. Olson

A recent summary order from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – which exercises federal appellate jurisdiction over New York, Connecticut and Vermont — serves as a reminder that an employer’s reliance...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

The NLRB's Assault on Employee Handbooks: Potentially Illegal Workplace Rules and Policies

Most employers and their legal counsel take pride in rules and policies that have become standard fare in the workplace. Employee Handbooks almost always contain, and certainly should contain, conspicuous provisions that...more

Utah Supreme Court Confirms Employee Handbook Disclaimer Can Protect Utah Companies from Implied Contractual Claims

A recent Utah Supreme Court decision drives home to companies with employees in Utah that a clear and conspicuous disclaimer in a prominent point of an employee handbook goes a long way to protecting the company from any...more

The Latest From The NLRB On Employment-At-Will Policies

Just two years ago, employers weren’t terribly worried about the approach the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took toward employment-at-will policies. True, the board did seem to signal at the time that it might...more

Act Now Advisory: Overbroad Handbook Policies May Constitute Unfair Labor Practices

At-will disclaimers in employee handbooks may provide protection from contract claims, but a recent decision by a National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") serves to remind employers that the...more

Are Employment Contracts Always Terminable At the Will of Either Party?

In states where employment is generally considered “at-will,” many employers take it as a foregone conclusion that employment contracts are terminable at the will of either party. But is this conclusion always correct? The...more

Using Biometrics In The Workplace

In the past, employees rarely objected to having their picture taken for the company’s identification badge. But in this age of technology allowing for facial recognition, photo “tagging,” finger or palm prints, and other...more

Top Ten Policies Every Employee Handbook Should Have

An Employee Handbook is a critical communication tool that sets forth corporate goals, policies and objectives as well as the expectations demanded of employees....more

The Board Plays On: The NLRB Clarifies Its Position on At-Will Disclaimers

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set the business community atwitter when an administrative law judge in American Red Cross decided that an at-will disclaimer in an employee handbook violated the National...more

Employment Flash - February 2013

In This Issue: - Ohio Supreme Court Reverses Decision on Surviving Merger Entity’s Ability to Enforce Noncompetition Agreements - “Sweet” Decision for California Employers: Court Approves Time Rounding in Case...more

NLRB Gets Busy – Part 2 NLRB Incursion Into Non-Unionized Workplace

In January, we told you about recent activity by the National Labor Relations Board that overturned or departed from settled precedent. As promised, in Part 2 of this Alert series we summarize recent decisions where the...more

NLRB Issues New Guidance on At-Will Disclaimers

The Office of the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) recently issued two advice memoranda that shed some light on the legality of employers’ “at-will” disclaimers in employee handbooks...more

NLRB Advice on Lawful Employment At Will Provisions Under the NLRA

On October 31, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of General Counsel (G. C.) issued two Advice Memoranda clarifying whether employment at-will language in an employee handbook, applications or other...more

The Times They Are a-Changin’: What Employers Need to Know Now About Legislative Developments, NLRB Activities and the EEOC’s...

Prompted by many inquiries from employers about recent significant developments in workplace laws, Lane Powell provides the following overview on the Marriage Equality Act and the recreational marijuana initiative passed by...more

NLRB Offers Advice on At-Will Employment Handbook Language

It is a good, standard practice for employers to include a provision in their employee handbooks, where applicable, to clarify that the terms of employment in the handbook do not alter the at-will status of the employer’s...more

NLRB Provides New Guidance on At-Will Employment Provisions

On October 31, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel issued two advice memoranda addressing at-will provisions in employee handbooks. In both cases, the NLRB concluded that the...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2012: NLRB Continues To Set Sights On Healthcare Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued its aggressive attack on employers in the healthcare industry and nonunion employers generally. With a membership majority that is widely recognized as being pro-union,...more

Snap Back to Reality: NLRB Steps Back from the Ledge on Employment At Will

Executive Summary: Following recent attacks on the employment at-will doctrine by one of the NLRB's Regions, the Board has stepped its position back somewhat, issuing two Advice Memorandums through its Associate General...more

A Halloween Treat for Employers? – NLRB's Acting General Counsel Issues Advice on At-Will Employment Statements

On Halloween, Lafe Solomon, Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, issued two Advice Memoranda addressing whether employment-at-will statements in two employee handbooks violated Section 7 of the...more

NLRB Division, Some “At-Will” Clauses Ok

The Board’s excruciatingly close scrutiny of employer policies continues as the agency looks for opportunities to expand its juridiction by rooting out all evil lurking in handbooks and other written employment policies....more

NLRB’s Division of Advice Finds Two At-Will Employment Policies Lawful

Advice memoranda describe limits of potential challenges to at-will employment policies under the NLRA. On October 31, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's or Board's) Division of Advice issued two memoranda...more

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