Employee Rights

Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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Executive Order Requires Disclosure of Labor Violations

Employers doing business with the federal government must now jump through additional hoops. In yet another example of the executive branch pursuing its agenda outside of the legislative process, President Obama signed...more

Recent Case Reminds Companies That, Though Much Embattled, Independent Contractor Classifications Can Be Valid

The dividing line between employees and independent contractors has been a hot topic in employment law for several years. In addition to the interest the federal government has taken in possible misclassification of...more

Quick Quiz Answer: Pay For Being In On-Call Status

The answer to our September 22, 2014 Quick Quiz is, "Yes, even though the payments are not tied to the on-call hours he works." In declining percentage order, the responses were...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? A Change in the Ground Rules at FedEx Ground

I’ll bet you assume that the hard-working driver who delivers your packages and letters shipped by Federal Express is a FedEx employee. After all, he or she wears a FedEx uniform, drives a FedEx truck, uses a FedEx handheld...more

A Bird’s Eye View of the DFEH (Part 3): An Interview with Patti Perez on Reasonable Accommodations, the Interactive Process, and...

In part one of our interview with Patti Perez, Esq., SPHR, president and CEO of Puente Consulting, and member of the DFEH’s Fair Employment and Housing Council, Perez shared insights on her role as a DFEH councilmember and...more

NLRB Still “Likes” Expansive Employee Speech

Unlike many issues, it seems that at least one issue (so far) has the NLRB on the same page as a recent court decision: whether clicking “like” on Facebook amounts to substantive, protectable speech. In my earlier blog posts...more

Court Sends Plaintiffs Back to the Locker Room Unhappy When It Denies Conditional Certification

In January 2014, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell raised eyebrows (and ire) when he announced that the league was considering eliminating the extra point after a touchdown. As Goodell put it, “the extra point is almost...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

Joint Employers Under NLRB Law

A. Introduction - Over the last few weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion in the legal media regarding the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) General Counsel’s (GC) argument to the Board, that...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 10 of 11 – Derek Jeter and Big Macs: What Will Happen to Their Franchises Now?

Sadly, for this writer, Yankee legend Derek Jeter’s playing days have come to a close. This summer we were able to watch the Captain and five-time World Series Champion take the final swings of his illustrious career where he...more

What types of workers’ compensation are there in Illinois?

According to records kept by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 905,700 American workers had to miss one or more days of work in 2012 because of a job-related injury. Injured workers in Illinois have the right to collect...more

EEOC's Attack On Severance Agreements Dealt Blow

As we noted earlier this year, the EEOC has begun filing legal challenges to relatively common provisions found in form severance agreements, based on the EEOC's belief that such language unlawfully interferes with employees'...more

Unpaid Interns Suing for Back Wages Part of Growing Trend

The question of whether employers should pay interns remains a difficult one. While in some fields it is traditional to hire college students and recent graduates as unpaid interns, this can become a costly mistake if a...more

Employment Law Quiz: You Be The Judge!

Susan and her husband, who are white, are cleaning out their attic one weekend. They come across some quaint old clothes and sepia-tinted pictures, and among the treasures Susan finds an old yellowed ticket from 1920 to an...more

Here’s to Your Employees’ Health: California Passes Broad Paid Sick Leave Law

Many employers voluntarily offer paid sick leave to their full-time employees. A new California law will now mandate that all employers provide such a benefit to all California employees, including part-time, temporary, and...more

Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 9 of 11 – Mo’ne Davis, Becky Hammon and Obama’s Equal Pay Disclosure Rule: Three More...

Thirteen year-old pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis made headlines this summer as she became the first female to throw a shut-out in a Little League World Series game. She dominated batter after batter and looked mature beyond...more

Massachusetts Enacts Domestic Violence Leave Law

Massachusetts employers of 50 or more employees must permit employees to take up to 15 days of domestic violence leave in any 12-month period. Employees who are victims of abusive behavior, or whose family members are victims...more

Resource Update: Innovative Strategies for Defending Against the Rising Tide of Wage and Hour Class and Collective Action Claims

Over the last decade, employers increasingly have been bombarded with wage and hour lawsuits filed by current and former employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state law equivalents. Though no...more

Are You a Co-Employer? FMLA Joint Employer Liability Can Be Deadly

To be covered by the FMLA, a private employer must employ at least 50 employees within a 75-mile area. If the employer doesn’t meet this threshold, it is not obligated to provide FMLA leave to its employees. However, an...more

Rochester Follows Buffalo’s Lead in Passing “Ban the Box” Legislation

As detailed in our blog dated September 2, 2013, Buffalo joined numerous local and state jurisdictions in adopting some form of “ban the box” legislation. The City of Rochester has now joined Buffalo to become the second city...more

Putative Class Members Not Lovin’ It – Court Denies Conditional Certification of Supersized McDonald’s FLSA Class of More Than...

McDonald’s, the fast food giant known for supersizing its orders, avoided conditional certification of an FLSA collective action this week based on the “very large” size of the putative class. The Eastern District of Michigan...more

Tenth Circuit Reverses Trial Court Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration Of Wage Dispute

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order denying an employer’s motion to compel arbitration of a wage dispute under the arbitration clause contained in the plaintiffs’ Confidentiality/Non-Compete...more

Recent Amendments to the Massachusetts Wage Act

Governor Deval Patrick has recently signed into law amendments to the Massachusetts Wage Act. The statute of limitations on claims based on employers' failure to pay overtime has now been extended one year, making it the same...more

Reminder to Private Employers: EE0-1 Reports Due Soon!

If you are a private employer with 100 or more employees, you must file an EE0-1 Report with the federal Joint Reporting Committee no later than September 30, 2014. The EEOC uses this employment data to detect employment...more

6 Tips for Preventing Employee Abuse of the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take time off for certain serious health conditions, or to care for a spouse, parent or child with a serious illness or injury. While most FMLA leave is...more

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