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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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Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

Is Telecommuting a More ‘Reasonable’ Accommodation Under the ADA?

On April 22, 2014, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company reviewed whether a telecommuting arrangement could be a reasonable accommodation for an employee suffering from a debilitating disability....more

Guidance for Illinois Employers on Amendments to the Human Rights Act and a Reminder to All Employers Regarding Obligations to...

On May 28, 2014, the Illinois legislature passed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that expand employment protections for employees and applicants related to pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions. The...more

Executive Briefing - May 2014

In This Issue: - ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Avoid Rigid Policies and Consider Technology - IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses - OSHA to Refer Untimely...more

Employer’s Accommodation Is Enough

A Dairy Queen appropriately accommodated an employee’s legal blindness, even though it imposed the accommodation unilaterally. In Bunn v. Khoury Enterprises, Inc., No. 13-2292 (7th Cir. May 28, 2014), the employer determined...more

Are Inflexible Leave Policies Lawful After All? One Court Leaves Employers Salivating

When it comes to leave as a reasonable accommodation after FMLA leave is exhausted, employers have been conditioned to simply believe: inflexible leave policies bad, flexible leave policies good. ...more

Houston City Council Passes City's First Anti-Discrimination in Private Employment Ordinance

On May 28, 2014, the Houston City Council passed the city's first ordinance to ban discrimination in private workplaces, and to expand the types of prohibited discrimination for employers subject to this ordinance, as noted...more

Managing Employee Medical Leave: How Much Leave Is Reasonable?

To date, there are few bright line rules to guide employers in determining how much leave is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Further, employers sometimes mistakenly assume that if an employee has...more

“Waive” Goodbye to Employer Liability Under the ADA for Voluntary Accommodations of Essential Job Functions

An employer faces a difficult situation when a temporarily disabled employee who cannot perform his or her essential job functions requests an accommodation. This situation becomes significantly more complicated when the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - May 2014

Disability Accommodation Through Telecommuting More Reasonable In Modern Workplace - In EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the federal Sixth Circuit appellate court (covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) recently...more

The 2014 Colorado Legislative Session in Review

The 2014 Colorado legislative session adjourned on May 7, 2014. The legislature tweaked several pre-existing employment laws but steered away from major changes to the employment relationship in Colorado. Below is a summary...more

Can A Failure To Hire Violate ERISA?

A recent decision of the federal district court for the southern district of Ohio raises interesting questions under Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) that might also affect employer liability under the...more

Are Employers Required to Accommodate Theft under the ADA?

Reasonable accommodation of employee misconduct is not a new issue. But an unusual twist in a recent court ruling may require employers to accommodate employee theft under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Can Telecommuting Be A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA?

Last month, in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan) held for the first time that employers may be required to permit employees to telecommute as a...more

Working From Home May Be A Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA, 6th Circuit Rules

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that an employer reasonably accommodate an employee with a disability unless the proposed accommodation would impose an undue hardship....more

Telecommuting & the Modern Workplace Under the ADA: Sixth Circuit Redefines Workplace and Expands Reasonable Accommodation...

In the context of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the workplace and an employer’s brick-and-mortar location are no longer synonymous. Although courts vary with respect to telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation...more

Wait, Now I Have to Allow Employees to Steal Too?

With the passage of the Americans with Disability Amendments Act, (ADAAA), Congress very purposefully moved disability-related inquiries away from whether employees are “qualified individuals with a disability” and refocused...more

Sixth Circuit Opens Floodgates on Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

In Quentin Tarantino's classic film, "Pulp Fiction," two hitmen, Jules and Vincent (played by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), find themselves in a farcical and escalating "mess" – requiring the advice of a "fixer" known...more

Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

Governor Christie Bolsters N.J.’s Law Against Discrimination To Expressly Protect Pregnancy and Childbirth

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation amending the state’s powerful Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to provide increased protection for employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical...more

Broken Bones

Cases under the ADA Amendment Act are finally reaching the courts of appeals. In what might be the first case to reach the appellate level on an issue other than whether the statute applied retroactively, the 4th Circuit has...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

New York City Employers Face Tougher Disability Accommodation Standards

In Romanello v. Intesa Sanpaolo, S.p.A., the New York Court of Appeals adopted the broad reading of an employer’s duty to accommodate a disabled employee under the New York City Human Rights Law (City HRL), as initially set...more

Employer Must Prove Indefinite Leave Is Undue Hardship Under NYCHRL, Says New York’s Highest Court

Can an employee state a claim for a disability discrimination termination when he advises his employer that his return to work date "is indeterminate at this time" and the employer, without further discussion with the...more

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