Employer Liability Issues

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Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

BYOD In Australia - Cool, Cheap And (Potentially) Catastrophic!

THE ALLURE OF THE POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS OF BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE PROGRAMS IS TOO GREAT FOR MANY AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATIONS TO RESIST. Not only do the financials of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs look good (the...more

Getting More Treatment

A lot of times we’ll get calls from injured workers saying that the adjuster has told them their case has been closed and they can’t get anymore treatment or disability benefits. Sometimes, the adjuster’s right. But a lot...more

Et tu, Brutus? Yet Another New York Court Offers Guidance on the Do’s and Don’ts (Mostly Don’ts) in Post-Employment Restrictive...

A recent non-compete case out of a New York County court offers employers valuable drafting tips on non-compete and non-solicitation provisions....more

Employees Face Uphill Battle in Holding Private Equity Firms Accountable under WARN Act

The United States District Court in Delaware recently issued a welcome decision for private equity firms whose portfolio companies run afoul of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”). In In re...more

6 Guidelines for Fostering a Culture of AML Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is hoping to help financial institutions increase compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. Noting that violations often stem...more

Ebola and the Workplace: Frequently Asked Questions

After two Dallas nurses have contracted Ebola and the deadly disease continues to spread in West Africa, employers increasingly face the unique challenge of maintaining a safe workplace while avoiding potential legal...more

Gavel to Gavel: A tiger by the tail

Back in school, I recall reading the short story The Lady or the Tiger? It’s about a woman made to choose between two fates for her would-be husband, neither of which was particularly pleasant. What she would choose is left...more

Litigation: New York’s Appellate Division Refuses to Compel California Employers to Arbitrate in New York State (10/14)

The Appellate Division, First Department, for the Supreme Court of the State of New York recently held that a group of California-based employers represented by Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC cannot be compelled to arbitrate...more

Court Determines that Employer's FMLA Notice Sent by Email is Not Reliable (Sending Employer World into Tizzy)

We have a mini-FMLA crisis on our hands this week, and the courts are to blame. This issue involves the FMLA notices that employers send to employees, but more importantly, the delivery route in which they send them....more

DOL Backs Paid Leave Push in 3 States, D.C. with $500,000 Grant

Recently, we detailed the efforts to push for paid sick leave by state and local governments in light of California’s passage of a statewide paid leave law. Soon after our post, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau...more

Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued comprehensive "Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues” (the Guidance). Along with the Guidance, the EEOC issued a Q&A document as...more

Ebola in Retail Establishments? How to Prepare

News sources recently reported that one of the Dallas nurses infected with the Ebola virus visited a retail establishment before boarding a plane from Cleveland to Dallas. Since then, retailers and customers have been...more

Colorado Supreme Court Set To Decide Seminal Drug Testing Case

As reported by Joe Palazzolo of the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Colorado’s Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether an employer can lawfully terminate an employee for off-the-job use of medical...more

Jointly Controlled Employee is Eligible for FMLA Leave

The Seventh Circuit recently held that although an employee’s employer was too small to be covered by the FMLA (less than 50 employees), because the employee also provided services to a second company and together the two...more

Absent an Initial Showing That It Is a Fiduciary, Employer Is Immune from Breach of Fiduciary Liability Claim under ERISA in the...

In Moon v. BWX Technologies, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12525 (4th Cir. July 2, 2014), the Fourth Circuit rejected fiduciary breach and equitable estoppel claims, determining that an employer’s failure to alert an employee...more

Whistleblowers Now Have More Time to File Whistleblower Claims through NLRB

Under the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), employees typically only have 30 days to file a complaint about employer retaliation. However, OSHA has now reached an agreement...more

Wait A Minute? Is Pregnancy a Disability Now?

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance relating to pregnancy discrimination. Since that time, in federal courts around the country the EEOC has filed multiple lawsuits on behalf of...more

Hairdresser Pushes on to ADA Trial

A hairdresser in a nursing home had restrictions on pushing and lifting after a hysterectomy. Previously, plaintiff pushed wheelchair-bound residents to and from the beauty shop two days a week. When plaintiff notified the...more

Clery Act Changes Published; OCR Resolves Transgender Complaint

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) published in the Federal Register the final rule implementing changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). In another recent...more

Employers, Take Your Heads Out of the Sand when it Comes to Social Media…

If it’s not mandatory or poses a threat to the very existence of an organization and its economic survival, employers will keep their heads in the sand pleading ignorance, while remaining apathetic. It’s kind of like my...more

Required Consideration Lacking For Replacement Employment Contract

A September 23rd Connecticut Appellate Court decision tells a cautionary tale for employers drafting employment contracts intended to replace earlier contracts. Thoma v. Oxford Performance Materials, Inc., 2014 WL 4548490...more

"You Want More Time Off? "Dealing With Medical Leave Requests Under The FMLA And ADA

FMLA BASICS - - Applies to employers with over 50 employees within 75 miles - Applies to employees with at least 1,250 hours of service in last 12 months - Permits up to 12 weeks of total leave (job or equivalent...more

Blog: Director Of SEC Whistleblower Office To Staff: I Want To Pump You Up* To Find Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

According to Law360, the director of the SEC’s whistleblower office, Sean McKessy, is exhorting the staff of that office to set a high priority on cases involving employer retaliation for whistleblower complaints. During an...more

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