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Gavel to Gavel: Social media – pitfalls and practicalities

Recent statistics indicate most adults who use the Internet use social networking sites and at least half of the employees in the global workforce have posted online messages, photos or videos about their employer. As...more

Inclement Weather FAQs: Who Gets Pay for a Snow Day?

As winter progresses, employers may find themselves monitoring the weather and wondering how to handle numerous operational headaches. Should a worksite close? If so: when, and for how long? Who can work from home, and who...more

An Employer’s New Year Resolution: Pay Attention To Pay Equity In 2017

We are not yet through the first month of the New Year, but pay equity lawsuits have already dealt a one-two punch to employers: “one” being a million-dollar settlement between a legal and business research company and its...more

9 “Fun” Facts About Workplace Harassment, From The EEOC

Last week, I shared with you what I didn’t like about the proposed Enforcement Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on workplace harassment. Well, this is warm-and-fuzzy week. Moving on to the parts...more

Another Reason to Tread Carefully When Using Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions

A recent consent decree between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a southeastern Pennsylvania company is a reminder for employers to keep employment records regarding the use of criminal background...more

New York State and Seattle Lead Discussion on Portable Benefits

In an effort to head off litigation by workers claiming they have been misclassified as contractors, companies using a largely on-demand workforce have been working with the New York State Assembly to develop a system of...more

On-Call Rest Breaks Violate California Law

On Dec. 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled in Augustus, et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. that an employer’s policy requiring employees to remain “on call” during paid rest breaks violated state law. This...more

Erecting a Legal Defense Through Social Media

I hope you had a very happy holiday season and New Year. Both seem to be distant memories at this point. Many of the upcoming posts in 2017 will undoubtedly address, and be impacted by, the nature of the new Trump...more

New York (State and City) Imposes New Rules for Freelancers, State Contracts

My colleagues, Clarisse Thomas, Keegan Drenosky and I have been busy keeping track of the developments in New York which may impact Connecticut employers with cross-border business. Here are two of the most recent...more

New York Employers Be Prepared: 2018 Will Usher in Changes to Family Leave Policies

In 2018, New York is enacting the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law. The paid leave law will be gradually phased in, and beginning on January 1, 2018, employees will be able to take up to 8 weeks of paid family leave....more

Requiring Non-Competes for Low Level Employees Raises Increasing Risks for Employers

A client recently asked us to draft a non-competition agreement that would prevent entry level machinists from working for a competitor for one year following their departure from employment. When we asked the client about...more

OSHA Issues Final Rule Clarifying Ongoing Recordkeeping Obligations

OSHA is scheduled to publish a final rule January 19, 2017 in the Federal Register, clarifying an employer’s ongoing duty to correct records of injuries and illnesses. The rule, which modifies 29 CFR Part 1904, will become...more

Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she...more

Site-Specific Disability?

Does the ADAAA allow an employee to claim that she is disabled-in-a-particular-place or with-a-particular-supervisor, and otherwise not disabled? A California federal court judge opened the door to such claims by denying...more

Q&A with Jake Krattiger: State companies could expand on texting ban in Oklahoma

Q: Can a business prevent its employees from using mobile devices like phones, tablets and computers when operating a company vehicle? A: Absolutely. The city of Tulsa recently implemented such a policy. Additionally,...more

A Cautionary Tale: How Sudden Changes to Intermittent FMLA Can Cost You

A January 9 decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals serves as a vivid reminder that employers must tread with great caution when managing intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As the ruling in...more

California Supreme Court Holds That California Law Requires Unencumbered Rest Breaks

California law requires most employers to authorize paid rest breaks for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours worked or a major fraction thereof, and to provide this rest break approximately mid-way...more

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

Dodging Disparate Impact Claims

There has been significant buzz lately regarding the risk of discrimination in the sharing economy. Not only has the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its intent to prioritize protections in the...more

Can Employers Continue Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing?

On January 1, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new recordkeeping and reporting rule took effect. The main impact of this rule requires employers to electronically file annual injury and...more

OSHA’s “Perp Walks” for the Week of January 9th.

OSHA has long bemoaned that the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSH Act”) does not allow OSHA to issue penalties sufficiently high enough to deter noncompliance. While reasonable minds can disagree about the sufficiency...more

Employer Violates FMLA for Failure to Provide Calculation of When Leave Expires, Court Rules

In a case reminding employers of their obligation to notify employees about their Family and Medical Leave Act rights, the District Court of New Jersey has ruled that an employer violated the FMLA when it terminated an...more

Headed for Overtime? Trump Administration Will Decide Fate of New Time-and-a-Half Rule

If you're an employee and you work more than 40 hours a week, you typically have the right to receive time-and-a-half overtime pay for those extra hours....more

NLRB Joins Other Federal Agencies in Combatting Retaliation

Several federal agencies have joined forces to release a joint Fact Sheet highlighting the various anti-retaliation provisions of the workplace laws these agencies enforce. “Retaliation Based on the Exercise of Workplace...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2017 #3

Last week, there were developments in two cases in different Pennsylvania courts involving employer liability—or lack thereof—for data breaches involving employee personally identifiable information (PII). A Pennsylvania...more

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