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What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting

Does an employer have to provide a modified work schedule to a pregnant employee with morning sickness or light duty to a pregnant employee with lifting restrictions?The answer depends on who you ask. Most federal courts say...more

The Boss Just Wanted to Help

Assuming that psychological counseling might be a “medical examination” under the ADA, when may an employer require an employee to get counseling as a condition of continued employment? A recent 6th Circuit case provides some...more

5 Lethal Mistakes: Avoid lncreasing Your Risk

Avoid Increasing Your Risk of Workplace Violence - Dr. McElhaney of Critical Response Associates presents the critical factors that companies either had or didn’t have in place – factors that had facilitated or...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Orion Energy Wellness Program and Related Firing of Employee

Steep Penalties for Not Participating Said to Make Program Involuntary and Violate Disabilities Act - MILWAUKEE -- Manitowoc, Wis.-based Orion Energy Systems violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to...more

Employers Should Act Now to Avoid Potential Data Minefields: The OFCCP’s New Proposed Rules for Collecting Compensation Data from...

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (“OFCCP”) proposed new annual reporting requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors. The proposal requires additional pay information and will become...more

New York District Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Interns

In Mark v. Gawker Media LLC, Case No. 13-cv-4347(AJN) (S.D. N.Y. Aug. 15, 2014), Gawker became the subject of yet another in a line of cases involving unpaid interns. Four interns brought suit under the FLSA, contending that...more

Recent Developments for Federal Contractors

Companies and individuals seeking to do business with the federal government have been targeted in the “year of action” promised by President Barack Obama. The President has taken steps to impose a number of additional labor...more

Employment Law Posters to be Displayed in the Workplace – Some New and Some Old

When the Oklahoma legislature revamped Oklahoma’s anti-discrimination laws in mid-2013, one of the new requirements imposed (and enforced by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights’ Enforcement) was a...more

New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” Legislation Signed Into Law

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Opportunity to Compete Act (Bill S2124) into law, thereby barring New Jersey employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal histories during the preliminary...more

You’re NOT Paranoid – the Agencies ARE Ganging Up

Feeling a bit paranoid these days, especially where government oversight or agency investigations are involved? Your perception of reality is probably being driven less by paranoia and more by the upticks in government...more

National Labor Relations Board Majority Holds That Seeking Co-Worker Assistance with an Individual Harassment Complaint is...

Last week, the NLRB took an exceptionally broad view of what constitutes “concerted activity” and what kind of efforts are aimed at “mutual aid or protection” under the National Labor Relations Act. For employers, this could...more

NLRB is Poised to Find "Joint Employer" Relationships Just About Everywhere

As we have previously reported, on July 29, Richard Griffin, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, announced his intention to charge McDonald's USA, LLC, as a "joint employer" with its franchisees in a series...more

Update: New Jersey Limits Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions

As we reported in December 2013, New Jersey was on the road to joining 6 other states which have recently passed legislation banning or limiting the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. ...more

Sixth Circuit Prints Out Victory for Recipients of Fax-Blasting

An unsolicited fax comes into your business, but via your computer’s network, not on an old-fashioned fax machine. Nothing prints out on paper, but someone still has to deal with the unwanted advertisement. What’s been...more

EEOC Ratchets Up Focus on Pregnancy Discrimination with Updated Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent guidance regarding pregnancy discrimination in the workplace heralds that agency’s renewed focus on that topic. After three decades of silence on the issue of...more

EEOC Issues Part II of FY 2011 and Part I of FY 2012 Annual Report on Federal Work Force

Small Gains Made in Diversity Government-Wide, Data Shows EEO Complaints Were Down - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released the second part of its Annual Report on the...more

Employers: Be Vigilant About ADA Compliance During the Hiring Process

While certain job duties may legitimately require that employers screen applicants and employees for medical conditions, organizations risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and incurring serious legal...more

Dial F for Fraud: Whistleblower hotlines are the way to go

You might think that when it comes to fighting fraud in the workplace, that the best methods are too expensive, too high-tech, or too complicated. Turns out, the best way to fight fraud actually starts with a tip....more

Focused on Franchise Law - August 2014

FRANCHISOR 101: NLRB McDonald's Ruling May Put Crimp on Franchising - On July 29, 2014, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stated that McDonald's could be held jointly liable with its...more

New Difficulty With Settlements at the New York State Division of Human Rights

The New York State Division of Human Rights’ (NYSDHR or the Division) standard stipulation of settlement document does not always include all of the terms that an employer would want when agreeing to pay a monetary settlement...more

Update on Covenants Not to Compete

Covenants not to compete can be valuable for an employer. But, as in many areas of employment law, non-compete law is always changing. Below are some issues for employers to consider, as well as some recent court...more

Wage and Hour Cases in the News

Several restaurant industry labor law cases could make considerable changes in how the industry manages workers. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), tipped employees are subject to hourly wages that are lower than the...more

NLRB Divides Sharply on Employee Concerted Activity for “Mutual Aid or Protection”

In a complex, twenty-eight page opinion, a sharply divided NLRB has ruled that when an individual employee seeks assistance from fellow employees with respect to a violation under Title VII (or other workplace laws), the...more

Termination of Police Officer Whose ADHD Limits Ability to Get Along With Others Does Not Violate ADA, Ninth Circuit Says

In Weaving v. City of Hillsboro (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Or.), August 15, 2014), the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to decide whether, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the city...more

Maryland Employers Can Be Liable for up to Treble Damages for Misclassification "Overtime Pay" Claims Under State Law

On August 13, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals held in Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc. that employers can be held liable under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law ("Wage Payment Law" or MWPCL) for all...more

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