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Appellate Court Decision Changes Rules on Healthcare Worker Meal Period

Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (February 10, 2015) - A statute requires two meal periods for shifts longer than 12 hours. But an order of the...more

Lessons on Work-Related Fraud and Abuse

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners recently released its 2014 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse (the “Report”), which provides interesting statistics and insights for HR professionals hoping to...more

Indianapolis Hampton Inn Operators Held in Contempt for Breaching EEOC Consent Decree Settling Earlier Class Race Bias Suit

Federal Court Also Rules That EEOC Is Entitled to Submit a Petition for Fees and Costs. INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has held that the operators of the Hampton Inn on Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis in contempt for...more

SCOTUS Pregnancy Discrimination Ruling Could Have Wide Impact On Discrimination Cases

Employers should re-evaluate any employment policies that exclude –intentionally or not –pregnant employees from job accommodations, leave or other benefits in the face of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v....more

Quirky Question #257, Food for thought – whistleblowing claims against agricultural companies

You are right to be concerned. Under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), employees who work for entities engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report Concerning Legality of Common Employer Rules

On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issued a Report Concerning Employer Rules, in a stated effort to provide guidance on the intersection of employer rules and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). ...more

NLRB’s General Counsel Issues Memorandum Identifying Illegal Employer Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made it clear that it will aggressively police employee handbooks and conduct policies, including those that cover non-union represented employers....more

Supervisor's "Hitler" Comment Not Enough to Create Hostile Work Environment

Does a single incident create a hostile work environment? Just this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that one offensive comment was insufficient to create a hostile work environment....more

"Smoking Gun" Comments Serve as an Important Reminder of the ADA’s Protection Against Associational Discrimination

Most employers are well aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities against discrimination on the basis of disability and requires employers to provide reasonable...more

Crying Over (Virtual) Spilled Milk: ACLU Sues School District For Firing Employee Who Posted Vegan Beliefs Online

A recent lawsuit out of Ohio brings a local flare to what has otherwise become a relatively common story. We’ve all heard of teachers being disciplined or dismissed for posting something thoughtless online that led to...more

2014 in Review: ERISA Civil and Criminal Enforcement Activity by DOL Is Trending Upward

The Fact Sheet recently published by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) documenting Fiscal Year 2014 civil and criminal enforcement activity under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) showed...more

The Perennial Problem of References

Most employers would be very happy to receive a frank appraisal from a prospective employee’s former employer. Yet most employers are themselves reluctant to give references concerning former employees, or any information...more

SCC Says Suspension with Pay can Amount to Constructive Dismissal

A non-unionized employee on an indefinite suspension with pay successfully claimed that he was constructively dismissed by his employer and was entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal. The case involved David Potter, an...more

Hackensack Collections Firm Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Company Rescinded Promotion Because of Employee's Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charges - NEWARK, N.J. - Receivable Management, Inc., d/b/a Kramer and Associates, a debt collections firm located in Hackensack, N.J.,...more

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Women have made tremendous strides in the last few decades moving into jobs and occupations previously only engaged in by men. Nonetheless, a high profile lawsuit scrutinizing the overwhelmingly male world of venture capital...more

A Conversation About Race

I start my new job as a Starbucks barista tomorrow. I am super-excited!!!!! I just hope I can handle the fast pace!...more

Uber, Lyft Decisions Highlight Difficulty of Classifying Workers in the Modern Economy

“The test the California courts have developed over the 20th Century for classifying workers isn’t very helpful in addressing . . . 21st Century problem[s].” So concluded the court in Cotter v. Lyft, Inc., one of two...more

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Labor Department’s Interpretation of Overtime Rules for Mortgage Loan Officers

We know that many of you are aware of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association. The Court held that the U.S. Department of Labor was not required to follow notice and comment procedures in...more

Ninth Circuit Submits Day Of Rest Questions To California Supreme Court

Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., 2015 WL 691304 (9th Cir. 2015) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has certified three questions to the California Supreme Court...more

Quirky Question #256, Mandating vaccines for employees?

Question: Between the flu and the current measles outbreak, we are considering imposing a requirement on each of our employees to get a flu vaccine each year and either get the MMR vaccine or provide proof that they...more

The Supreme Court Declined to Further Address the Availability of Class Arbitration, So Make Sure Your Agreement Does

The practice of restricting plaintiff access to class procedures through binding arbitration agreements has garnered significant attention over the last five years on the heels of several U.S. Supreme Court decisions...more

The Interactive Process Dance, Part Two: What Happens When the Music Stops?

Part one of this two-part series covered the details of the interactive process in California and discussed a scenario in which the employee fails to respond to the employer’s attempts to communicate on an accommodation to...more

Lie Rejecter: Employer's Fraud Defense to Disabled Employee's Claim Fails

It's no secret that in formulating their defense to employment claims, employers often seek to discredit employees' allegations through the employees' own contradictory statements or positions taken. This issue arises most...more

Care Recipients’ Limited Right to Discriminate Based on Protected Characteristics of Care Provider

Healthcare provider institutions including hospitals, clinics, medical practices, nursing homes and home health care providers (here, “Institutions”) are occasionally called upon to balance the preferences of Consumers...more

Fourth Circuit Says Social Anxiety Disorder Is ADA Disability

The ADA Amendments Act substantially broadened the definition of protected disabled persons under federal law. Prior to ADAAA, federal courts routinely dismissed disability discrimination claims on the basis that the claimed...more

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