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As Retaliation Claims Rise, Employers Face New Challenges Under Employment, OSHA and Health Care Laws

As we discussed in a recent webinar, employers are facing an increased risk of defending a retaliation complaint as administrative policy changes and expansive federal laws make asserting these claims easier for employees....more

Connecticut Businesses Should Exercise Caution on DOL’s New FMLA Guide for Employers

Over the years in the employment law “blawgosphere” (isn’t there a better term by now?), I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with and conferring with several other attorneys who blog. One of those is Jeff Nowak, whose FMLA...more

Connection to Someone With a Disability is Nearly Identical to an Actual Disability

As disability discrimination and accommodation claims continue to rise across the country, an appellate court in California may have just helped significantly expand such claims in the future by finding that an employee can...more

Second Circuit Holds HR Professionals Can Be Liable as ‘Employers’ Under FMLA

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has recently held that a human resources manager could be held liable as an employer under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In issuing its decision in Graziadio v. Culinary...more

The Rights and Limitations of Associational Discrimination under the ADA

While a recent Second Circuit case received lots of headlines regarding its discussion of individual liability under FMLA, the case has some other nuggets for employers to understand, as my colleague Gary Starr explains in...more

The Difficult Dilemma Facing Employers When It Comes to Threats of Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, headlines of tragic acts of violence in the workplace continue – and it is a trend that is not abating. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that approximately 2 million workers are...more

Top 5 Provisions for Your Staffing Contracts

In today's economy, organizations are increasingly looking to nontraditional sources of labor, including use of leased, outsourced, and other staffing arrangements that involve individuals who may not be on the organization's...more

The Individual Liability You Never Knew You Had: Second Circuit Rules HR Directors May Be Liable for FMLA Violations

HR Directors, Beware: Your role in terminating employees may expose you to individual liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, et al., Graziadio, a Payroll...more

HR Managers May Be Held Personally Liable for FMLA Violations, and Second Circuit Formally Adopts Tests for FMLA Interference and...

In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit1 ruled that a human resources director could be personally liable as an “employer” for violating an employee’s rights...more

Popularity and Pitfalls of Wellness Plans for Employers

Recently, wellness programs have gained popularity in the workplace. Approximately one half of all employers offer some kind of wellness program. This is due, in part, to the notion that healthy employees are more productive...more

Analysis of Recent Cases Reveals What Justice Garland Could Mean for Employers

Amid a swarm of controversy created by Senate Republicans’ vow to stonewall a hearing or vote on any Supreme Court nominee during this election year, President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S....more

Court Enters Permanent Injunction against BNSF Railway In EEOC Disability Lawsuit

Transportation Giant Ordered to Pay $95,000 to Applicant Rejected Due to Prior Back Injury - SEATTLE - A Washington federal court ordered Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. to pay $95,000 to a qualified applicant denied hire...more

Workplace Scents and Sensibility

Spring is beginning to bloom and for many of us this means taking time to stop and smell the flowers. However, those delightful smells of spring can trigger annoying and sometimes painful physical reactions for many who...more

Promoting Workplace Diversity in Times of Trouble

The population in the United States – and by extension, the workforce – is becoming increasingly diverse. According to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2044, racial and ethnic minorities will be the majority in the...more

Quirky Question #271: We’ve Got a Worried Waiter

Question: We recently interviewed a candidate for a server position at our restaurant. During the interview, he informed us that he has an anxiety disorder, which causes him to have panic attacks out of the blue. Do we have...more

New Jersey Court Finds Employer Improperly Required Employee to Submit to Fitness-for-Duty Exam

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division recently held, in a case of first impression, that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) permits a New Jersey employer to require an employee to undergo a...more

Zika - Employer Liability Issues

By now, the worldwide health authorities and media have publicized the Zika virus disease (Zika) that has been reported throughout South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Although the United States has only...more

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 9th, Sacramento, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

An Employee's "Hope" That She'll Return to Work Isn't Enough to Require Additional Leave under the ADA

One of the most difficult issues an HR professional or in-house employment counsel faces is how to deal with an employee who cannot return to work after FMLA leave expires. Is additional leave beyond 12 weeks required? The...more

Perspectives - December 2015

Governor Signs New Law to Allow Asthma Inhalers in School and Camps. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath...more

President Declares “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”

By Proclamation, President Obama has declared December 2015, to be “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.” 80 Fed. Reg. 75781 (December 3, 2015). The President declares that “no person should suffer the tragedy of...more

ADA Title III Lawsuit Numbers Hold Steady for First Half of 2015

We’ve done the review and crunched the numbers: It appears that the surge of ADA Title III lawsuits we saw from 2013 to 2014 is holding strong, though possibly leveling off. You may recall that there was a 60% increase...more

Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015

Workplace Speech Protections Refined by Connecticut Supreme Court. We don’t generally report on developments that will likely be of more interest to lawyers than clients, but a recent decision from our state’s Supreme...more

Employers Need to Consider Accommodation Requests Made at Any Time During a Disabled Employee’s Employment

Can an employer simply ignore a request by a disabled employee for an accommodation made in a meeting that could lead to the employee’s termination? A recent federal case from Wisconsin says no. In the case, the former...more

Progress, But Also Perpetuated Errors, In The EEOC’s Proposed GINA Rule Regarding Wellness Program Incentives

Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing wellness program incentives under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA Proposed Rule”) in the...more

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