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DOH! Nuclear Safety Regs Trump ADA Accommodation Request (Thankfully)

In a battle between a mentally ill employee seeking accommodation for his job at a nuclear plant and federal nuclear safety codes—-which wins out? The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ended up going with safety codes....more

Third Circuit Affirms Judgment in Favor of Employer in ADA Action, Finding that Compliance with NRC Regulations Justified...

by FordHarrison on

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in McNelis v. Pennsylvania Power & Light Company affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer in a lawsuit alleging disability...more

Dogged by Dogs at Work: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Suppose you hire Kristin Chenoweth to be your new TV show host, and she shows up on the set with her dog Thunder, claiming she needs the dog for emotional support. Must you allow this distraction?...more

Big Brother or Big Benefit? Weighing the Option of Microchipping Your Employees

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A Wisconsin tech company made news in August 2017 for implanting microchips into the hands of willing employees. While it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on this technology and its uses, early adopter employers face many...more

Third Circuit Finds No ADA Violation Where Employee Deemed Unfit for Duty

by Reed Smith on

On Tuesday August 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a claim for disability discrimination, where the plaintiff was deemed psychologically unfit for duty and subsequently had his...more

Federal Court Rules that Medical Marijuana User’s Claim Under State Law is Not Preempted by Federal Statutes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The United States District Court of the District of Connecticut became the first federal court to issue a ruling that federal law does not preempt a state law that expressly prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire...more

I-13 – Policies, Policies, Policies, and Microchips Embedded in Employees

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt of Cozen O'Connor addresses recent trends and noteworthy developments on certain employment policies related to political activity, confidential customer information, FMLA retaliation, and maximum leave...more

High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy

by Murtha Cullina on

All employers should maintain an employee handbook or similar policy statement that clearly sets out the employer’s position on drug and alcohol use. While federal laws relating to marijuana possession and use have not...more

You Might Feel a Small Stick: EEOC Sues on Failure to Accommodate Phlebotomist

If an employer provides a temporary reassignment to accommodate an employee’s disability/pregnancy restrictions, does it have to return her to that assignment after her maternity leave? The EEOC seems to think so. In Equal...more

In the First Case of its Kind, Court Rules Federal Law Does Not Trump Employee Protections under State Medical Marijuana Law

by Littler on

Employers nationwide take note: if your workplace drug and alcohol-testing policies take a zero tolerance approach to medical marijuana because the use, distribution, or possession of marijuana is unlawful under federal law,...more

Horizontal Well Drillers Sued by EEOC For Age And Disability Discrimination In Hiring

Oklahoma Oil Drilling Company Also Made Unlawful Inquiries Into Applicants' Past Workers' Compensation Claims and Committed Other Violations, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - Horizontal Well Drillers (HWD), an oil and...more

2 Essentials For Dealing With Employees Attempting To Game the System

by Fisher Phillips on

Today’s workplace is fraught with legal traps for well-intentioned but unwary managers. But one issue stands out far above the rest as perhaps the single biggest employee challenge in today’s workplace: malingering employees...more

EEOC Sues Dependable Health Services For Disability Discrimination

Health Care Staffing Agency Fired Phlebotomist With Sickle-Cell Anemia, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Dependable Health Services, Inc., a health care staffing agency, violated federal law when it fired an employee...more

On Drugs and at Work: Keeping Your Work Force Safe and ADA-Compliant in the Opioid Epidemic

by Baker Donelson on

According to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, seventy percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions. Twenty percent of U.S. patients are on five or...more

Federal Law Does Not Preempt Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Employment Discrimination Prohibition

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Federal law does not preempt the Connecticut medical marijuana statute’s prohibition on employers’ firing or refusing to hire qualified medical marijuana patients, even if they test positive on an employment-related drug...more

UPS Maximum Leave Policy Results In $2 Million Settlement With The EEOC

The EEOC announced this week that it has settled a lawsuit it has been litigating with United Parcel Service, Inc., since 2009. The EEOC alleged that UPS violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by enforcing an...more

Episode 19: Is This Paid Family Leave’s Moment?

by Akerman LLP on

Matt welcomes prominent members of the NYC Plaintiff’s bar and mother-daughter guest team Laurie Berke-Weiss and Alex Berke to discuss the recent proliferation of state and local paid family leave statutes; paid family and...more

Connecticut Employers Will Need To Accommodate Pregnant Employees

by McCarter & English, LLP on

A new state law that becomes effective October 1, 2017, expands existing legal protections for pregnant employees under federal and state laws and will require employers to pay closer attention to the ways in which they treat...more

Responding To Violence In the Workplace – A “Catch 22” For Employers

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The recent instances of violence in the workplace remind us of the complex task facing employers. Employers must maintain a safe work environment for employees while operating within the parameters of the many federal and...more

Check Your Handbooks!!! UPS Settles Maximum Leave Policy Violations for $2 million.

by Ruder Ware on

The EEOC filed suit against UPS on behalf of approximately 90 current and former employees for multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agency charged UPS with failing to properly accommodate...more

What Were They Smoking? Massachusetts Supreme Court Becomes First State Court to Find Employers Must Accommodate Use of Medical...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As the number of states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes has steadily grown, employers have been anxiously asking whether they are required to accommodate the use of medical marijuana if the use is related...more

Temps in Tenth Circuit Face Stricter Scrutiny When Seeking Time Off as Reasonable Accommodation

by Bryan Cave on

On July 6, 2017, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reiterated that physical attendance in the workplace is an essential function of most jobs and emphasized this is particularly...more

Employer Beware: When “Good” Isn’t Good Enough (Disability Bias)

Two court decisions came out last week that ought to scare the heck out of employers. Both involved employers who seem to have been aware of their legal obligations and tried to comply. The employers lost their cases...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligations To Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On July 27, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The Pregnant Workers Act (1) requires Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable...more

“But My Doctor Said It Was Cool”: Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Bill and Employment Considerations

Last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a medical marijuana use bill. This was the result of the overwhelming vote (71 percent) in favor of amending the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana use as...more

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