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Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its...more

March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using...more

What Pretext? The Tenth Circuit Shows the Value in Trucking & Transportation Employers Citing to Safety and Customer Complaints to...

On March 10, 2017, the Tenth Circuit in Henson v. AmeriGas Propane, Inc., no.: 16-7057, declined to revive a discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuit in finding that the lower court was correct in its holding that that...more

EEOC Charlotte District Office Pilots Online Inquiry and Appointment System for The Public

New System Provides Online Interaction With the Federal Agency - CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is one of five offices that will pilot the EEOC...more

Can We Lawfully Terminate an Employee After He Submits a Vague Doctor's Note Seeking an Extension of Leave? In a Word, Yes.

An employee’s 12 weeks of FMLA leave has exhausted, and over the past several weeks, he’s provided you a series of vague doctor’s notes typically containing nothing more than a one-liner extending his medical leave of absence...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

Employer Requirements in Regard to Permitting Employees to Bring Service Dogs to Work

In a recently filed lawsuit, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CRST International Inc. and CRST Expedited Inc., the EEOC alleges that CRST violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by denying an...more

You Don’t Look Like You Are From Around Here: EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

If you weren’t sure what it meant to discriminate against someone because of their national origin, the EEOC wants to help. The newly revised Section 13 of the EEOC Field Manual provides guidance on how the EEOC defines...more

C&A Tool Engineering to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Withdrew Job Offer Based on Mistaken Assumptions About Applicant's Vision, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - C&A Tool Engineering Inc., a manufacturing-tooling company in Churubusco, Ind., will pay $35,000...more

Florida Employers: Here Comes Medical Marijuana – Are You Ready?

Florida voters turned out in droves to pass Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana. This Constitutional Amendment greatly expanded what was once a very narrow right in Florida to be treated with low dose THC cannabis....more

These Three Key FMLA and ADA Resources Will Help You Conquer the World

If you have any interest in vastly improving your FMLA and ADA mojo, here are three can’t miss resources you need to make part of your professional reading and education each spring: 1. Review the ABA’s Report of 2016...more

What is a Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? The City of Philadelphia’s Costly Reminder to...

On July 9, 2012, David Moore filed a Charge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) (Charge No. 530-2012-02470) alleging that the City of Philadelphia failed to reassign him to a new job as a...more

Seventh Circuit Dismissal Signals Likely End to EEOC's Challenges to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) raised employers’ eyebrows when it filed several lawsuits challenging the validity of employer-sponsored wellness programs. The EEOC contended that such...more

One Bite, Two Apples: Third Circuit Confirms That Requests For Leave Under the FMLA Can Simultaneously Qualify As A Request For A...

The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is an area of confusion for most employers. This confusion is understandable as both statutes serve distinct...more

Let’s Talk: The Interactive Process Between Employer and Employee

An employer who is asked for a job accommodation by an employee with a disability is required to take part in what is called the interactive process under both the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New...more

Accommodating Mental Health Conditions – The EEOC's Latest Guidance and Some Practical Tips for Complying with the ADA

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act is not an easy task. Even if an employer does the document dance correctly, determining whether an accommodation is reasonable can be a tough call. Reasonable people can...more

A Contingency Plan For A Contingent Workforce: Ensuring Workplace Protections For Staffing Agency Workers

Many companies engage staffing agencies to supply temporary, or even permanent, workers to support their operations. Such arrangements offer a variety of benefits, allowing employers to nimbly adjust the size of their...more

Recent Court Decision on Wellness Programs Creates More Uncertainty

On January 25, 2017, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Flambeau, Inc. In Flambeau, the EEOC claimed the employer’s wellness program...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms FMLA Retaliation Claim Based on Employer Ending Home Working Arrangement

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to agree to allow employees to work from home based on medical restrictions. The Americans with Disabilities Act may require employers to provide such...more

Is EEOC Regulation of Wellness Plans Legal? — Seventh Circuit Declines to Say Yes

The Seventh Circuit has stymied an EEOC attempt to declare that employer wellness plans violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). The court decided that the issues raised by the suit are moot, and deferred to...more

Key Legal Issues Business Leaders and In-House Counsel Need to Know for 2017

1. With Wage and Hour Rules in Flux, Employers Need to Remain Vigilant - Expanding wage and hour obligations will continue to be a top concern for employers in 2017. As most employers are aware, in May 2016, the United...more

Disclosing an Employee's Medical Condition May Result in an Automatic FMLA Violation

This is a story about Scott. He has a medical condition affecting his genito-urinary system. In the words of my two-year old, Maggie, this condition sounds yucky. Like other employees with a genito-urinary disorder,...more

Stress Claims Stressing Employers Out

Let’s face it: work can be stressful. So what’s an employer to do when an employee requests a stress-free or less stressful work environment as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? As always, it...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Employee’s ADA and FMLA Claims Survive Summary Judgment After Leaving Work Early To Go To Hospital

In Knight v. Barry Callebaut USA Service Company, Inc., the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied an employer’s motion for summary judgment on claims brought by a terminated employee...more

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