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Simplifying Employee Performance Feedback Documentation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Employers are familiar with the importance of documenting performance problems. Performance documentation is a critical part of managing employees, providing feedback, and creating a record for promotion or position changes,...more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

DOJ Indictment of Senior Project Manager Reminds Employers of Severity of Potential Consequences When Dealing With OSHA Inspectors

by BakerHostetler on

A 49-year-old senior project manager for a roofing contractor was indicted on April 19 on three charges that he made false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to federal OSHA investigators. The Department of Justice accuses...more

Victorian OHS enforcement: why change the game plan when your team is on top?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Friday 24 March, Western Bulldogs kicked off their 2016 premiership defence with a tenacious win against Collingwood. Round 1 of the 2017 AFL season also coincided with the introduction of the WorkSafe Legislation...more

OSHA Launches Campaign on Young Worker Safety

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OSHA outlined employer responsibilities for keeping young workers safe, noting, “Young workers are those new to the workforce, even up to age 24. Young workers can be an asset to your workforce. However, it may be their first...more

Both the City of San Diego and the State of California “Clarify” Their Sick Leave FAQs

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As we recently reported regarding the City of Los Angeles, both the City of San Diego and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) have updated their “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) related to...more

New Regulations Further Limit Use of Criminal History for Employment Decisions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations will further limit employers’ ability to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. On March 27, 2017, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Fair...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

The Dialogue: Workplace Complaints and Happy Endings As Rare As Unicorn Frappuccinos?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Dialogue — one of more popular recurring posts — returns for the third time. Does that mean the third time’s the charm?...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Security Breach Notification Becomes More Complex For Employers

by Littler on

With new and sophisticated schemes perpetrated by hackers and scammers, and sensitive personal information becoming increasingly accessible to numerous insiders, it is only a matter of time before most employers will be...more

SOSR – A low threshold for a fair dismissal?

by Dentons on

Of the five fair reasons for dismissal, ‘some other substantial reason’ (SOSR) is often viewed as a ‘catch all’ justification for dismissal. It does not give an employer freedom to dismiss for an irrelevant or trivial reason....more

The Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Its Sick Leave Ordinance

by Clark Hill PLC on

On November 16, 2016, Clark Hill wrote about the new paid sick leave laws in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois. One of those new paid sick leave laws is the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the "Ordinance"), which was...more

Whistleblower Retaliation Remains in the SEC’s Crosshairs

Whistleblower tips and awards for securities law violations have increased dramatically over the past year, according to the staff of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Office of the Whistleblower. Also during that time, the...more

Another Oil Industry Class Action Settles – The Disturbing Trend Continues

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There have been a number of FLSA lawsuits in the energy industry of late, focusing on unpaid overtime. One of these employers who was sued, Key Energy, has just settled two class actions for $3 million. The case is entitled...more

Florida Employers: What if There's a Bill O'Reilly in Your Workplace?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Just as some business and organization leaders thought that the culture of a diverse workplace thriving on respect and dignity was deeply entrenched, along comes allegations against a well-known name like Bill O’Reilly...more

Guess Who You Should Never Invite to Dinner? What We Can Learn From Sexual Harassment Claims in the News

Sexual harassment—we have policies against it, we train people on how to prevent and report it, and yet still we have big news stories about it. In the last year, Fox News hit the headlines on this front multiple times–not...more

NLRB Region Five Rules that Resident Advisors at George Washington University are Employees Who May Unionize

On April 21, 2017, the Acting Regional Director of Region Five of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a Decision and Direction of Election holding that Resident Advisors (“RAs”) at George Washington University...more

Employer Liable for Failing to Provide Life Insurance Conversion Information to Disabled Employee

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania serves as a reminder that an employer may incur significant financial liability for failing to timely provide life insurance...more

Maryland on Track to Join Growing Trend of Paid Sick Leave

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

On April 5, 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed a paid sick leave bill – the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) – that is now waiting for Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s approval. Governor Hogan has...more

Court May Make Reasonable Inferences about Employee’s Exempt, Non-Exempt Activities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A trier of fact can make reasonable inferences about employees’ duties to determine status for overtime pay under California labor law, the California Court of Appeal has ruled, affirming the trial court’s holding. Batze v....more

Flagged Down: Second Circuit Finds NYC “Black Car” Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a class action of New York City “black car” drivers who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors by their dispatchers. In reaching its ruling, the Court found...more

Employer’s Refusal To Allow Rescission of an Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Constitute Adverse Employment Action Under...

In Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, (No. B275225, filed 4/19/17), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held absent evidence an employee’s resignation was coerced, an...more

American Dental Association to Pay $1.95 Million to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Federal Agency Found Reasonable Cause to Believe Two Association Execs Were Discharged in Retaliation for Voicing Concerns About Potential Discrimination - CHICAGO - The American Dental Association, which is...more

Update: Los Angeles "Ban-the-Box" Legislation

by Payne & Fears on

In January, we issued an Employment Alert regarding Los Angeles's new "Ban-the-Box" law, known as the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, which went into effect on January 22, 2017. The law restricts inquiry into...more

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