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Third Circuit Rules that Temporary Worker Assigned by Staffing Agency Can Bring Race Discrimination Claim Against Company Where He...

The Third Circuit’s decision should cause companies to review their relationships with temporary workers, assess the risk of their being viewed as joint employers and, if appropriate, restructure the relationships to minimize...more

UPDATE: OMB Says DOL May Publish Final White Collar Exemptions Overtime Rules in July 2016

July 2016. That’s when the final rule on the white collar overtime exemptions is expected to be published by the DOL – this according to the OMB’s Fall 2015 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan released last Thursday. Just...more

Eat, Drink and Be Wary...The Aftermath of Holiday Parties is Not So Merry

It's that time of year. Stores are playing holiday music on a non-stop loop, and peppermint-flavored coffee is being served in red cups. With the merriment of the holiday season, many employers celebrate the year's...more

Truthful Terminations May Lead to Better Consequences

We are often asked what, if anything, employers should tell an employee about the reasons for the employee’s termination, especially if the termination is abrupt. We tell employers to tell the truth....more

Another Year, Another All-Time High for Wage and Hour Litigation

Wage and hour litigation continues to soar to record highs. So says the federal judiciary’s most recent data on cases filed in federal court over the last federal fiscal year. After hitting an all-time high of 8,160 in FY14,...more

Hiring Your Team: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls In Identifying And Interviewing Potential Team Members

Effective hiring processes and procedures will help you to avoid many costly headaches later on. Here are some tips on avoiding legal pitfalls in the hiring process. ...more

Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, Anti-Retaliation Policies: Best Practices

Especially after New York Governor Cuomo’s expansion of the protection of women in the workplace through his Women’s Equality Agenda and his directive to the New York State Division of Human Rights to draft regulations to...more

More Dope On OSHA's New Weighted Inspection Process

We updated you about OSHA’s new Weighted Inspection Program in our October 3 post, “What’s the Real Effect of OSHA’s Revamped Inspection Process, the Enforcement Weighing System?”   A BNA piece tonight summed up the...more

New Law Prohibits Retaliation or Discrimination in Response to Request for Accommodation

Effective January 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 987 prohibits an employer from retaliating or otherwise discriminating against a person for requesting accommodation of his or her disability or religious beliefs, regardless of...more

Predictive Scheduling: A Primer for Retail and Hospitality Employers

A primer for retail and hospitality employers on what they need to know about predictive scheduling, and how they can ensure they do not run afoul of existing law - especially during the upcoming holiday season....more

Court Awards The EEOC Attorneys’ Fees In Contempt Dispute

In EEOC v. New Indianapolis Hotels, LLC, No. 10-CV-1234 (S. D. Ind. Nov. 9, 2015), Judge William T. Lawrence of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted the EEOC attorneys’ fees for the time it...more

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations for FY 2015

On September 29, 2015, OSHA issued its preliminary list of the agency’s top 10 cited standards for fiscal year 2015. The list was presented at the National Safety Council’s 2015 Congress & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia by Patrick...more

There’s More Enforcement Overlap Between Federal OSHA and State Plans Than You Think

One of the fascinating things about an OSHA citation defense practice is the distinctions you see in prosecution by Federal OSHA versus state plans. It is very unusual in the legal world to have the same laws enforced by...more

Anonymous Threats Cannot Be Ignored

Employee complaints based on anonymous harassment pose special problems for employers. How do you uncover the source of the problem when no one is able to identify who acted inappropriately? ...more

Employees Participating in Court Proceedings May Have Protection

My colleague, Jarad Lucan (who just won a New Leader of the Law award from the Connecticut Law Tribune!) returns today with a post about the protections employees who testify in court may have. Most employers (at least...more

Is The Classification Of Your Workers Putting Your Business At Risk?

Businesses have a lot at stake in properly classifying their workers as either employees or independent contractors. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training has taken the position that “[t]he misclassification of...more

Second Circuit Affirms NLRB Decision Employers Won’t Like

Back in August 2014, we discussed an NLRB decision, which concluded that employees’ use of Facebook’s “like” button can constitute protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act and that the...more

Preparing for 2016: The Fair Pay Act

As the seasons change and 2015 comes to a close, employers should take note of a particular change coming to California’s legal landscape in 2016: the Fair Pay Act (“FPA”). On October 6, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed...more

When Does Termination of the Employment Relationship Violate Public Policy? The Restatement of Employment Law Offers a New...

In July of 2015, the American Law Institute published the first Restatement of Employment Law. The Restatement provides a new lens through which employers, employees, and courts can evaluate the common law duties affecting...more

FranCast Series: What does the new joint employer standard mean for franchising? Messrs. Griffin and Weil speak

In our last FranCast on this evolving topic, we surmised that the NLRB would not likely seek to impose joint employer status on conventionally structured franchise systems, despite the Browning Ferris decision and the highly...more

Everything You Need to Know About New York's New FCA Guidance

As we previously reported, New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect on October 27, 2015. On November 5, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued long-anticipated guidance...more

Multiple Staff Layoffs In The UK - The Scope For Criminal Liability For Directors

Within the UK and throughout the European Economic Area employers are subject to express obligations to inform and consult with staff in advance of making multiple redundancies. This is as a result of a European directive,...more

Tip Pooling Tax Implications—What Employers Need to Know

The sharing of tips is referred to as “tip pooling,” “tip splitting,” or “tip sharing.” For purposes of this discussion, we will refer to the sharing of tips as tip pooling. Tip pooling occurs generally in two forms....more

We've Got Our Eyes On You: Monitoring Devices In Vehicles

While employers with a fixed worksite can observe and interact directly with their employees to promote safety and reduce risk, employers with workers who operate motor vehicles as part of their job have fewer options....more

Quirky Question #269: Like it or Not – Facebook Post Protected Under the NLRA

Question: I own a small manufacturing company that employs 25-35 employees, depending on our workload. Over the years, a number of my customers and my employees have “friended” me on Facebook. Last week, I saw that one of...more

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