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Five Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management Concerns Impacting Retailers

Retailers will be busy this summer attempting to conform their policies and procedures to various local, state, and federal laws, such as the spate of state and city sick leave laws, and analyzing proposed amendments by the...more

Top Three Risks Associated With Implementation of an "Unlimited" Vacation Policy and How to Mitigate Them

“Unlimited” vacation (or otherwise known as nonaccrual of vacation) policies can provide a benefit with appeal to both employers and employees. For employers, providing an “unlimited” vacation benefit can alleviate some of...more

California Legislative Update

The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

New York City Prohibits Discrimination Based on Credit History

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act. It amends the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from requesting or using an individual's...more

Company Cell Phones: The Benefits

Funding employee cell phones costs companies thousands of dollars each year. As a result, a company may decide that the cost is too great. However, before making the decision of whether to provide cell phones to employees, a...more

Should Your Company Allow Pets for Take Your Dog to Work Day?

This year’s Take Your Dog to Work Day ("TYDTWDay"), sponsored by Pet Sitters International, is Friday, June 26, 2015. In the days leading up to the event, many companies will have questions about the legal and practical...more

Should Employers Guess Their Applicants’ Religion? SCOTUS Expected to Face Accommodations Issues Head On

The Supreme Court of the United States is poised to decide a case that should clarify employers’ obligations to provide applicants with accommodations for their religious practices. Simply put, the question is whether...more

Is Your Social Media Policy Overbroad?

The NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel recently published an advice memorandum regarding an employer’s social media policy that provides yet another example of the NLRB’s disapproval of policies that use overbroad language...more

Connecticut Becomes Newest State with Social Media Privacy Law

Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy signed Connecticut’s new social media law on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 prohibiting employers from: (1) requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant provide the employer with a user...more

New York Attorney General’s Office Demands “On Call Shift” Information From Retailers

As reported in various media outlets, the New York Attorney General’s office recently sent a request to several retail employers who do business in New York for information concerning their practices of scheduling employees...more

Probability, Manipulation, And Random Drug Testing

Many employers — particularly, those in the transportation industry — use third party vendors to do the random selections for federally mandated drug and alcohol tests. I think it’s a great idea, because it prevents employees...more

To Be or Not To Be (an Employer) [Video]

Presented by J. Travis Hockaday and Megan P. Black Regulators from a wide variety of government agencies continue to scrutinize relationships between businesses and the people and entities that provide services to them in...more

Union or Not, the NLRB Has Employers (and Their Employee Handbooks) In Its Sights

Here’s something that often comes as a surprise to my clients with a non-union employee base: the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) likely applies even without any union employees. Yep – you read that...more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

Transgender and Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination Protections — Maybe not yet the Law of the Land, but Your Policies Better...

Though most Americans do not seem to realize it, anti-discrimination legal protections in employment for transgender, gay, bisexual, and lesbian (LGBT) employees are not uniform across the U.S. In fact, the federal Employment...more

Don’t Tweet On Me!

Following a national trend, Montana and Virginia have become the nineteenth and twentieth states to enact laws restricting employer access to the social media accounts of applicants and employees. Virginia’s law, which...more

Ah, Social Media: Blurring the Lines Between Work Life and Personal Life

Andy Warhol is quoted as saying, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How prophetic you were Andy. These days a single post on social media can travel around the world faster than you can say Snap...more

California Court Ruling Pulls the Spurs Off PAGA Deputies' Boots

A new California appellate court decision provides much needed guidance regarding the proper scope of discovery in representative actions brought under the California Private Attorneys' General Act of 2004 (PAGA), Cal. Lab....more

Courts continue to back employers with strong timekeeping policies, practices

One of the most difficult issues facing employers is off-the-clock work. Employers may find themselves having to pay for this time even if they do not authorize it. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations state that the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Draft Regulations Answer Key Questions On Earned Sick Time In Massachusetts

Since November 4, 2014, when Massachusetts voters approved the state’s new earned sick time law, employers have been pondering changes to their sick leave and PTO policies. ...more

Connecticut Restricts Employer Access to Employees' and Applicants' Social Media

Connecticut has joined a growing number of other states in seeking to protect personal social media accounts of employees and potential hires. In early May, the state's General Assembly passed Senate Bill No. 426 (2015)...more

The Clock is Ticking for California Employers to Comply with New Paid Sick Leave Requirements that Take Effect July 1, 2015

While the posting requirements for California’s new paid sick leave law under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) took effect on January 1, 2015, the next step in the process – accrual of paid sick...more

Employers: 9 Provisions You Need in a Whistleblower Policy

A potential whistleblower need only run a quick Internet search to find many attorneys ready to take his or her case. Knowing this, employers need to be proactive: Any employer handbook or policy and procedures manual should...more

New Virginia Law Restricts Employer Access to Employees’ Social Media Accounts

Add the Commonwealth of Virginia to the ever-growing list of states (now 19) that have enacted legislation to restrict an employer’s ability to seek access to current employees’ or job applicants’ social media accounts. ...more

Will Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?

Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer. What should you do about it?...more

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