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Bullying in the Workplace: L&E Case Study
Employers should take action to ensure compliance with new employment laws that take effect January 1, 2015.
In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed more than 300 new laws, many of which may require...more
On January 1, 2015, Illinois Human Rights Act amendments providing additional rights to pregnant employees will take effect.
As previously mentioned, the law will require some immediate steps by employers....more
You may already have read the scintillating facts surrounding a jury award of $1.44 million (recently challenged unsuccessfully on appeal) against Walgreen Co. (Walgreens) following its pharmacist’s alleged inappropriate...more
The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Young v. UPS, a case that could drastically impact accommodation policies for pregnant employees. Up until now, courts widely held that employers could offer light-duty...more
We have posted extensively about the NLRB’s crusade against overbroad workplace policies, ranging from social media policies to workplace conduct and disciplinary policies and everything in between. Well the Board is back at...more
With Black Friday behind us and holiday shopping still heating up, ‘tis the season when many of us will acquire new gadgets and technology to power our digitally-enhanced lives. For businesses, this time of year also means...more
Ordinarily, employers think of anti-harassment policies as a means of defending themselves against harassment claims rather than a source of liability. However, a recent decision from a U.S. District Court in Connecticut...more
It's not just the Millennials who are obsessed with documenting every aspect of their lives. Everyone does it. Smart phones make it incredibly easy to snap pics, video, slo-mo, or time lapse every minute of our lives. ...more
A federal court in Connecticut recently concluded that a fired employee could have a valid disability harassment claim based on statements prohibiting all harassment contained in the employer’s personnel manual. The company...more
As the end of the year and the holidays draw near, many of us will express our gratitude to friends and family by exchanging gifts. As we are making our holiday gift lists, we may also find ourselves considering gifts for our...more
The days of lighting up at the office are making a comeback in some workplaces, thanks to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013, one in five adult smokers...more
Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees.
What is the issue: It is against the law to discriminate against an employee or a prospective employee based on a disability the person...more
A Costco employee suffered from Tourette's syndrome, and made complaints to management about the way his supervisors and others were treating him. He later filed charges with the Connecticut Human Rights Organization as well...more
With flexibility and work-life balance becoming increasingly important to employees, employers are rethinking the concept of vacation time as a fringe benefit; and some employers are responding to the needs of their employees...more
I’m a new mom of a beautiful 16-month-old little girl. One of her newfound loves is watching a television show called “Sofia the First.” Sofia is a little girl who suddenly becomes royalty after her mom marries the king....more
The dramatic inconsistency between federal and state law with regard to the use of marijuana may mean that employers with zero tolerance policies for marijuana use will face an increasing likelihood of litigation over the...more
As we approach the end of the year, many employers are in the process of completing annual performance reviews and making decisions related to employee compensation. As a result of normal water cooler talk and office...more
Efforts to legalize marijuana secured major victories last Election Day when voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. approved laws allowing for the recreational use of a plant previously touted as the "evil weed" by the...more
It’s that time of year once again! Retailers are gearing up for the holidays and hiring seasonal workers in droves. Unfortunately, the flurry of activity and the common misperception that seasonal workers have a different...more
Companies and Chief Compliance Officers have taken significant actions to emphasize the importance of a company’s code of conduct.
A well-designed code of conduct is a foundation for an effective ethics and compliance...more
Employers across the country are recognizing the benefits of pets, especially dogs, in the workplace and implementing policies that allow employees to bring their pet companions to work.
Originally published in The...more
Many employers have adopted dress codes in the workplace that contain restrictions on a number of commonly seen “trends” that are prevalent among young employees. In particular, there is a rise in the number of employers who...more
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently cleared the way for a Michigan watchmaker to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation, among other things, against two former employees who left to...more
While you are making your other holiday lists (and checking them twice!) this season, one you may want to think about is an "HR holiday list" – a checklist of Human Resource-related items to consider for 2015.
Now that winter will soon be officially here and many parts of the country are expecting snow in the near future, employers should be mindful of how winter weather impacts wage laws. Employers should review their inclement...more
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