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March Fadness: Wearable Tech in the Workplace

Wearable technology continues to do a full court press on the marketplace and in the process, the step counters of the world and health apps tied to devices capable of tracking real-time biostatistics, are revolutionizing the...more

Strict Enforcement of Attendance Procedures May Create Liability for Employers under FMLA

Many employers include in their attendance policies a specific procedure by which employees must “call-in” to report an absence from work. Such policies typically impose disciplinary action, up to and including termination of...more

Ohio Supreme Court Narrows Voluntary Abandonment Defense

Ohio’s workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system arising from a mutual compromise between employers and injured workers. The system protects employers from personal injury lawsuits from injured workers and provides a...more

Whacky Employment Claims: Who's Whackier? Management or the Employee?

As employment defense attorneys, we see many strange situations arise in the workplace. The question is, how prepared are you as an employer to handle the wackiness that may potentially arise when your employees make...more

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefits Upon Discharge for Absenteeism – the Employer’s Policy May Be More Generous, But Not...

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a decision in an unemployment insurance benefits case on March 8 that provides clarity where an employee is discharged for absenteeism. The case is Wisconsin Department of Workforce...more

Dressing for Work in California this Summer

Seyfarth Synopsis: With summer months almost upon us, here are some dress code tips and tricks for employers to ensure both employee compliance with relaxed summer dress codes and increased employee motivation and morale. We...more

US: Guns at Work: The Implications of the Fifth Circuit’s Recent Decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation casts new doubt on the enforceability of employer policies prohibiting employees from carrying firearms onto...more

Turkey: Improving The Parental Rights of Employees: The Right To Work Part-Time

Last year the Turkish government introduced significant improvements to the parental rights of Turkish employees. Whether these new rights will be sufficient to allow for workplace practices to adapt to the realities of...more

France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

On March 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The...more

European Court of Justice Upholds Employers’ Rights to Enforce Religion Neutral Internal Rules

On March 14, 2017, the European Court of Justice issued decisions in two cases addressing the delicate legal and political issue of wearing signs of religious belief at work. Most media outlets and commentators who...more

Is a workplace relationship ever consistent with good governance

Much has been made of recent scandals arising from sexual relationships in the workplace and in most cases the relationships are said to have been ‘personal and consensual’. While not a new issue, we have seen changes to the...more

Jump Ball: The Surprising Impact of College Basketball on Company Social Media Policies

This time of year, our collective attention turns to...basketball. College basketball to be exact. That’s because the annual rite of passage known as March Madness – which culminates on the first Monday in April with “one...more

Jump Ball: The Surprising Impact of College Basketball on Company Social Media Policies

This time of year, our collective attention turns to...basketball. College basketball to be exact. That’s because the annual rite of passage known as March Madness – which culminates on the first Monday in April with “one...more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Validity of Hospital Meal Period Waivers

The ability of hospitals to use meal period waivers was called into question by a 2015 Court of Appeal decision in Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (Gerard I), which held that the provision in Wage Order 5...more

Where Are Your Employees? (Hint: It May Not Be Facebook Anymore)

I recently gave a presentation on social media to a local non-profit and had the opportunity to review some of the latest statistics when it comes to the use of social media. Frankly, I knew that there has been a shift...more

March Madness 2017: How to Avoid Fouling Out from an Employment Law Perspective

Across the country, sports fans are gearing up for their favorite seasonal competition: the NCAA “March Madness” tournament. Those with winning brackets can earn prizes ranging from neighborhood bragging rights, up to a...more

Who Needs to Know?

Personnel issues generate great stories. The work that HR professionals, in-house counsel, and employment lawyers do is full of human drama and often very interesting. It’s natural for people to want to know what’s behind...more

Gavel to Gavel: Office pool madness

For the 50 million Americans who are expected to participate in March Madness office pools this year, hope springs eternal … that is, until the official first round tips off and brackets begin busting. But for now, there’s...more

One Shining Moment and Hundreds of Lost Hours of Production

It’s that time of the year again, the annual March ping pong tournament at my local YMCA. There’s another minor tournament going on now that you may have heard of – the NCAA basketball tournament. It is during this time of...more

Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some...more

Rules to Avoid Bursting Your Floating Holiday Bubble

Seyfarth Synopsis: Some California employers offer floating holidays for employees to use for events like the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Floating holidays, while offering additional unrestricted days off that promote...more

How Does Ohio’s New Gun Law Affect You?

On March 21, 2017, a new gun law goes into effect in Ohio that will expand the rights of concealed carry permit holders, allow active duty members of the armed forces to carry weapons without a concealed carry license under...more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the banning of headscarves in the workplace

Two highly anticipated cases involving the legality of banning headscarves in the workplace were decided by the ECJ this week. Achbita and anor v. G4S Secure Solutions NV (Case C-157/15) involved a company that...more

March Madness for Employers: Embrace the Fun and Enjoy the Party?

With the announcement of teams this week for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, there will be the inevitable dour reports that bracket filling, live streaming, and fun (or even higher stakes) wagering will cost...more

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