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BRING-YOUR-GUN-TO-WORK-DAY? . . . . MAYBE! Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Robert Swindol brought his gun to work . . . kind of. He parked his car in the Aurora Flight Services parking lot with his firearm locked inside. Aurora’s mangers learned about the firearm and fired Swindol that day for...more

California To Enact Broad “Fair Pay” Law Today

In an effort to close the wage gap between working men and women, the California legislature recently passed Senate Bill 358 (the “Fair Pay Act”) to amend California’s current equal pay law. Governor Jerry Brown is expected...more

OFCCP Publishes Final Rule to Promote Pay Transparency

On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its final rule on pay transparency. The purpose of the rule is to prohibit “pay secrecy policies” to make it “possible for workers...more

How Employers Can Combat Timecard Fraud And Employee Wage Theft

There is nothing so central to wage-hour laws than the sacred domain of “hours worked.” The concept is simple: employees record the time they spend working, and from this data employers generate labor budgets and employee pay...more

Peeple Are Peeple

The English electronic band Depeche Mode sang that more than 32 years ago. Still applies, for some. Social media has made it easier and quicker for everyone – your employees included – to post their feelings online...more

Blocked: Managing Social Media at Work Under Virginia’s New Privacy Law

With social media pervading all facets of society (no less than 67 percent of Americans are regular users), businesses have long been concerned with their employees’ potentially detrimental social media activities. As these...more

Social Media Employee Privacy Laws – The New Majority Approach?

As the old Bob Dylan song goes, “the times they are a-changin’.” While I suspect his message may have been intended for a more meaningful topic than social media employee privacy laws, his words do ring true. When Maryland...more

Yes We CAN (talk about politics in the workplace)

With less than 14 months to go until the 2016 election, news about debates, political faux pas, and myriad guarantees are becoming more and more entrenched in our lives. Which, coincidentally, brings about the oh so common...more

Lawyers, Guns, and Parking Lots – A review of Tennessee’s Public Chapter 80

The Tennessee Legislature recently provided employees with a valid handgun carry permit a new private right of action against their employers. As of July 1, 2015, pursuant to Public Chapter 80, Tennessee employees – who...more

Other Employment-Related Bills Awaiting Action by California Governor

In addition to AB 465, California employers should watch for Governor Jerry Brown’s actions as to the following employment-related bills: SB 358: The California Fair Pay Act is directed at closing the pay differential...more

Court Refuses to Compel Employees to Disclose Passcodes for Employer-Issued Smartphones

Just this week, in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, No. 15-269 (E.D. Pa.  September 23, 2015), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the Securities and Exchange...more

UNDER THE BUS: Feds’ New Focus On Individual Wrongdoers Has Implications For Employers

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently issued a memorandum entitled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” According to the Memorandum, companies involved in federal criminal and civil investigations will...more

Withholding an employee’s wages does not pay

Q. Is it legal to establish a policy stating that if an employee doesn’t turn in a time card at the specified time, he won’t get paid? A. The simple answer is "no." You certainly can establish a policy requiring...more

An Emboldened Labor Board Continues to Expand Union and Employee Protections

With a series of significant new rules and opinions, the first three quarters of 2015 have proven to be very active for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”). Increasingly, the Board has sought to expand the rights...more

Lucky You: Workplace Gambling Webinar Set for October 20th

My New York Football Giants are 0-2 so far this year. It’s been ugly. But all is not lost for me. Why? My fantasy football team — the Hartford Hotspurs (with a wink to my favorite soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs) —...more

Massachusetts Policies and Procedures “Checkup”: The Top 10 Areas for Review

Now that the lazy days of summer are over and fall is here, it’s a good time for Massachusetts employers to perform a “checkup” on their policies and procedures to make sure they are compliant with Massachusetts law before...more

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

With the recent expansion of legislation permitting the production, sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes, employers should begin to think about crafting a policy which addresses medical marijuana use in their...more

Shots or Not? The Pros and Cons of Mandatory Workplace Flu Vaccination

While we continue to enjoy warm September weather, flu season (typically lasting from October through May) will soon be here. Many employers—health care providers in particular—are now considering or preparing to implement...more

Sensient Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Dried Food Producer Unlawfully Discharged Workers After Denying Extended Leave of Absence for Disability-Related Needs, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC, a producer of dried...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Provides Guidance on RAND Licensing Obligations

On July 30 the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant appellate decision that provides guidance regarding obligations imposed on licensors of patents that are required to comply with interoperability...more

An Emboldened Labor Board Continues to Expand Union and Employee Protections

With a series of significant new rules and opinions, the first three quarters of 2015 have proven to be very active for the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”). Increasingly, the Board has sought to expand the rights...more

Colorado Employers Face Significant Change In Vacation Pay Law

“Use-it-or-lose-it” vacation pay policies are no longer permitted under Colorado wage and hour laws, according the Colorado Department of Labor Division of Employment’s current enforcement policy....more

OFCCP Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Pay Secrecy Policies and Actions By Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued its Final Rule last week implementing Executive Order 13665 (entitled Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information). Executive Order 13665...more

Employment Law Briefing

Whistleblowing can be a valuable tool for businesses, providing an early warning system against corporate malpractice and demonstrating a compliance culture. Hotlines are now established as an important tool in the...more

5 Bad Hiring & Firing Ideas Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Avoid

So, you think you have the next greatest idea for a startup that will knock the socks off of the current big players in your space? We know you’re excited to spend endless nights and countless hours to get your company off...more

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