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Discover (or rediscover) U.S. employment law: Your questions, our answers

by Dechert LLP on

Companies doing business in the U.S. invariably encounter a legal system and employee relations laws that differ in many significant respects from those in other countries. The sources of U.S. law come from the U.S. federal...more

Do You Know What Is The Most Important Document In An Employee’s Personnel File?

Pick an employee, any employee. The most important document in that employee’s personnel file – and in EVERY employee’s personnel file – is one you probably don’t give much thought to until the employee has left the job. It...more

Licensed Medical Marijuana Caregiver’s Termination For Selling Drugs At Work Was Not Age Discrimination

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Michigan dismissed the age discrimination claim of a licensed medical marijuana caregiver who was terminated in connection with an investigation into drug activity at work. Henry v. Outback Steakhouse of...more

Dress code in the workplace: keep your high heels on!

by Dentons on

The government has undertaken to produce new guidance on workplace dress codes this summer following a joint report published by the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees (the Committees). The report called for urgent...more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

Florida Employers: What if There's a Bill O'Reilly in Your Workplace?

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Just as some business and organization leaders thought that the culture of a diverse workplace thriving on respect and dignity was deeply entrenched, along comes allegations against a well-known name like Bill O’Reilly...more

Unwritten rules cause uncertainty in sports and at work

by FordHarrison on

Anyone who follows sports, even on a casual basis, has heard about “unwritten rules.” But the problem with unwritten rules is that sometimes they can be subject to different interpretations and standards. This is because,...more

Sexual Harassment In The News Likely To Lead To Uptick In Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Whenever the topic of sexual harassment reaches mainstream media outlets, people are bound to take notice. And when sexual harassment allegations involving a prominent public figure like Bill O’Reilly appear in the headlines...more

Making Employees Watch the Clock Can be Good for Employers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A few months ago, we reminded our readers about the need to maintain accurate time records for non-exempt employees.This consideration is especially important for those employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards...more

May Employers Weed Out Medical Marijuana Patients Through Drug Testing? Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Will Weigh In

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The ever-changing landscape of medical marijuana laws in states across the nation has given rise to several lawsuits regarding an employer’s right to enforce anti-drug policies against employees who hold valid state-issued...more

Tattoo U: What Can Employers Do About Offensive Body Art?

by Fisher Phillips on

A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal. - The Philadelphia Police Department is now enforcing its first-ever tattoo policy forbidding on-duty...more

Open for Comment: Cook County Commission on Human Rights Issues Draft Regulations on Earned Sick Leave Ordinance

On April 10, 2017, the Cook County Commission on Human Rights posted draft regulations for the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. The Cook County ordinance was passed on October 5, 2016, and will take effect on July 1,...more

Eight Questions about Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Law

by Jaburg Wilk on

Prop 206: Paid Sick Time Off is Now Required of Arizona Employers - Prop 206 was recently upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court. Not only does Prop 206 increase Arizona’s minimum wage to $10 per hour but also requires...more

Random Alcohol and Drug Testing – New Hope for Ontario Employers?

by Littler on

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice may pave the way for random alcohol and drug testing in the workplace. However, the final word is yet to come from a long-anticipated decision from an Ontario...more

20 Questions to Ask when Prioritizing Your Policy Development Efforts

by NAVEX Global on

Having too many policies can burden your organization, but having too few exposes it to unnecessary risk. That means we need to prioritize which policies we will develop (or revise) first. As a rule of thumb, policies are...more

Marijuana at Work: Testing of (and for) Mary Jane

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California voters gave the green light to recreational use of marijuana with the passage of Prop 64. Marijuana users may have felt like they struck Acapulco Gold, but a review of the law on drug testing in...more

[Webinar] Recurring Marijuana Issues in the Workplace in Light of New Legislation - May 24th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The rise in medical marijuana legislation poses many interesting questions for employers - especially national employers where state laws may differ drastically on this issue. State legislation of the lawful use of cannabis...more

EEOC Orientation-Bias Guidance Stirs Controversy among Commentators

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed workplace harassment guidance closed last week. The EEOC’s broad definition of sexual orientation bias drew attention from...more

In other news – UK Employment Hub

by Dentons on

Highlights from our Hub: Have the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) cases of C-157/15 Achbita, Centrum voor Gelijkheid van kansen en voor rascismebestrijding v. G4S Secure Solutions and C-188/15 Bougnaoui...more

New Jersey Bills to Provide Employment Protections for Medical Marijuana Patients Introduced

On January 18, 2010, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (NJCUMMA) was signed into law. While the NJCUMMA explicitly states that it does not require employers to accommodate a qualified patient’s use of...more

Tips on Religious Requirements in the Workplace

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

We are currently seeing more issues arising in the workplace concerning religion. Below are some points an employer should remember in dealing with religious issues. There is no “one size fits all” solution to the challenges...more

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

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

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

by Reminger Co., LPA on

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

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