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Zika Transmission in New York, and Now in Florida - Some Legal Thoughts

In eight years of climate change blogging we think we have uniformly been able to steer clear of the prurient and the provocative, the lewd and the lascivious. But then came word last Friday from New York that the New York...more

Does Your Company Need a Pokémon Policy?

The latest craze is Pokémon Go, an app for smartphones that allows people to “catch” Pokémon creatures by integrating the real world with the virtual world. So what do you do if you see one of your employees wandering around...more

Dealing with Violence in Wake of the Attack in Orlando

The weekend of June 11, 2016, saw another act of violence committed against innocent and unsuspecting people as they gathered together, an occurrence that has become all too frequent in today's world. While the latest attack...more

Politics in the Workplace: What Must Employers Allow?

Everyone has experienced both "workplace politics," in which Type A employees claw their way to the top at the expense of co-workers, and "politics in the workplace," in which employees discuss candidates for office and...more

EU Advocate General Holds that Certain Forms of Indirect Religious Discrimination Could be Justified

On May 31, 2016, the Advocate General (“AG”) of the European Court of Justice issued its opinion in a case relating to a Muslim employee wearing a headscarf at work. In the case, Samira Achbita v. G4S Secure Solutions NV,...more

Federal and SoCal Employment Law Update

Several significant, new employment laws have or will go into effect in 2016, and in order to ensure full compliance, employers should immediately review their policies, procedures, and handbooks. Below are just a few of the...more

[Webinar] Defend Trade Secrets Act and Ex Parte Seizures: Strategic Considerations - July 20th, 1:00p.m. ET

The Defend Trade Secrets Act recently passed in Congress is designed to expand the toolbox for trade secret protection, and it necessitates changes to agreements and policies with contractors, consultants and employees....more

NLRB Punishes Company for Asking Employees to Maintain Positive Work Environment

As attorneys we often advise clients to continually review and revise their employee handbooks. One of the reasons why is that what appears to be innocent language ends up costing employers money due to a capricious decision...more

Your employee tells you he’s using medicinal marijuana . . . now what?

Since the passage of the Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”), we have received many questions from employers regarding the MMA’s impact on employment law; one of the most frequent questions being – what do I do if an employee tells...more

Gazing into a crystal ball: Brexit, employment and immigration

Much has been said about Brexit – the number of articles and reports published in the last few weeks has been overwhelming. Some filled with predictions of doom and gloom; others more optimistic. But that's just what they are...more

Prevention and Early Intervention: Employers’ New Defences to Harassment Claims in France | Actions préventives et intervention...

In a significant change of direction, the French Supreme Court has held that an employer will not be liable for workplace harassment where it puts in place specific measures prior to and after the harassment taking place....more

Proposed EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination Provides Clues to Agency’s Focus

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a Proposed Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination (“PEG”) and is allowing the public to comment through July 1, 2016. The last time the EEOC issued...more

When is Additional Leave a Reasonable Accommodation to an Employee’s Disability?

David C. Henderson, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group, addressed when additional leave is a reasonable accommodation to an employee’s...more

U.N. Guiding Principles: Reflections on the Last Five Years

Five years ago, on June 16, 2011, the way we view the human rights responsibilities of companies changed. On that day, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and...more

Ohio Becomes the Latest State to Legalize Marijuana for Certain Medical Uses While Avoiding Constitutional Ballot Initiatives

Last year, Ohio legislators found themselves caught in the middle of a media firestorm created by various pro-legalized marijuana groups who were politically savvy and financially funded enough to place multiple proposed...more

Easier Retaliation Claims on the Horizon? EEOC Proposes New Guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is considering easing the burden a complaining employee faces to establish a claim for retaliation in proposed revisions to its Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation...more

Clarifying Irving: Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?

Despite a new decision on the issue from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court”) on May 18, 2016, the answer to this question remains “maybe.” The Court has, however, provided us with a measure of clarity concerning...more

President Obama Signs Federal Trade Secrets Bill

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating the first federal trade secrets law. Previously, employers protected trade secrets through filing claims brought under various...more

Medical marijuana-using welder must give employer treatment records: arbitrator

A worker who used medical marijuana has been ordered to give his employer any medical records touching on his treatment. The worker was a long-service journeyman welder employed at the employer’s potash mine.  He claimed...more

Are provisions contained in a staff handbook capable of being incorporated into an employment contract?

The case of Department for Transport v. Sparks [2016] recently confirmed that provisions contained in a staff handbook or policy are capable of incorporation within contracts of employment....more

Vive Les Email Liberte! French Law Locks Down Weekend Communications with Employees

In an effort to combat work-related burnout, the French government has a new labor law requiring employers with at least 50 employees to adopt written policies restricting the hours during which employees can send or receive...more

Bring on the Chain Mail: NLRB Strikes Down Another Facially Neutral Email Use Policy

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge has struck down Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation’s policy that prohibited employees’ using the company email system to distribute “nonbusiness” information. Why, you ask?...more

Marijuana in the Workplace

The recent passage of marijuana-use legislation in states around the country raises new issues for employees and employers alike. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia permit some form of "legalized" marijuana....more

The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana in PA – What Does it Mean for Employer Provided Insurance Coverage?

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) was signed into law on April 17, 2016 and officially took effect last week. One of the questions we’ve been asked since the passage of the Act is: how will employer provided...more

Germany Issues Privacy Guidelines for Employer Access to Employee Email and Internet Use

Can employers look at the company email accounts of employees, such as when they do not show up to work? Can employers monitor employee Internet use during working hours? Can employers read employee emails if they use the...more

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