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Time to Revisit English Only Rules

Employers have long understood that rules prohibiting employees from speaking languages other than English are subject to attack by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s position is that a rule...more

Are Settlement Attempts Still Required for EEOC Charges?

Should attempts to settle discrimination lawsuits with the EEOC be made in good faith? Employers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana think so and hope the Supreme Court of the United States will agree. ...more

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 3 – Disciplining Employees for Conduct on Social Media

As discussed previously (see Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2), adopting a National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)-compliant social media policy is the first step in ensuring that the policy can be enforced. ...more

A U.S. Employer’s Guide to Basic UK Employment and Immigration Laws

UK employment law is constantly developing and it has been challenging for employers to keep up with the changes in recent years. All employers in the UK, no matter how big or small, are required to comply with these laws or...more

New Law Targets Employers Who Contract for Labor

Assembly Bill 1897 is essentially an effort to hold employers who contract for labor accountable for wage and hour violations, something the legislature has sought to do in various failed legislative attempts over the last...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2015

Editor's Overview - This month's newsletter discusses how to avoid liability under ERISA through plan design, including statute of limitations provisions, venue provisions, and anti-assignment provisions. Courts have...more

What factors bear upon the enforceability of noncompete agreements? P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the factors that are taken into consideration when determining the enforceability of noncompete agreements. We’ve already mentioned that the fundamental consideration is whether the...more

Workplace Anxiety and the ADA

For employers, weighing an employee’s health issues with workplace concerns, such as employee safety and productivity, often requires a delicate balance. The challenge may be even greater when handling issues related to...more

ERISA: 6 New Trends in DOL Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) just issued a “Fact Sheet” describing Fiscal Year 2014 civil and criminal enforcement activity under ERISA....more

Virginia's Password Protection Law Continues the Trend Toward Increasing Legislative Protection of Personal Online Accounts

March 30, 2015 Authors: Philip Gordon and Joon Hwang As many state legislatures open their 2015 sessions, Virginia has become the first this year — and most likely not the last — to continue the legislative trend towards...more

Everything Must Go? Dealership's Service Advisors Not Exempt from Overtime

Classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt can prove to be an arduous task for some employers. For others, however, the classification is easy, particularly where the state or federal authorities expressly spell out the...more

You’ve Just Become Your Brother’s Keeper - Construction Practice Newsletter

On September 28, 2014, the Governor signed AB 1897, which imposes on employers who obtain or are provided workers to perform labor within the employer’s usual course of business from a labor contractor (referred to as a...more

Tennessee Poised to Prohibit Employers From Disciplining Employees With Firearms in Vehicles

On March 23, 2015, the Tennessee General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to end confusion surrounding Tennessee’s “Guns in Trunks” law. Tennessee has historically allowed property owners to prohibit firearms anywhere on their...more

Important News on the Equal Opportunity Jerk: Minnesota Workplace Bullying Bill Is Reintroduced

When I present harassment training, I tell my audience that harassment is usually unlawful only when based on a protected-class status, such as race, gender, age, disability, etc. During the training, I often tell the story...more

Appellate Court Decision Changes Rules on Healthcare Worker Meal Period

Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (February 10, 2015) - A statute requires two meal periods for shifts longer than 12 hours. But an order of the...more

Lessons on Work-Related Fraud and Abuse

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners recently released its 2014 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse (the “Report”), which provides interesting statistics and insights for HR professionals hoping to...more

Indianapolis Hampton Inn Operators Held in Contempt for Breaching EEOC Consent Decree Settling Earlier Class Race Bias Suit

Federal Court Also Rules That EEOC Is Entitled to Submit a Petition for Fees and Costs. INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has held that the operators of the Hampton Inn on Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis in contempt for...more

SCOTUS Pregnancy Discrimination Ruling Could Have Wide Impact On Discrimination Cases

Employers should re-evaluate any employment policies that exclude –intentionally or not –pregnant employees from job accommodations, leave or other benefits in the face of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v....more

Quirky Question #257, Food for thought – whistleblowing claims against agricultural companies

You are right to be concerned. Under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), employees who work for entities engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report Concerning Legality of Common Employer Rules

On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issued a Report Concerning Employer Rules, in a stated effort to provide guidance on the intersection of employer rules and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). ...more

NLRB’s General Counsel Issues Memorandum Identifying Illegal Employer Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made it clear that it will aggressively police employee handbooks and conduct policies, including those that cover non-union represented employers....more

Supervisor's "Hitler" Comment Not Enough to Create Hostile Work Environment

Does a single incident create a hostile work environment? Just this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that one offensive comment was insufficient to create a hostile work environment....more

"Smoking Gun" Comments Serve as an Important Reminder of the ADA’s Protection Against Associational Discrimination

Most employers are well aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities against discrimination on the basis of disability and requires employers to provide reasonable...more

Crying Over (Virtual) Spilled Milk: ACLU Sues School District For Firing Employee Who Posted Vegan Beliefs Online

A recent lawsuit out of Ohio brings a local flare to what has otherwise become a relatively common story. We’ve all heard of teachers being disciplined or dismissed for posting something thoughtless online that led to...more

2014 in Review: ERISA Civil and Criminal Enforcement Activity by DOL Is Trending Upward

The Fact Sheet recently published by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) documenting Fiscal Year 2014 civil and criminal enforcement activity under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) showed...more

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