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To waive or not to waive future claims in settlement agreements?

The decision of the Commercial Court in Khanty-Mansiysk Recoveries Limited v. Forsters LLP [2016] EWHC 522 (Comm) may not, at first sight, be of obvious importance to HR practitioners. However, this decision highlights...more

Managing Requests for Access to Personnel Records

These days, employee information is stored in many different places. We’ve got emails, HR files, desktops, desktop folders, employer-owned HR systems, cloud-based HR systems, manager files, health and leave files and...more

‘I was not told there would be math’

Saturday Night Live has made invaluable contributions to American humor, but the best may be the show’s political parodies. Chevy Chase was famous for mocking Gerald Ford’s clumsy reputation (undeserved, for sure, considering...more

Employment Law Developments for Manufacturers:  Predictably Unpredictable!

Manufacturers should take note of two recent developments in the human resources world. One expected. The other not. Frequent readers of this blog may recall that in January I predicted the United States Department of...more

Second Circuit Holds HR Professionals Can Be Liable as ‘Employers’ Under FMLA

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has recently held that a human resources manager could be held liable as an employer under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In issuing its decision in Graziadio v. Culinary...more

New York Appeals Court Imposes Individual Employee Liability for Interfering with FMLA Leave and Retaliation

On March 17, 2016, the federal Court of Appeals in New York held for the first time as Second Circuit law that a human resources director and other managers can be liable for personally violating another employee’s rights...more

Phishing Season Opens for 2016 Tax Filings – Beware of “W-2 Phishing Scams”

Tax season brings many headaches, but none as miserable as sophisticated scammer efforts to steal employee W-2 information. Using social engineering and modest technological tools, a “spear phishing” attack seeks to trick...more

Second Circuit Defines Test for Individual Liability Under the FMLA

In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, et al., 15-888-cv (2d. Cir. Mar. 17, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the...more

Second Circuit Finds Human Resource Manager Personally Liable for FMLA Violations

The Family and Medical Leave Act imposes liability for interference by the “employer” with leave rights. Typically, the disgruntled employee asserts FMLA claims against the company employing him or her, but the Act also...more

Innocents Abroad: Sending Employees Into Harm’s Way – A Word About Offer Letters – Part II

Ned: As promised, I am following up on my email from last week regarding some additional resources for employees working abroad. The offer/assignment letter is a great place to specifically outline additional resources...more

HR Urban Legends

Walt Disney had himself cryogenically frozen. Alligators are alive and well in the NYC sewer system. You’ll die if you eat a whole bag of Pop Rocks and polish it off with a can of Coke. 2016 was the weirdest primary...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016

Last week, five members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team took the unprecedented step of filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over their pay. The players argue that despite...more

Second Circuit Holds that Human Resources Directors may be Individually Liable for FMLA Violations

The Second Circuit recently held that a Director of Human Resources may be individually liable for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Relying on the “economic reality” standard derived from the Fair Labor...more

Tyson Foods Supreme Court case: What Human Resources and Labor & Employment Practitioners Need to Know

Last week’s Quick Study observed that the U.S. Supreme Court in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 2016 WL 1092414 (Mar. 22, 2016) decided the class-certification issues on fairly narrow grounds. Specifically, “representative...more

No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and...more

Human Resources Audits Prove To Be An Effective Risk Management Tool

One of the largest investments an organization makes is in its employees. As organizations grow and evolve, often Human Resources policies and procedures lag behind and are a last area of concern. Experience has repeatedly...more

The Individual Liability You Never Knew You Had: Second Circuit Rules HR Directors May Be Liable for FMLA Violations

HR Directors, Beware: Your role in terminating employees may expose you to individual liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, et al., Graziadio, a Payroll...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC announced that it is expanding its use of its electronic charge status system to allow the public “information online and on demand.” The system allows charging parties to check the status of their...more

FMLA Leave is Like a Hot Potato – Handle with Care or You Might Get Burned: The Message of the Culinary Institute Decision

Much has been written about the Second Circuit’s recent decision, finding that a Director of Human Resources at the Culinary Institute of America (“CIA”) was individually liable as an “employer” for FMLA interference and...more

Who me? Yes, YOU: Personal Liability For Wage Hour Violations

With March Madness in full swing, we interrupt your crumbling tournament brackets to ensure you’re aware of a truly maddening development. California law now makes individuals potentially liable for employer violations of...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Human Resources Director Can Be Held Personally Liable Under FMLA

On March 17, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Human Resources Director can be held personally liable, under a broad reading of what constitutes "an employer" under the FMLA. Graziadio v. Culinary...more

HR Departments Beware: Major Tax Season Phishing Scheme Claims Multiple Victims

Another new phishing scheme has tricked numerous employers into disclosing highly sensitive, employee information. In the wake of tax season, spoofing emails were sent to payroll and human resource personnel at various...more

Second Circuit Court Holds HR Director is Individually the “Employer”

In an opinion last week, the Second Circuit ruled that a company’s human resources (HR) director could be held individually liable for Family and Medical Leave Act violations. The Court said that the HR director had...more

Human Resource Professionals Beware — Second Circuit Finds HR Director May Be Individually Liable Under the FMLA

On March 17, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision in Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America. In that decision, the Court held that the facts (when viewed in the light most...more

HR Managers May Be Held Personally Liable for FMLA Violations, and Second Circuit Formally Adopts Tests for FMLA Interference and...

In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit1 ruled that a human resources director could be personally liable as an “employer” for violating an employee’s rights...more

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