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I Can’t Ask That? - Taking a Closer Look at Citizenship and National Origin Discrimination

When seeking a qualified candidate for an open position, Human Resources professionals are aware that it is generally impermissible to inquire about or consider an applicant’s race, sex, religion, or disability during the...more

HR Abdicates Control

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently taught employers what can happen when Human Resources abandons an investigation half-way through. In Vasquez v. Empress Ambulance Serv., Inc., No,. 15-3239-cv (2d Cir. Aug. 29,...more

Fired For My Firearm? I’ll Sue!

As if employers already did not have enough reasons to have to think through termination decisions carefully, here is yet another “trigger” word that should make employers think twice about plans to discipline or fire an...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #4

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a transgender discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC, citing the company owner’s religious beliefs and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The case involved the termination of a...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #2

Last week, Massachusetts became the first state to prohibit employers from asking about salary history before offering a candidate a position. The law is designed to help close the gender wage gap. Supporters argued that...more

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

The combined topics of Facebook and race were in the news last week. A Pennsylvania judge ruled that an employee’s personal Facebook page laced with race-based stereotypes could be used to impeach her in her lawsuit, which...more

Harvey Specter on human resources

Season 6 of Suits aired on USA Network on July 13 with Mike Ross in prison, serving his two-year sentence as a consequence of working as an associate for one of Manhattan’s top law firms, despite not being an admitted...more

Brazil’s eSocial—Is Your Company Ready for Compliance by September?

The Brazilian government has developed a groundbreaking unified electronic platform for mandatory reporting of employee data, payroll data, health and safety records, and tax information. The program, “eSocial,” will...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016 #4

Last week, a television reporter filed a lawsuit against her former employer alleging that she was discriminated against because she is white. The reporter was terminated following a post on her employer’s Facebook post that...more

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

Last week, cybersecurity was a big issue. Fortune reported that the average cost of a data breach is $4 million, and Inc. explained that even mom-and-pop shops can be victims of a hack. HR Examiner framed the discussion a...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016 #2

Last week, the National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights issued a new report entitled Valuing Transgender Applicants & Employees: A Best Practices Guide for Employers. This follows the...more

“It’s a Match!”

Can techniques for finding a good date be used to find a good job or a good candidate? Some creators of recruiting technology think so. The recruiting app Switch uses a Tinder-like tool to match hiring managers and...more

Reminder To HR Professionals: You Can Be Held Personally Liable For FMLA Violations

A recent decision offers a not-so-friendly reminder to HR professionals and supervisory employees: you can be individually liable for FMLA violations if you review, approve, and correspond with employees regarding their FMLA...more

The Use of the Exit Interview in Compliance

Blackie Sherrod died last week. To any reader of sports pages across the nation and most particularly in Texas, Sherrod was about as good as it got. For me, he was right up there with Red Smith, Frank DeFord and Shirley...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

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

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

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

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

Second Circuit Holds That HR Director May Be Individually Liable Under the FMLA Based On “Economic Realities” Analysis

It may not be well-known that the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) provides for individual, as well as corporate liability. Therefore, in a matter of importance to Human Resources personnel, supervisors, and their employers,...more

Hacking at Employment Risks in Hackathons: Practice Insights

Employers of technology innovators should beware the employment traps and risks associated with think tank operations and retreats, such as hackathons. Hackathons are company-sponsored competitions, where either teams or...more

Culture Applied: Practical Realities: Local Culture and Global Staffing

Far from being resolved, the issues of discrimination, based on race, ethnicity, gender, and lifestyle are once again dominating our political, social, and corporate conversations. ...more

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