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Federal Court Again Says Telecommuting Not Acceptable Substitute for Being at Work

Employers continue to face disability discrimination claims from employees who argue that their medical conditions give them a right to work from home as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Temps in Tenth Circuit Face Stricter Scrutiny When Seeking Time Off as Reasonable Accommodation

by Bryan Cave on

On July 6, 2017, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reiterated that physical attendance in the workplace is an essential function of most jobs and emphasized this is particularly...more

You’re now an employer… what Startups need to know about Job Descriptions (part 2)

by Bryan Cave on

This three-part series highlights the steps startups should take before hiring their first employee. In this Part Two, we’re diving into the drafting of job descriptions and their use in determining whether a position should...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Telecommuting Not Reasonable for Accommodation for Litigation Attorney

Contrary to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) position discussed in last week’s EmployNews, federal courts continue to allow employers to require employees to actually come to work. Last month, the Fifth...more

Nurse’s Disability Discrimination Claims May Proceed To Trial, New Jersey Supreme Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A registered nurse employed by a New Jersey health care system for approximately 10 years may proceed to a jury trial with her disability and perceived disability claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the...more

Fifth Circuit Says Regular Attendance at Work is an Essential Function of Most Jobs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a recent win for employers, the Fifth Circuit clarified that opened-ended or unlimited requests to work from home are unreasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and may be rejected...more

Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, “update your job descriptions?” Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, “I feel like that’s tattooed on my brain.” ...more

Saved – Or Sunk – By the Job Description?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

A job description identifying essential job functions can be an employer’s best friend—if drafted correctly. Two recent cases illustrate the importance of accurate job descriptions.Eddy Reyes was a sales representative for a...more

Day 14 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Hiring a CCO-Developing the Job Profile

by Thomas Fox on

What should a company do when it desires to hire a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO). I sat down and visited with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. Gilbert believes that it behooves any company to...more

Don’t Judge a Conditional Certification Motion by Its Cover

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court denied a motion for conditional certification of a nationwide collective action against Barnes & Noble. The ruling highlights that, even though the burden for “first stage”...more

Can You Fire The Needle-Phobic Pharmacist Who Refuses To Perform Immunizations?

As more and more pharmacies move into the role of providing immunizations, someone has to perform those immunizations. Often, this duty falls to the pharmacist. So, what happens when a pharmacist claims he cannot perform...more

Fear Not: Employees’ Phobias May Not Relieve Them of Essential Job Duties

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

From agoraphobia to xenophobia, employers should be well aware that there is a long list of phobias—including more common disorders such as social anxiety disorder—that can be considered disabilities under the Americans with...more

Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its...more

Five Workplace New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the New Year comes the annual tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions—along with the annual tradition of breaking those resolutions by the second week of January. Even if last year’s Christmas tree survived longer...more

Member Miscimarra Finds “Common Sense Is Not So Common” in NLRB’s Latest Supervisor Determination

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a 2-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board elected to deny the employer’s request for review of the Regional Director’s Decision and Direction of Election in Chi LakeWood Health, 365 NLRB No. 10 (Dec. 28, 2016), a...more

Job Descriptions Are Not "Exemption Descriptions"

by Fisher Phillips on

Famous last words in the wage-hour Hall of Infamy include, "Let's write the job descriptions to make them exempt." The problem is, job descriptions do not "make" employees exempt. It is essential that employers steer...more

Retailers Share Struggles and Strategies in Preparing for Overtime Changes

The proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime rules were a hot topic on the minds of retailers at the National Retail Federation’s Committee on Employment Law meeting, which was held on April 21–22,...more

The Importance of Job Descriptions

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The importance of having accurate job descriptions for employees was illustrated by a recent case. In that case, the employee was let go by an employer after suffering a non-work related injury that the employer believed...more

Is Final Rule on White Collar Exemptions a Hidden Opportunity for Employers?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It is no secret that last summer the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed substantial amendments to the white collar exemption regulations. Namely, the DOL proposed raising the minimum salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440...more

A Job Ad Doesn’t Need to Be a Job Description

by Zelle LLP on

Ah, job descriptions. Boring lists of knowledge, skills, abilities, duties, and education and experience requirements – a description of the “essential functions” of a job. Not compelling reading at the best of times, and...more

Everything You Need to Know About New York's New FCA Guidance

As we previously reported, New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect on October 27, 2015. On November 5, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued long-anticipated guidance...more

EEOC Trashes the Garbage Business: Gender Discrimination Suit Filed Against Staffing Company

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed a direct action on behalf of 34 women against Workplace Staffing Solutions, LLC alleging that the company denied the women the opportunity to become temporary...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

Should You Have Job Descriptions? (Hint: Yes)

by Fisher Phillips on

No state or federal law “requires” job descriptions. But job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and legal reasons. Here are some of the most important...more

Job descriptions continue to be critical in defending against disability claims

by McAfee & Taft on

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed summary judgment on behalf of the employer in a case where the employee claimed that the requirement to be a Department of Transportation-certified driver was not an...more

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