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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an employer could be liable under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act for disability discrimination by declining employment based...more

Digital Disruptions: Handling Social Media Misuse By Students And Educators

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning with the launch of Myspace and Facebook in the early part of the last decade, social media communication has taken the world by storm. Today, social media networking is the primary means of communicating about one’s...more

Lessons From France’s “Right To Disconnect”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Summer is the time for vacations, and with that comes the stress of balancing work pressures while out of the office. Many employees prefer not to take vacations when the alternative is trying to conduct work from a cell...more

Give Me A Break! Do Your Unpaid On-Call Shifts Remain Alive and Well?

by Fisher Phillips on

There are a variety of situations that may require your employees to handle on-call shifts after finishing their regular shift, most commonly if you need to provide certain services at irregular frequencies and intervals....more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

Can You Fire An Employee For Off-Duty Misconduct? You Betcha!

Every now and then, I am told that it’s unfair for employers to take action against employees misbehave off duty. “No it isn’t,” I reply. Although I wouldn’t recommend firing everybody who gets in trouble away from work...more

Off-Duty Employees Had Right to "Hang Out" on Employer's Property to Publicize Dispute

by FordHarrison on

An administrative law judge recently ruled that a Pacific Northwest fast food chain violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by maintaining a policy that prohibited off-duty employees from loitering or “hanging out”...more

Spouse Swapping Not Cool for Police Officers, Says the Fifth Circuit

Just how much can you regulate a public employee’s off-duty conduct? In an interesting and rather frank opinion, the Fifth Circuit found a sheriff’s department could regulate deputies’ private conduct pretty broadly. In...more

NLRB Finds “No Loitering” Policy Unlawful

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Many employers assume that they have broad authority to control off-duty employee access to employer property. A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may require a second look at “No Loitering” policies....more

Employer liable for off-duty murder?

by McAfee & Taft on

Companies often assume they are not responsible for interactions between employees that happen off-site after hours and that are unrelated to their jobs. However, if a supervisor and a subordinate are involved and the...more

Employer Potentially Liable for Supervisor's Off-Duty Murder of Employee

Most employers know that they can be held liable in some situations based on negligent hiring or retention of an employee who harms a third party. A new decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals cautions employers...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

New Proposed TN Legislation Allows Off-Duty Law Enforcement to Carry Guns in Sports and Entertainment Venues

The Senate Judiciary Committee had 28 bills pertaining to firearms up for discussion this week. One bill receiving a lot of attention, SB356 / HB455, would allow an off-duty law enforcement officer to carry a firearm to...more

European Labour & Employment Update - March 2017

by Jones Day on

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

by Jones Day on

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

NFL Owners, Commissioner Consider Question of NFL Conduct Policies Regulating Non-Football Offenses Once Again

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New York Jets player Darrelle Revis is entering the third year of his approximately $70 million five-year contract with the team. He is slated to receive a $13 million base salary ($6 million fully guaranteed) and a $2...more

Can Employers Require Their Employees to Remain On Call During Rest Breaks?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In another important decision regarding an employer’s obligation to provide rest breaks, the California Supreme Court in Jennifer Augustus et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal.5th 257, dealt with two issues...more

The new "right to disconnect" in France

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In response to the increasing use of digital tools which blurs the line between professional life and personal life, a new obligation relating to working time has been introduced in France by the law of August 8th, 2016...more

Think Before You Call: Contacting Employees On FMLA Leave

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

How many employers have had this situation arise? An employee requests and receives FMLA leave. While they are out, the employee’s supervisor needs to locate a document, find out the status of a project the employee was...more

When Off-the-Clock Isn’t Off-the-Clock: The Seventh Circuit Considers Employees’ Arguments that Employer Violated the Fair Labor...

Remember that collective action that the Chicago police officers filed complaining that they weren’t paid overtime for checking their BlackBerrys off duty? Well, the cops lost at trial and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

New French Law Limits Work Email Outside of Business Hours

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A new French law establishes employees’ “right to disconnect” beginning January 3, 2017. The new law is an amendment included within a broader labor reform bill, the El Khomri Labor Law (after Labor Minister Myriam El...more

The right to disconnect: a new right for French employees?

A new law, called El Khomri law, passed on August 8th, 2016 in France providing a right to disconnect for employees. Such right is entered into force on January 1st, 2017 - According to the law, it belongs to the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

by Littler on

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

Massachusetts Has Legalized Marijuana — Should Your Workplace Policies Go Up in Smoke?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 8, 2016, voters in Massachusetts (along with their counterparts in Maine, California, and Nevada) voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. This means that recreational marijuana use is now legal in...more

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