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Protected Conduct or Hate Speech? Managing Diverse Viewpoints in the Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent events have underscored the difficulties employers face in managing diverse workforces in which employees hold a wide-range of political perspectives. The mere discussion of the news of the day can create divisive...more

Court Lays Out Guidance For Ensuring Hourly Workers Are Paid For Off-Duty Work

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Addressing an employment issue of interest in an increasingly digital world, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over lower federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin­­) recently upheld a...more

Seventh Circuit case demonstrates value of good time reporting procedures

by McAfee & Taft on

Police officers in the Chicago Police Department claimed in a recent case that they were not compensated for work they performed on their mobile electronic devices — specifically, their BlackBerrys — while off-duty. A total...more

Executives Behaving Badly: Can CEO Be Fired For Kathy Griffin Hate Speech?

by Lewitt Hackman on

Neighbors don’t always get along – not even affluent neighbors living in exclusive gated communities in Bel-Air. This was proven most recently, when the Huffington Post released security camera audio of Jeffrey Mezger...more

Contacting Employees on FMLA Leave: Answers to 4 Inevitable Questions

Navigating employee leave issues can be a daunting feat for in-house counsel and human resources departments. One challenging and oft-overlooked situation rife with the potential for legal issues involves contact between...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Judgment Against Class in Off-Duty BlackBerry Use Case

by BakerHostetler on

There certainly has been no shortage of publicity about the potential for wage and hour claims for time spent by hourly employees using smartphones or other electronic devices for work while off duty. Many employers have...more

Balancing Undue Hardship and Reasonable Accommodation with Employees Using Medical Marijuana Lights Up in Massachusetts Court

by LeClairRyan on

In a recent case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (the “SJC”) held that medical marijuana may constitute a “reasonable accommodation” for employees.  As a result, employers may not terminate employees for failing...more

Employer Discretion to Terminate Employees for Off-Duty Conduct in the Age of Charlottesville

by Clark Hill PLC on

Before the rise of social media, employees' off-duty conduct was generally unknown to an employer, even if that conduct involved violence or unlawful conduct. On August 12, 2017, it took mere hours before the participants in...more

Employment Law - August 2017 #2

Court Shoots Down Officers’ FLSA Claim for Off-Duty Work - Why it matters - Chicago police officers seeking compensation for work performed using their mobile devices while the officers were off duty could not recover...more

Off-Duty Emails May Be Compensable (or Not)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After living with the reality of after-hours work emails, texts and cell phone calls for so many years, no one should be surprised that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.) requires employers to pay...more

What Can A California Employer Do About Off Duty Conduct?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The news is full of stories of employers taking action, or allegedly not taking sufficient action, for employee off duty conduct. The issues are vast and varied, ranging from communicating views about coworkers’ intellectual...more

Seventh Circuit Sends Police Officers’ Off-Duty BlackBerry Claims to Spam Folder

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers often grapple with what to do when their policies prohibit off-duty work, like working on mobile devices after hours, that employees don’t follow. Even if it has a policy prohibiting off-duty work, if the employer...more

What Can You Say in the Workplace? Whatever Your Employer Allows You to Say...

The recent controversy involving the Google employee fired for challenging his employer’s diversity policies highlights some misconceptions concerning free speech rights in the workplace....more

Can You Fire an Employee Involved in Racist Protests? Should You?

by FordHarrison on

Following recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia involving a “Unite the Right” rally organized by multiple white nationalist groups protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, which turned violent and ended in...more

City Of Chicago Not Liable For Police Officers’ After-Hours Smartphone Use, Seventh Circuit Affirms

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The City of Chicago lacked either actual or constructive knowledge that members of the Chicago Police Department were performing after-hours work on their smartphones, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, affirming...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

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

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

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