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Mass. Court Clouds Marijuana in the Workplace Issues

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent unanimous decision by the highest state court in Massachusetts sends a warning signal to employers in all states. Marijuana in the workplace is a complex and unsettled legal issue that will require all employers to...more

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On July 25, 2017, the Third Circuit allowed a plaintiff who was an in-house attorney to proceed with a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) based on its...more

Use Of Medicinal Marijuana Not A Facially Unreasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Employment Discrimination Law

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a case that may be a precursor of things to come across the country as more and more states “legalize” the medicinal use of marijuana, in a July 17, 2017 decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, SJC...more

NLRB Affirms Employer's Right to Terminate Employees Who Disparaged Company's Food Safety Practices

Over the past several years, we have reported on a seemingly never-ending series of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions proclaiming a variety of abusive employee practices as protected behavior under federal labor...more

Pennsylvania Highest Court Has Spoken: Former Employees Are Not Entitled to Inspect Their Personnel Files

Since January 6, 2016, almost 18 months ago, in accordance with a decision by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, employers in the state of Pennsylvania have been required to allow recently separated employees access to...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Defines “Good Faith” for LEQA Whistleblower Actions

Answering a question certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the term “good faith,” as used in the whistleblower section of the Louisiana Environmental...more

PA Supreme Court Decides that Former Employees are Not Entitled to Review their Personnel File

When an employee is terminated, the first question they have is “why?” Employees in Pennsylvania who were not happy with the answer or who wanted to verify the explanation had the right, for a reasonable period of time after...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

ACA Retaliation Claim Survives Despite No Complaint About ACA Provisions

On April 28, 2017, the United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) allowed a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) to proceed even though the...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: March 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve arbitration and PAGA issues. Arbitration - Farrar v. Direct Commerce, Inc., 9 Cal. App. 5th 1257, 215 Cal. Rptr. 3d 785 (2017) - Summary: Arbitration...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Supreme Court Limits EEOC Subpoena Power

by Fisher Phillips on

In a 7 to 1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that courts of appeals should largely defer to lower courts’ decisions when policing subpoenas issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). By...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

Workwise: Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause

by Field Law on

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (Wood), once again highlights that employers must be very careful when it comes to drafting termination clauses as a...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Alberta Law Clarified on Scope of Good Faith in Contract and Incentive Pay Eligibility

by Field Law on

Styles v. Alberta Investment Management Corporation, 2017 ABCA 1 (Styles) was the first decision rendered by the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 2017, and contains some noteworthy ramifications for employers. This case dealt...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

Third Circuit Permits ADEA “Subgroup” Claims

The Third Circuit recently held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 2017 WL 83385 (3d Cir. Jan. 10, 2017), that workers in their 50s may be recognized as a “subgroup” of employees protected by the Age...more

Leveling the Playing Field: Hospital’s Nonunion Hiring Preference Not Discriminatory

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed the NLRB, holding that the Board lacked substantial evidence to find that the hospital group unfairly preferred nonunion workers when filling nonunion...more

No Means No – Judge Limits The EEOC’s Claims In Bass Pro Case (Again)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the high-profile EEOC race discrimination litigation against Bass Pro, the Court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would have allowed it to include in its § 706 claims those individuals who had...more

First Circuit Affirms Narrow Scope of Federal Criminal Statutes in Reversing Patronage Convictions of Massachusetts Probation...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On December 19, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Elizabeth V. Tavares, John J. O’Brien, and William H. Burke, III.1 In 2014, three officials of the Massachusetts Office...more

Does the NLRA Protect Racist Insults by Picketing Workers?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A case currently under consideration in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals deserves watching. The case will determine whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects a picketing employee’s right to hurl racist...more

Fifth Circuit Flips Grant Of Summary Judgment Against EEOC in ADA Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action regarding disability discrimination, the Fifth Circuit reversed a District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and against the EEOC, noting that even though the...more

Connecticut's Highest Court Reinstates State Employee Fired for Smoking Marijuana at Work

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently held, by a unanimous decision, that termination was not the only appropriate disciplinary action for a public employee who had been caught smoking marijuana during working hours. In...more

Seventh Circuit Clarifies Evidentiary Standard for Employment Discrimination Claims

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Ortiz v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit clarified its standard for evaluating evidence in employment discrimination cases and rejected prior decisions to the extent they...more

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