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Oral Complaint to Supervisor Can Support FLSA Retaliation Claim, Says Second Circuit

On April 20, 2015, the Second Circuit overruled its existing precedent and held that oral complaints of FLSA violations, made internally to a supervisor, can form the basis for a retaliation claim under Section 215 of the...more

Supervisor’s “Smoking Gun” Comments Keep ADA Claim Alive

A recent case out of New York reminds employers of the serious impact that off-the-cuff comments can have, especially when they take place during an employee’s termination. A couple of statements uttered by a supervisor,...more

More than Just a Fable – Why the “Cat’s Paw” Matters for Employers

The Fable - “The Monkey and the Cat” is a fable (dating back to the 17th century or perhaps earlier) about a monkey who persuades a cat to pull chestnuts from the embers of a fire, only to take the reward for himself...more

Must Management Justify Treating Exempt Employees As Non-Exempt?

For years, The Big Corporation has treated its Department Supervisors as meeting all of the requirements for the executive exemption from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements. However,...more

A Reminder: Employers Must Train Supervisors on the Prevention of Abusive Conduct

Assembly Bill 2053 expanded the existing requirement for sexual harassment training under Government Code section 12950.1 to include training on the prevention of abusive conduct. Effective January 1, 2015, the law applies to...more

“Who is a supervisor?” Ontario Ministry of Labour releases guideline

Employers often struggle with the question of who is a “supervisor” under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. The answer to that question is obviously important because supervisors have legal duties under the...more

NLRB Restricts Company From Requiring Employee to Keep Performance Improvement Plan Confidential

When faced with performance or disciplinary issues, human resource professionals often turn to use of a performance improvement plan (PIP) as a method to explain to employees problems with their work and expectations for...more

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad: NJ High Court Offers Employers Avenue to Limit Vicarious Liability in Harassment Suits; But...

In Aguas v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently adopted an affirmative defense—available under federal law since 1998—allowing employers to use their anti-harassment policies to limit vicarious...more

Complaint to Managers Below Level of Alleged Harasser Not Effective Use of Company's Policy

In most circumstances, employers are vicariously liable for sexual or other harassment engaged in by their supervisors. Under the Supreme Court’s Faragher/Ellerth defense, employers can sometimes avoid liability for...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - High Tech, High Risk: Protecting Health Plan Data: Recent Cyber Attack Reminds Employers to Take Swift Action - EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers? - State...more

N.J. Supreme Court Decision in Harassment Case Mixed Bag for Employers

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided two key issues affecting claims of supervisory hostile work environment sexual harassment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). In Aguas v. State of New...more

N.J. High Court Adopts Faragher-Ellerth Defense for LAD Sexual Harassment Claims

Last week, in Aguas v. New Jersey, No. A-35-13 (Feb. 11, 2015), New Jersey’s high court embraced the federal Faragher-Ellerth defense for claims alleging vicarious liability for supervisory sexual harassment under New...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Erects New Hurdle for Harassment Plaintiffs To Overcome

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court analyzed the impact of an employer’s anti-harassment policy on an employee’s claims of negligence, recklessness and vicarious liability against employers under the New Jersey Law...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Provides Guidance to Employers Defending Against Certain Supervisory Harassment Claims

On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court for the first time directly addressed and adopted the standard set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1998 decisions in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth and Faragher v....more

Friendship Between Male Supervisor and Female Subordinate Does Not Create Title VII Rights for Disfavored Male

Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender. Numerous federal courts have rejected claims by female workers that they were discriminated against when their managers showed preferential treatment toward a female...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 38: The Supreme Court Defines “Supervisor”...

In hostile environment harassment cases under Title VII, an employer’s liability for the conduct of its employees depends on whether a supervisor or an individual contributor commits the wrongful acts. If a supervisor...more

Policing the workplace: Are you my supervisor?

A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals case involving the rape of an employee by her superior clarifies the Tenth Circuit’s case law on when an individual is considered a “supervisor,” and also provides a cautionary tale for...more

It’s a Family Affair: New York Federal Court Holds that Family Relationship May be Sufficient to Qualify Employee as a...

The employment practices risk profile for companies that employ members of the same family may have just increased as a result of Dillon v. NED Management, Inc., a decision out of the Eastern District of New York. ...more

What 2013 Gifts will Employers be Enjoying well into 2014?

The holidays have come and gone. I hope everyone enjoyed them, and I hope everyone received the gifts and presents they asked for. I come from a big family—three siblings, 14 aunts and uncles, and nearly twenty cousins....more

Supervisor Jailed Under OHSA After Lying To MOL Inspector, Police

In what is still a relatively rare occurrence, an Ontario supervisor has been sent to jail for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker died. Lying to the police and Ministry of Labour inspector did...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - December 2013: SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Supersize victory: Shift leader isn’t supervisor under Title VII

Harassment is a word employers never want to hear. A long-standing question for many employers has been the extent of their potential liability for workplace harassment. An employer’s liability for harassment under Title VII...more

NLRB Asks For, Gets, the Casablanca Treatment

The NLRB received a nasty benchslap from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently in a case challenging the NLRB’s interpretation of supervisor status under the NLRA. Lakeland Health Care Associates, LLC v. NLRB. The...more

ESA Issues ESMA and EBA Consultation for Securities and Banking Complaints Handling

On November 6, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) issued a consultation paper by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) concerning draft...more

SEC Commissioner Draws Some Clean Enforcement Lines

The SEC should put more of its efforts into pursuing regulatory violations, such as failure to supervise, instead of trying to pursue fraud theories on weak facts, according to an SEC Commissioner....more

China Business Series: Directors and Supervisors

Every Chinese company, including subsidiaries established in China by foreign companies, is required to have a board of directors and a board of supervisors. Multinationals should understand the responsibilities and...more

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