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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Use Your Company Computer*

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Miller v. Zara USA Inc., (2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 04407, 1st Department June 6th, 2017), the First Department held that where, as here, a company’s written employment guidelines clearly provide that employees have no reasonable...more

“You Can’t Fire Me, I Just Came Back From FMLA Leave.”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Contrary to apparent popular belief, employees who have recently taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) can be terminated for legitimate reasons unrelated to their FMLA leave. Establishing a...more

Supreme Court of Canada Rules No Discrimination for Termination of Drug Addicted Employee

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. (Stewart). Stewart is a welcome decision for employers looking to improve and enforce alcohol and drug policies in...more

Shielding Teacher From Unruly Students Not ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Sometimes employers face requests for reasonable accommodation that do not cost much, but which would materially interfere with the employee’s ability to get their work done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),...more

“Tantrums” Aside, the Law Leans Toward the Employee in Issues of Social Media and Free Speech

Whether or not your friends and family get a kick out of your misery at work, that online post of yours might tick off your employer. But what rights do employers have to restrain their employees from complaining about them...more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #10: Terminating an Employee for Poor Performance

This is the 10th and final instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This instalment addresses terminating an employee for poor performance. OVERVIEW - Under Canadian law, employers may unilaterally and...more

First Circuit Refuses to Recognize a Section 1981 Private Right of Action for Damages Against State Actors

In a recent decision, Buntin v. City of Boston, the First Circuit Court of Appeals held that there is no implied private right of action for damages against state actors under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981. In reaching that...more

Overhaul of Alberta’s Workplace Laws Now Underway

Significant changes to Alberta’s workplace laws are coming. On May 24, 2017, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17), which proposes the biggest changes to Alberta’s...more

Public Act 16-67 – Are Your Background-Check Practices Compliant?

It’s been almost exactly a year since Public Act 16-67 – officially entitled “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Certain Education Personnel Records, Criminal Penalties for Threatening in Educational Settings and the...more

Be Aware Belgium May 2017

by DLA Piper on

Brussels Labour Court had to rule on the nullity of a termination and the claim of an indemnity in lieu of notice by an employee. These are the facts: An Employee entered the service of a not-for-profit organization...more

Texas Does Not Recognize Self-Publication Defamation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court has rejected the theory of defamation by compelled self-publication. Say what? you ask? Compelled self-publication occurs most often in the employment context, where a terminated employee is...more

Day 22 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-10 Questions to Better Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude this month’s series inspired by an article in the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Does Management Really Work?” by Nicholas Brown, Raffaella Sadun and John Van Reenen. I found the article very useful because it...more

Evidence That Similarly Situated Employees Included Those Of The Same Race Dooms Race Discrimination Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal district court granted an employer’s summary judgment motion in light of evidence that employees allegedly not disciplined for similar infractions as the plaintiff included those of the same race and color as the...more

Politics in the Workplace

by Baker Donelson on

Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

“You’re Fired” Is Not A Good Response To A Report Of Harassment

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This is not a post about any of the activities of the Trump Administration even though the headline uses his catch phrase. We are taking a break from our multi-part series of commenting on the investigation of Trump’s ties...more

Employment Law - May 2017 #2

One Day of Rest Mandated by California Supreme Court - Why it matters - Resolving a contentious issue of California law, the state’s highest court ruled that one day of rest is guaranteed for each defined workweek,...more

Day 15 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Employment Separation Issues

by Thomas Fox on

Employment separation and layoffs can present some unique challenges for the compliance practitioner. Employees can use layoffs to claim that they were retaliated against for a wide variety of complaints, including those for...more

Employer’s Enforcement Of Its Call-In Policy Was Reasonable Vis-à-Vis A Disabled Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers frequently struggle with enforcement of call-in and job abandonment policies when there has been a lack of communication by a disabled employee. In Alejandro v. ST Micro Electronics (N.D. Cal.) 178 F.Supp.3d 850,...more

Government’s Termination of Lease Pursuant to its Terms is Not a “Taking”

by Nossaman LLP on

Public agencies own significant amounts of property throughout California and the United States. Sometimes, those properties are not being put to a public use, and the government acts as a landlord, leasing out property to...more

4 Retaliation Lessons from Comey’s Firing

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Regardless of your political views, most will agree that President Trump’s firing of F.B.I. Director James Comey was fraught with potential controversy. Employers can find at least four takeaways from what was, in short, a...more

NLRB Finds Employee Properly Terminated for Obscene Tirade

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that a railroad car repair company properly terminated an employee after he hurled numerous obscenities at his supervisor, including telling the supervisor to “f*** you and...more

Citing Statistics, Yankee Institute Critical of CHRO - Again

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This week, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a self-described “free market” think tank, issued an article suggesting that Connecticut had nearly the same number of discrimination complaints as our neighboring state,...more

Oh F**k: Employee’s Profane Facebook Post is Protected Activity

On April 21, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) ruling that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Act) when it discharged a catering...more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #8: Employment Considerations in Business Transactions

This is the eighth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series, focusing on employment considerations in business transactions. Specifically, this instalment discusses key employment and labour issues that a...more

What Should I Tell Employees On Leave About Their FMLA Usage? Everything!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When it comes to FMLA leave administration, “don’t sweat the details” is rarely a wise axiom. Details matter. A lot. A recent decision by an Illinois federal court reinforces that lesson. In March 2015, Amanda Dusik...more

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