Termination Employer Liability Issues

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Death Threats Lead To Employer's ADA Victory

It is rare that the most employee-friendly of all federal appellate courts cites “common sense” in support of one of its decisions. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently did just that, however, dismissing a disability...more

State Law Claim for Invasion of Privacy Escapes ERISA Preemption: Rose v. HealthComp, Inc.

A federal court recently held that the plaintiff’s claims under state law survived ERISA preemption, and remanded the case to state court to determine the plaintiff’s claims for invasion of privacy and unfair business...more

Fourth Circuit Adopts the Joint Employer Test for Title VII Claims

Who's The Boss? - In Butler v. Drive Auto. Indus. of Am., Inc., the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over North and South Carolina) joined the majority of federal appellate courts in holding that...more

Hidden Pitfalls of Old Non-Compete Provisions

Companies and employers around the country seek to protect their intellectual property by, among other things, using non-compete provisions in employment agreements. Generally, these provisions are intended to prevent an...more

Third Circuit Issues Employer-Friendly Ruling in Discrimination and Retaliation Case

On August 12, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion in Jones v. SEPTA, a discrimination and retaliation claim brought by a former employee of the Philadelphia-area transit agency. The Third...more

Massachusetts State Court Holds Employee Cannot Recover Treble Damages on Late Wage Payments

Can an employer escape a treble damage award under the Massachusetts Wage Act where it makes a late payment of final wages to a fired employee after the employee filed a wage complaint with the state Attorney General but...more

Holiday entitlement during sick leave – Where are we now?

An employee’s entitlement to holiday, and the pay he or she receives while taking holiday, has been a hot topic in the courts over the past few years. In the case of Plumb v Duncan Print Group Ltd, the Employment Appeal...more

Employers May Be Able to Limit Treble Damages for Violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act

The Massachusetts Wage Act automatically entitles an employee who proves an unlawful failure to pay wages to treble damages. On June 18, 2015, however, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ruled in Littlefield v. Adcole...more

Disciplinary Investigations of Employees – Three Names to Know

Whenever an employer is considering disciplining an employee for misconduct, three names from 1967, 1975 and 1985 continue to be associated with employer investigations and interrogations, in much the same way that Mr....more

Do Federal Employees Have a ‘Right to a Job’? The Supreme Court to Decide

The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Wilson v Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Federally regulated employers hoping that this important decision from the Federal Court of Appeal was the final word on the law of...more

Retaliation: Realities and Myths

Unlawful workplace retaliation can take several forms, and claims for retaliation arise under a number of different statutes and common law theories. Workers compensation statutes, for example, contain provisions that...more

Every Step You Take…Can Your Employer Be Watching You?

It sounds like something out of an Orwell novel: an employer demands an employee provide electronic notice of her whereabouts at all times, on and off the clock. The employee must now face a choice – protect her privacy...more

[Webinar] Minnesota Bolsters Sales Rep Termination Act - Strategies & Guidance for Suppliers and Manufacturers, June 2, 1:00 CDT

Any supplier or manufacturer that uses sales reps in Minnesota should understand the Minnesota Termination of Sales Representatives Act (MTSRA) because it could have drastic consequences for their businesses. Contracts...more

Aching Joints: Franchisor Avoids Liability for Franchisee's Labor Disputes

Any time an employer is involved in a franchise relationship, there are bound to be unique issues when legal disputes arise, particularly in the employment context. It is no longer surprising to see the names of any and all...more

Will the Second Circuit “Like” the NLRB’s Recent Stance on Social Media? An Update on the Facebook “Like” Firing Case

The NLRB last week filed its brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the well-publicized Facebook “Like” firing case, Three D, LLC v. NLRB. Prior to the appeal, we discussed the NLRB’s August 2014 ruling here as part...more

Sixth Circuit Decision Refusing to Enforce Collective Action Waiver Included in Separation Agreement Remains Intact; Supreme Court...

This week, the Supreme Court disappointed many employers by declining to determine whether the Fair Labor Standards Act does or does not provide employees with a non-waivable substantive right to bring a collective action. ...more

“Just Give Me a Reason” Not Enough to Satisfy Just Cause Provision

I’m a big P!nk (yes, the exclamation point) fan. One of her most recent hits, is a song “Just Give Me A Reason”. Somehow, reading a new Appellate Court case that will be officially released tomorrow, this song title...more

Another Exception to Employment At-Will

Virginia is known as a stalwart adherent to the doctrine of employment at-will. The courts in Virginia have long recognized that the employment relationship is for an indefinite term and may be terminated for any reason or...more

Illinois worker still eligible for workers’ compensation after fired for theft

Disabling accidents are tragically common among warehouse workers in Illinois. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5 percent of full-time warehouse employees suffer a serious workplace injury every year....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Legal Considerations During Massive and Quick Layoffs"

Class Action Lawsuit Recently Filed Against Drilling Company for Alleged WARN Act Violations - The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”) requires certain companies who conduct large and quick...more

French Terminations: What Happens if You Miss the End of the Probationary Period?

You know that sinking feeling: you have a new employee in France who is not working out, and the manager has left it until the last minute to let you know. What happens if the required termination notice period will now...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Breadth of Misconduct Exception for Unemployment Benefits

In the closing days of its January term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear a case from Division 5 of the First District, Petrovic v. The Department of Employment Security. Petrovic presents an interesting issue on the...more

Texas court rules disabled employees must ask for accommodations

What’s an employer to do when a disabled employee has repeated opportunities to ask for an accommodation but doesn’t act on them? In a recent case, a federal court in Texas ruled that the employer was justifiable in...more

“Honest Belief” Defense Remains Unresolved In California

The California Supreme Court refused to decide whether the “honest belief” defense to discrimination and retaliation claims is valid under California law. Instead, in Richey v. Autonation, Inc., the Court punted on the...more

Hot Tips For Employee Terminations

Would you rather get your teeth drilled or fire that problem employee? It is easily the most painful part of the employment process. The case law of employment claims is ripe with horrible stories of terminations gone...more

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