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ADA Does Not Provide Medical Leave Entitlement To Worker Seeking Post-FMLA Leave, Seventh Circuit Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a significant ruling for employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that a request for a two-to-three-month leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with...more

For Any Lawful Reason: Firing an at-will employee under dubious circumstances need not lead to liability if the reason for the...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the distinction between firing an employee for personal or politically expedient reasons (which may be entirely legal) and firing an employee because of his...more

The ADA Is Not a Medical Leave Entitlement, Seventh Circuit Declares

Today’s employers must run their businesses within the competitive environment in which they operate while affording employees an ever-increasing array of leaves. Yet, running a business without a full complement of employees...more

Discharge Of Employee Who Protested Illegal Policy By Himself Ran Afoul Of NLRA, Federal Appeals Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employee who was discharged after protesting an admittedly illegal policy was entitled to reinstatement and back pay despite having acted on his own, the federal appeals court in New York has ruled, enforcing a National...more

Being the Bearer of Bad News – How to Handle an Employee Termination Meeting

by Bowditch & Dewey on

News that Anheuser Busch laid off approximately 400 workers in its so-called “The High End” division (that is, the group that is buying up craft brewers and brands) serves as the most recent reminder that the business...more

Employment Law Quiz: Bizarro Edition

See how you do with these guaranteed true news items from the last week, all relating to employment law. Then tell me whether you agree that we are living in some crazy times. YCMTSU.* *You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. (I...more

Time To Get Back To Work After Hurricane Irma – Part I

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Hurricane Irma did a number on South Florida and the Keys and while many people have no power and damage (myself included), we are all getting back to work. Over the next few days I’m going to focus my posts on post-Irma...more

Spousal Jealously Provides Grounds For Discrimination Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a decision of apparent first impression in New York, an appellate court has ruled that the sexual jealousy of an employer’s spouse may be considered gender discrimination under New York State and New York City law (Edwards...more

“Hold My Position Open Indefinitely” Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation, Court Rules

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Connecticut Appellate Court today released an important disability discrimination decision that gives employers some support for employees who struggle with employees who ask for “accommodations” for an indefinite leave...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

Can they Resign? Privacy Issues for Iowa Public Employers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

In a post last week, we covered some of the implications of allowing an employee to resign rather than be terminated. House File 291, signed into law earlier this year by Governor Branstad greatly impacts public employers and...more

Too Cute To Work?

In New York, if you’re fired for being too cute, your boss may be guilty of gender discrimination. In a case where it sounds like we are hearing only half of the story, a yoga and massage therapist claimed that her...more

In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Harvey Employers Should Be Aware Of Laws Protecting First Responders

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The devastation in Texas is breathtakingly sad. Although the storm has passed, recovery efforts continue. For many, it will take months and years to recover. Today I received my first call from a client asking about its...more

K&L Gates Triage: Avoiding the Risks Associated with Mandatory Vaccination Programs

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses the risks associated with mandatory employee vaccination programs and practical tips for health care entities on how to minimize these risks from an employment law perspective. In particular, this...more

Are “Cute” Employees A New Protected Class in New York?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

New York employers now have a new class of employees to be wary of – the “cute”. A New York appellate court just issued a decision reviving a gender discrimination claim brought by a female plaintiff, who alleged that she...more

Context Is Key in Age Discrimination Cases

In Charles T. Merrick v. Hilton Worldwide, Inc., et. al. (No. 14-56853, filed 8/16/17), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit applied a nuanced analysis within the McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting...more

Third Circuit Finds No ADA Violation Where Employee Deemed Unfit for Duty

by Reed Smith on

On Tuesday August 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a claim for disability discrimination, where the plaintiff was deemed psychologically unfit for duty and subsequently had his...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

I-13 – Policies, Policies, Policies, and Microchips Embedded in Employees

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt of Cozen O'Connor addresses recent trends and noteworthy developments on certain employment policies related to political activity, confidential customer information, FMLA retaliation, and maximum leave...more

Before You Fire That Political Extremist . . .

If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are,...more

Employee’s Facebook Post Crossed the Line

Last week, the Third Circuit denied a Pennsylvania-plaintiff’s application to have her retaliation claim against her former employer reinstated. The plaintiff, Mindy Caplan, a former district manager for the retail chain...more

Yes, Neo-Nazis At Charlottesville Can Be Legally Fired From their Jobs

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

First, let us start by saying that we are saddened by the tragic and violent events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and...more

Beyond "You're Fired": Key Points for Executing Terminations

by Baker Donelson on

"You're fired!" has been a catchy phrase during the Trump era. If that phrase amounts to your plan for an upcoming termination meeting, however, you are in trouble. Much of the risk analysis and decision-making process for...more

Q And A On The Recent Controversy

On the recent uproar involving a major, major employer and its recently-terminated employee: No. 1. Is it a good idea to provide an “open forum” to employees if there are certain topics that are off limits? No. If you want...more

Employer Beware: Bad “Optics” Create Hostile Work Environment?

Yesterday, I posted about a disability discrimination case that the employer did not really screw up. Even so, a few less-than-optimal moves resulted in an adverse jury verdict that was upheld on appeal. In Chapter 2 of...more

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