Termination

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California Court Gives The Green Light For Arbitration Of Wrongful Termination Suit

Sanchez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC, B244772 (March 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently found that an employer’s arbitration agreement and dispute resolution rules and procedures (DRRP) are not...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Terminated Employee Can Waive FMLA Claims Through the Date of a Release

In a victory for common sense, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined that an employee could not pursue Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) interference and retaliation claims against her former employer...more

Riviera Consulting Company to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

San Jose Management Consulting Company Fired Bookkeeper Due to Vision Impairment, Federal Agency Charged - SAN JOSE, Calif. - A San Jose-based business has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee fired because of...more

Passing a DOT medical exam is a ‘marginal function’ of the job?

In a recent opinion by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving a Type-1 insulin-dependent diabetic, the court found that passing a Department of Transportation medical examination was an impermissible “qualification...more

Breach of Confidentiality Clause Leads to Disgorgement of Settlement

In this employment termination case, plaintiff Snay (a school principal), and Defendant, Gulliver (the school), settled and agreed to keep the settlement confidential. Four days after the parties signed the settlement...more

Revisiting Restrictive Covenants

Accounting firms often use post-employment restrictive covenants to prevent their clients and employees from being poached by departing partners and employees. As the number of accountants moving between firms has started to...more

California Employee Termination – Getting It Right

Letting an employee go is never easy. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, especially in California where employee terminations seem to frequently end in (or begin) claims or lawsuits alleging discrimination,...more

Severance Payments to Terminated Employees are Taxable Wages under FICA

The Supreme Court recently held that severance payments made to involuntarily terminated employees constituted “remuneration for employment,” for which taxes must be withheld and paid under the Federal Insurance Contributions...more

Pre-termination discussions: Do recent developments in protection really help employers?

Pattie Walsh, Location Head of our London office, comments: In July 2013, in the spirit of allowing employers to engage in more open and frank conversations with their employees, the Government introduced a new regime of...more

(Not) April Fools Day – Changes To The Canada Labour Federal Code Effective April 1, 2014

For those federally regulated employers that are governed by the Canada Labour Federal Code (the “Federal Code”), there are some substantive changes coming of which you should take note....more

Message to Employers: Stick to your story

A decision by a federal court in Oklahoma City reminds employers that when terminating an employee for a legitimate business reason, an employer does not need to sweeten the pot with additional reasons for termination –...more

Unauthorized UCC Termination Filings No Longer Effective — Commentary on Recent Bankruptcy Decision

Article 9 and the Life of a UCC Financing Statement - Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) provides the process by which a secured lender obtains, perfects and enforces a security interest in a debtor’s...more

Zero-Tolerance “Safety Absolute” Upheld: One Tie-Off Violation Gets Employee Fired For Cause

Zero-tolerance safety rules, often called “Life Saving Rules”, “Cardinal Safety Rules” or ”Safety Absolutes”, are becoming more common in industry. An arbitrator has now upheld the firing of a unionized employee for one...more

High Court Rules Some Severance Payments Are Taxable

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States held that severance payments are taxable under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) when made to employees whose employment is involuntarily terminated. The Court...more

The Art Of Employee Termination And Severance Agreements

The process of employee termination is fraught with pitfalls for the unwary employer. Not only can emotions run high during this time, but failure to comply with all applicable state and federal laws can lead to legal...more

United States: The “Top Ten” Things For A Supplier To Consider In Terminating A Distributor

Regardless of labels like “dealer,” “distributor” or “reseller,” there are some fundamental issues that demand attention whenever a supply relationship is involuntarily terminated. We work with suppliers in planning and...more

Bad Faith Constitutes "Cause" For Dismissal Under Section 707(a)

Until recently, the creditor of a chapter 7 debtor whose debts were not primarily consumer in nature was unable to rely on Eleventh Circuit precedent to support its position that its debtor's chapter 7 bankruptcy case should...more

Fired Employee Who Accused Coworkers of Sleeping with Boyfriend Lacks Triable Bias Claim

A retail employer did not violate federal civil rights laws or the Massachusetts state anti-discrimination law when it fired an employee because she made harassing, disparaging, and inappropriate accusations against her...more

U.K. Law for the U.S. Employer, Part II: Discrimination, Data Privacy, and Termination Rights

Part one of this three-part series covered the basic principles of employment laws in the United Kingdom and the minimum benefits and rights to which employees are entitled. Part two covers a number of employers’ obligations...more

Marijuana Possession And Use At Work Justified Dismissal, Despite Employee’s “Drug Problem”

A mining company employee was properly dismissed for possessing and using marijuana at work, a labour arbitrator has held. And the employee had not proven that he had a drug problem that required the employer to accommodate....more

Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

March 19, 2014 Patent Terminations

Termination - The Board terminated Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.v. U.S. Ethernet Innovations, LLC, IPR2013-00384, Paper 16 (March 19, 2014), on the joint motion of the paries, the Board noting that the proceeding still...more

March 17, 2014 Patent Filings and Terminations

New Filings - Stats LLC filed IPR2014-00510 challenging U.S. Patent No. 6,725,107 assigned to Hockeyline, Inc. ...more

UK Government Publishes Employment Tribunal Statistics

The statistics show a huge fall in the number of claims, which may be due to the introduction of tribunal fees....more

Evidence: Subjectivity By Itself Is Not Proof Of Unlawful Race Discrimination

The Bible contains the story of Gideon, who pared down an army of 32,000 to a meager 300 to defend his homeland. Gideon wasn’t looking for a large number of soldiers; rather, he was looking for a particular type of soldier....more

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