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Jersey City Sick Leave Law and Notice/Poster Requirements Effective January 24, 2014

On September 26, 2013, the Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey signed into law an Ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave to their employees, effective January 24, 2014. For more on the new law, see our past client...more

How To Control A Reduction In Force

Reductions in force (RIFs) can lead to expensive and distracting litigation, and potential liability. ...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2013

Employee Must Prove That Illegal Retaliation Was The "But For" Cause Of Adverse Job Action Under Title VII - University of Tex. S.W. Med. Ctr. v. Nassar, 570 U.S. ___, 2013 WL 3155234 (2013) - The United States...more

Considerations When Changing Enforcement of Personnel Practices

You catch a not-so-good employee sleeping on the job, and you want to fire him. You call your attorney, and the attorney asks how you have handled similar situations in the past. You tell the attorney it has been a mixed bag,...more

Second Circuit: Governor’s Layoffs of Only Union Personnel Subject to Strict Scrutiny

On Friday, the Second Circuit issued an important decision in the long-running battle between the state unions and the government about whether layoffs of only union personnel violated the First Amendment....more

Do You Know the Seven Factors That Comprise "Just Cause"?

The “just cause” standard has long been a cornerstone of traditional labor law (under many collective bargaining agreements, employees generally cannot be discharged except with “just cause”). However, the standard also has...more

Navigating through the Challenging German Employment Law Framework for Japanese Companies Doing Business in Germany

In This Presentation: 1. Employment law in Germany – General facts 2. The Employee 3. Overview on German social security system 4. Dismissal of employees 5. Managerial authority 6. Modification of...more

Safety Violations Get 37-Year Employee Fired For Cause

We don’t often hear of 37-year employees being fired for just cause. An arbitrator has recently upheld the dismissal of a long-service unionized employee for safety violations....more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Provides Opportunities for President, Republicans, High-Tech Companies, Labor Unions

With the current Congressional focus on discretionary spending and revenue issues surrounding Sequestration, it may seem like little attention can be paid to other policy reforms. In comprehensive immigration reform,...more

Employers May Violate Federal Law By Refusing To Hire Union Organizers

Here’s a challenging scenario for employers: An individual applies for a job. The employer becomes aware that the applicant is a union volunteer who will likely try to organize the workplace if hired....more

Corporate Law Report: Global HR, Textual Harassment, Working Interviews, and Other Workplace Issues [Video]

Our latest video report looks at the employment needs of global companies, textual harassment, working interviews, and other labor & employment law issues. This week we're focused entirely on workplace legal issues -...more

Employers May Not Engage In Coercive Surveillance of Unions

An employer risks violating federal labor laws by monitoring employees’ union activities, or even creating an impression of surveillance....more

Illinois Supreme Court Will File Two Civil Opinions Friday Morning

This afternoon, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that it expects to file opinions in two civil cases at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22. They are...more

Employment Law in France: The Basics

France, the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of approximately 64 million people, and which borders eight different countries plays an integral role in Europe and the worldwide market....more

NLRB’s Actions in 2012 Highlight Critical Labor Issues for Nonunion Employers

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) aggressively staked out positions on employment policies and practices prevalent in both union and nonunion workplaces. These issues include social media policies...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook - 6 States Ban Companies from Asking for Social Media Passwords - Health Law Requires Employers to Offer Family Care to All - Fiscal...more

Second of a series: Privacy and Security Issues for 2013

Our series over the next 10 days will highlight the top issues, as we see them, in privacy and security for 2013. Yesterday, we looked at the increase in cybcersecurity disclosure by public companies, triggered by the...more

NLRB Rules Employer’s Termination of Non-Union Employees for Facebook Posts Violated NLRA

In another decision that affects non-union as well as union employers, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that comments posted on Facebook are protected in the same manner and to the same extent as comments...more

Board Affirms Decision Ordering Reinstatement Of Employees Terminated For Facebook Comments

On September 20, 2011, we reported on Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc., the first National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge decision examining an employee's discharge for social media activity. Recently, the...more

NLRB: Discharging Non-Union Employee’s for Facebook Posts Violated NLRA

In September 2011, we alerted you to the decision in Hispanics United of Buffalo, a decision by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examining an employer’s termination of employees because...more

Doing Business in Canada: Employment & Labour

The relationship between an employer and an employee in Canada is heavily regulated. All jurisdictions in Canada – both federal and provincial - have enacted legislation (statutes and regulations) governing various aspects of...more

Arbitrator’s Decision Finding Just Cause For Discharge Dooms Subsequent Statutory Claims, District Of New Jersey Holds

In Robbins v. U.S. Foodservice, Inc., 2012 WL 3781258 (D.N.J., August 30, 2012), a union employee’s discrimination (NJLAD) and leave law (FMLA and NJFLA) claims were dismissed because her union previously had grieved her...more

NLRB: Employer’s Harassment Investigation Lawful, But Not Resulting Discipline

As the end of its fiscal year approaches (September 30), the NLRB pushes more decisions out than it has in the last several weeks. Not a whole lot are of note, honestly. There seems to be an uptick of default judgments being...more

The NLRB and Social Media

The NLRB has issued recent opinions and advice memoranda regarding employer policies and social media. This article summarizes the state of the law regarding employer social media policies as of April, 2012....more

McNees White Paper -- The National Labor Relations Board 2011 Year in Review An Overview of the Board’s Significant Decisions and...

By all accounts, 2011 was a busy year for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). In 2011, the Board saw a 17 percent increase in filings as compared to the prior year, which included both unfair labor practice charges...more

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