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Prior Harassment Warning Used to Attribute Knowledge of Subsequent Conduct to Employer

Under Title VII, employers are only liable for an employee’s – as opposed to a supervisor’s – sexual harassment of a co-worker if it knew or should have known of such conduct. Last month in an unpublished decision, the Second...more

N.C. Appellate Court Refuses to Declare Noncompete Invalid Prior to Discovery

In some situations, lawyers can determine that post-employment noncompetition agreements are likely to be declared automatically invalid. For example, a North Carolina employer that attempts to obtain a five year...more

New Tax Law Prohibits Deduction for Sexual Harassment Settlements With Confidentiality Clauses

The new tax reform law contains a provision intended to address continuing concerns over sexual harassment in the workplace. Now employers that settle sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims with employees cannot deduct...more

Refusal to Take Flu Vaccine Not Based on Religious Beliefs

From time to time, health care employers find themselves faced with employees who refuse to take mandatory vaccines intended to protect themselves and their patients from exposure to infectious diseases. Sometimes these...more

Workplace Fatalities Decrease for Health Care Practitioners

Health care was among the occupations that saw the largest declines in fatal work injuries in the most recent year federal data is available, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It recently released statistics...more

Federal Court Nixes EEOC's Wellness Rules But Delays Effective Date

In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adopted regulations that limit the amount of incentives employers can provide employees to participate in wellness programs under the companies’ group medical insurance...more

NLRB Acts Swiftly to Overturn Multiple Pro-Labor Decisions From Obama Era

It did not take long for the National Labor Relations Board to act on the advice of its new general counsel and upset multiple precedents put in place by the prior majority Democratic board. In a series of 3-2 decisions, the...more

Should N.C. Restrictive Covenants Prohibit Solicitation of Prospective Customers?

We routinely encounter language in North Carolina employment contracts that prohibits the employee from soliciting the company’s customers or prospective customers for a period of time following separation from employment. In...more

FMLA Requires Written Agreement With Exempt Employees for Intermittent Leave Calculation

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employees are entitled to take intermittent leave to deal with a serious health condition. The intermittent leave can be in increments as small as one hour. The employer must maintain...more

Overseas Affiliate Not Subject to Title VII Jurisdiction

Employment laws and standards of conduct greatly vary from country to country. U.S. employees working overseas for their U.S. employer generally enjoy the same legal protections as if they were working at home. ...more

Full Eleventh Circuit Declines to Revisit Meaning of Race Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits race discrimination in employment, but it does not define what race means. Over the past decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has shifted its definition of...more

NLRB General Counsel Signals Rollback of Positions Affecting Unionized, Non-Unionized Employers

Once President Trump’s appointees gained a majority of National Labor Relations Board seats this summer, it was only a matter of time before the board began addressing the aggressive pro-employee positions taken by its...more

DOL Proposes Repeal of Obama-Era Tip Credit Rule

Last week, the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division proposed repealing a controversial regulation affecting employers in the hospitality industry. The regulation interpreted a provision of the Fair Labor...more

Fourth Circuit Says Mixed-Fleet Drivers Entitled to Overtime

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, certain drivers of commercial vehicles in interstate commerce are exempt from the law’s overtime provisions. In 2008, Congress amended the FLSA to apply the overtime requirement to drivers...more

OSHA Delays Electronic Injury Reporting Requirement Until December 15

Last year, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced new rules that will require employers to electronically submit annual OSHA 300A employee illness and injury information. While employers are...more

Nonprofits Can Avoid Overtime Requirements If They Avoid 'Enterprise' Status

Last year’s proposal to increase the minimum salary to qualify for exemption from federal overtime requirements hit nonprofit employers particularly hard. While the new salary levels never went into effect, many nonprofits...more

Overtime Claim Against Chipotle Stayed Until Contempt Motion Is Heard

As previously reported in EmployNews, in December a creative group of plaintiffs’ lawyers filed suit against Chipotle in federal district court in New Jersey. The lawyers contended that despite a Texas federal court’s...more

Ninth Circuit Agrees Minimum Wage Compliance Is Determined on Workweek Basis

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In Douglas v. Xerox Business Services, LLC, the plaintiffs challenged Xerox’s variable pay system as violating these requirements....more

Lousy Internship Experience Does Not Convert It Into Paid Work

In recent years, a number of companies have faced lawsuits from unpaid interns who claim that they should have been compensated for their work. The Department of Labor considers internships to be subject to federal minimum...more

Make Sure FMLA Forms Mailed to Employees Can Be Traced

Here is a nightmare scenario for human resources: The company sends an employee absent from work the required Family and Medical Leave medical certification form via regular mail. The employee fails to return the form within...more

Federal Legislation Would Pre-empt State and Local Laws in Return for Guaranteed Paid Leave

On November 2, Republican congresswomen introduced legislation that would relieve employers from the growing patchwork of state and local paid employee leave laws in return for their guarantee of certain paid benefits. The...more

USERRA Requires Bonus Payment to Reservist Who Missed Training

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) imposes on employers the strictest requirements of any federal leave law. Reservists, National Guard members, and other employees who leave work for...more

Federal Courts Uphold Employer Notification Requirements for FMLA Absences

In its last round of Family and Medical Leave Act rule revisions, the Department of Labor recognized employers’ rights to establish notice procedures for employees who need to miss work due to intermittent and other legally...more

Employer Not Required to Provide Indefinite Leave for a Temporary Disability

Despite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s more nuanced position, federal courts have generally rejected attempts by plaintiffs to claim that an indefinite leave of absence is a required reasonable accommodation...more

FMLA Care Leave Rights Expire Upon Relative's Death

The Family and Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for, among other things, care of a spouse, parent, or child with a serious health condition (SHC). What happens to these...more

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