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Employee monitoring – avoiding pitfalls in a changing landscape

by White & Case LLP on

Recent developments in case law and regulatory guidance have emphasised the need for employers to be cautious when implementing systems to monitor employees....more

Illinois takes the lead on employee privacy: What employers need to know

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When it comes to employee privacy protection, employees in the United States generally do not have a right to privacy in their workplace. By contrast, members of the European Union recognize employee rights to privacy and...more

Could Barring Former Employees From Your Premises Lead To A Lawsuit?

by Fisher Phillips on

Hospitality employers open to the general public should be aware of a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with implications across the industry. In a 2-to-1 decision, the NLRB ruled that a hotel and...more

A New Era For Labor Relations? Fisher Phillips Lawyers Predict Fate Of Top 10 Key Issues

by Fisher Phillips on

Among the most crucial federal agencies undergoing a transformation under the new presidential administration is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). During the eight years of the Obama administration, with the Board...more

Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects Workplace Recording Bans

by Fisher Phillips on

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the second federal appeals court this year to hold that an employer’s rule prohibiting recording in the workplace violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a July 25...more

Seventh Circuit Sends Police Officers’ Off-Duty BlackBerry Claims to Spam Folder

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers often grapple with what to do when their policies prohibit off-duty work, like working on mobile devices after hours, that employees don’t follow. Even if it has a policy prohibiting off-duty work, if the employer...more

Divided NLRB Rules Employer Policy Protecting Customer Information Is Lawful

Employers can prohibit the use by employees of the names, social security numbers and credit card numbers of customers in furtherance of organizational activities. If this seems like it should have been a foregone conclusion,...more

In the First Case of its Kind, Court Rules Federal Law Does Not Trump Employee Protections under State Medical Marijuana Law

by Littler on

Employers nationwide take note: if your workplace drug and alcohol-testing policies take a zero tolerance approach to medical marijuana because the use, distribution, or possession of marijuana is unlawful under federal law,...more

California Court Confirms that Vacation Accrual Can Be Restricted for New Employees

Employers seeking to limit the vacation accrual of new employees just received some welcome news. The California Court of Appeal reaffirmed that California law does not prohibit employers from imposing a waiting period...more

Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 3rd, the 8th Circuit held that disparaging statements made by Jimmy John’s employees in a labor dispute were not entitled to National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “The Act”) protections – because the actions were...more

“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

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Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....more

Employers May Wish to Update Electronic Access Policies to Assure Access to Employee's Emails with Counsel - New York Appellate...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In most states, it is fairly clear that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between an employee and the employee's personal lawyer if the communications are made using the employer's email system and if...more

Sobering Results: Recent Study Suggests Drug Use Is Up Among American Workers

A recent study conducted by the drug testing company Quest Diagnostics indicates that the rate of positive drug test results among the U.S. workforce is at a 12-year high, driven by increased cocaine, amphetamines, and...more

The Italian Data Protection Authority restricts the monitoring of employees’ internet access and e-mail use

by Bryan Cave on

The Italian Data Protection Authority (“IDPA”) issued its first decision interpreting the amended Section 4 of the “Workers’ Bill of Rights,” concerning the monitoring of employees’ internet access and e-mail use. In...more

Labour and Employment Alert: SCC Finds No Discrimination for Terminating Employee in Alberta Drug Addiction Case

by Field Law on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. and upheld the Alberta Court of Appeal’s ruling that an employer can terminate an employee for breaching a drug and...more

Rhode Island Superior Court Rules on Job Applicant's Medical Marijuana Use

by Littler on

In a case of first impression in the state, the Rhode Island Superior Court recently ruled an employer is prohibited from refusing to hire a prospective employee because the employee would potentially fail a pre-employment...more

Off-Duty Employees Had Right to "Hang Out" on Employer's Property to Publicize Dispute

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An administrative law judge recently ruled that a Pacific Northwest fast food chain violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by maintaining a policy that prohibited off-duty employees from loitering or “hanging out”...more

Rhode Island Company Liable for Refusing to Hire Marijuana User – Is Massachusetts Next?

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

On May 23rd, the Rhode Island Superior Court ruled that a local company is guilty of discriminating against a prospective employee for refusing to hire the employee because the employee actively used medical marijuana...more

Employer’s Refusal To Hire Medical Marijuana User Violates State Law, Rhode Island State Court Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers cannot refuse to hire a medical marijuana cardholder, even if the individual admittedly would not pass the employer’s pre-employment drug test required of all applicants, a Rhode Island state court has held under...more

The EEOC Shoots At A Fish In The Proverbial Staffing Firm Barrel

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a case filed May 8 in federal court in New Jersey, the EEOC sued an IT staffing firm for age discrimination on behalf of a candidate seeking placement into an position with one of the firm’s clients....more

Puerto Rico Employers Brace for New Right to Religious Freedom Accommodation Requests

by Littler on

Earlier this year, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act”). While the Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, it also...more

Licensed Medical Marijuana Caregiver’s Termination For Selling Drugs At Work Was Not Age Discrimination

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Michigan dismissed the age discrimination claim of a licensed medical marijuana caregiver who was terminated in connection with an investigation into drug activity at work. Henry v. Outback Steakhouse of...more

US: Guns at Work: The Implications of the Fifth Circuit’s Recent Decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

by Dentons on

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation casts new doubt on the enforceability of employer policies prohibiting employees from carrying firearms onto...more

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

by Littler on

On March 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The...more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the banning of headscarves in the workplace

by Dentons on

Two highly anticipated cases involving the legality of banning headscarves in the workplace were decided by the ECJ this week. Achbita and anor v. G4S Secure Solutions NV (Case C-157/15) involved a company that...more

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