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Hiring & Firing Protected Concerted Activity Employer Liability Issues

Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and... more +
Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -

Thorough Employer Investigation Helps Establish Employer’s “Honest Belief” of Employees’ Picket Line Misconduct

The Board is now operating at a full complement and is issuing decisions on a fairly regular basis. Nothing earth shattering in terms of law (which is kind of a relief) but there are some interesting issues worth discussing....more

NLRB Finds Cocktail Waitress Was Illegally Fired For Voicing Workplace Complaints

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB affirms ALJ’s ruling finding that a cocktail bar waitress was illegally fired for voicing workplace concerns during a staff meeting....more

Employee’s Improper Access To Secured Area Outweighs Right To Engage In Concerted Activity, NLRB Finds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The National Labor Relations Board has held that an employee lost the protection of the National Labor Relations Act when he improperly accessed a secure area of the employer’s hotel, even though he did so in order to engage...more

Impulse Control? NLRB Finds Employee’s Misconduct To Be Deliberate and “Predetermined” and Not Protected

The past few weeks on the Labor Board front have been fairly routine, save for, of course, the high drama associated with the NLRB reversing its own decision (lest anyone think this is a super significant development,...more

NRLB Rules on Google’s Firing of Outspoken Engineer

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A recently released NLRB memo has concluded that Google did not break any labor laws when they fired James Damore. Damore, a senior software engineer, was fired in August after writing and circulating an internal memo that...more

Be Careful What You Say: Not Everything’s O.K.

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) makes it unlawful to terminate an employee who engages in concerted, protected activity, which generally means that you can say, object and complain, and offer suggestions to your...more

Employee Social Media and Employee Discipline – Caution

by Ruder Ware on

A number of companies have adopted social media policies that address the types of things employees can post on social media even if it is the employee’s private social media page. While companies have the right to protect...more

Considering Offering Severance Pay in Exchange for Certain Post-Employment Obligations? Think Again.

An employer violated employee’s labor rights by offering her a separation agreement that contained unlawful terms ruled a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) administrative law judge (“ALJ”) in Baylor Univ. Med. Ctr.,...more

Termination For Social Media Activity May Result In Unemployment Compensation Benefits

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. Our Company just terminated an employee for a social media post that was in violation of our social media policy. Will she be entitled to unemployment compensation benefits? ...more

“Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”: How to get yourself fired for a Facebook post

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Social media has created a minefield of concerns for both employees and employers. The news is full of stories of employees documenting their questionable off-duty conduct on social media, or posting comments containing...more

Dallas Cowboys Controversy Highlights Trap for Union and Non-Union Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones publicly announced recently that he would bench any player who kneels during the national anthem. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, the flap momentarily diverted my attention from the Cowboys’...more

I-15 – Turning the Table: An Interview with the Podcast Host on Protected Employee Activity

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode replays an interview of the podcast host, Mike Schmidt, that was originally aired on SiriusXM Channel 111, The Business Channel. Mike discusses the nature of adverse actions taken by employers due to employee...more

Racism in Your Spare Time: What Are The Legal Limits for Employers?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Saturday, August 12, as the nation watched, protests in Charlottesville, Virginia regarding the anticipated removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee turned deadly. In the days and weeks after, both the...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

Google and Charlottesville Events Raise Questions for Companies Regarding Employee Political Views

Two recent major news stories again involve the intersection of politics with employment law. In the first matter, Google fired a programmer after he posted an internal document criticizing the company’s diversity...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

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

Fired Google Manifesto Author Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge: Did He Engage In Protected Activity?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A Google engineer was fired last week after circulating a 3,000 word memorandum, among other things, criticizing the tech giant’s approach to diversity issues and questioning the root causes of the industry’s gender gaps. He...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For July 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

1.The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Marvin Kaplan to one of two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board on August 2, 2017. Kaplan was sworn in on August 10. Kaplan is a former counsel to the Commissioner of the...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

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

Labor Board Finds Employer Guilty Of “Textual Harassment” - Manager’s Text Message During Union Campaign Deemed Unlawful...

by Fisher Phillips on

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked a pointed question via text message...more

Politics in the Workplace

by Baker Donelson on

Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

Employer Cannot Fire Employees For Obscenity-Laced Facebook Posts During Union Organizing Campaign

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects employees who engage in concerted activities for purposes of collective bargaining or for mutual aid and protection. How far that protection extends was tested in NLRB v....more

Oh F**k: Employee’s Profane Facebook Post is Protected Activity

On April 21, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) ruling that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Act) when it discharged a catering...more

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