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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 -

Timing Is Everything: FMLA Claim Survives Summary Judgment Where Employer Began Auditing Employee’s Records The Day After FMLA...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employees requesting, currently taking, or just returning from leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) can be terminated for legitimate reasons that are unrelated to their FMLA leave. This point is exemplified...more

Yoga and Massage Therapist Fired for Being “Too Cute” Sees Gender Discrimination Revived on Grounds of Unjustified Spousal...

A New York appeals court recently ruled in Edwards v. Nicolai (153 A.D.3d 440 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep’t 2017)) that an employment termination motivated by the sexual jealousy of an employer’s spouse may support a claim for...more

Ontario Court Rules Working Notice Wrongly Applied in Mass Termination Class Action

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Superior Court) recently granted summary judgment in favour of a class of employees who were part of a “mass termination” following a business closure. The Superior Court’s decision in...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

Employer ADA Test Conundrum? Seventh Circuit Flip Flops on ADA Accommodation Ruling

by LeClairRyan on

The Seventh Circuit ruled that an employee’s extended medical leave request was “categorically unreasonable” under the ADA. However, what should an employer do when one of the Seventh circuit judges writes that prior decision...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That The ADA Is Still Not A Leave Statute

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 17, 2017, on the heels of its landmark decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in its unpublished opinion in Golden v. Indianapolis...more

No Fingerprinting as a Religious Accommodation? Yes, Says Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

You wouldn’t think that fingerprinting would be brought into the world of religious accommodations. After all, the importance of background checks cannot be denied, particularly when the prospective employee is going to...more

Wal-Mart Manager Terminated for Alleged Drug Abuse Files ADA Disability Bias Claim

Last Monday, former Wal-Mart manager Kathryn Silva filed an ADA disability bias claim in the Middle District of Pennsylvania that alleged Wal-Mart terminated her because she refused to sign a “last chance agreement.” The...more

7 Steps To Sever Ties With An Employed Physician

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It is always unpleasant for a healthcare entity or medical practice to have to sever ties with an employed physician, but it is sometimes necessary. Perhaps the physician has committed serious policy violations or lost an...more

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

Radical Candor in the Workplace: How “Being Nice” To Employees May Place You In Legal Jeopardy

by Fisher Phillips on

Is honesty really the best policy at the workplace? Some employers believe that a few little white lies might help them avoid uncomfortable situations and confrontations. It’s common for some to spare an employee’s feelings...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

'Honest Belief' of FMLA Misuse May Defeat Claims

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Pennsylvania) recently handed a victory to employers that struggle with employees who misuse Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave — particularly intermittent FMLA...more

Unfair Dismissal: Can a Disciplinary Investigation Be Too Thorough?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In NHS 24 v Pillar UKEATS/0005/16, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the appropriate scope of an employer’s investigation into alleged misconduct in disciplinary proceedings. Ms Pillar was employed by NHS 24...more

European Court of Human Rights: Monitoring Employee Communications

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) [2017] ECHR 742, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) clarified the right of employers to monitor employees’ private communications in the...more

Italian Labor Courts Admit “WhatsApp” Dismissals

by Bryan Cave on

The Italian Labor Court of Catania (the “Sicilian Court”), with its recent decision of 27 June 2017, ruled for the first time in Italy that employers may notify employees of their dismissals through WhatsApp (a ubiquitous...more

Will France Become More Employer Friendly with Labor Law Reform?

In June 2017, the French government unveiled its plan to renew French social model, such program includes notably reforming employment law, French pension and unemployment insurance systems. As a first step of this...more

Failure to Investigate Not Fatal to Just Cause Termination

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench’s recent decision in Watkins v Willow Park Golf Course, 2017 ABQB 541, centers around a case of a supervisor who developed unreturned romantic feelings for another employee. The case also...more

At last! Not One, But TWO Court Decisions That Scale Back an Employee's Right to Take Additional Leave After FMLA is Exhausted

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

There may not be an issue more difficult in HR land than how to deal with an employee who cannot return to work after FMLA leave expires. Is additional leave beyond 12 weeks required? The answer is almost always ‘yes.’ ...more

Is An “Honest Belief” Of FMLA Misuse Enough For Termination?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q.  Can I discharge an employee if I believe that he or she is misusing FMLA? A.  According to a recent Third Circuit opinion, an employer’s honest belief that its employee misused FMLA leave is sufficient to defeat an...more

I-17 – Engaging Your Employees in Today’s Workplace, Featuring Rick Turner at Whirlpool Corporation

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses how to engage your employees in today’s unique workplace and navigate a multi-jurisdictional set of employment laws. This episode...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects EEOC Position Holding That a "Long-Term Leave of Absence" is Not a Reasonable Accommodation

by Clark Hill PLC on

On September 20, 2017, the Seventh Circuit held a "long-term leave of absence," in addition to 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, is not a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

When You Don't Train Your Managers About the FMLA, You're Begging for This Kind of Smackdown

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

When a manager learns that one of his employees is in the hospital, that’s almost always enough information for the employer to have an inkling that the employee may need FMLA leave. ...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For September 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S....more

Here’s A Tip, Minnesota: Discharging Employees For Refusing To Share Gratuities Is Prohibited

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Discharging an employee for refusing to share tips is illegal under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA), according to the Supreme Court of Minnesota. Burt v. Rackner, Inc., 2017 Minn. LEXIS 629 (Minn. Oct. 11,...more

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