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The City That Never Works (Outside Normal Working Hours): NYC Proposes Right To Disconnect Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: “Thank you for your email, I will be out of the office from….” New York City employers might soon be seeing a lot more of these “out-of-office” emails from their employees if a recently proposed “Right to...more

Maine Recreational Marijuana Statute Answers Some Questions For Employers But Raises Others

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

After more than a year of political wrangling, on May 2, 2018, the Maine Legislature overrode a second veto by Governor LePage and enacted the Marijuana Legalization Act. ...more

Labor Board Back to Five Member Composition – What Obama-Era Precedent Is Next on the Chopping Block?

On April 11, 2018, former management lawyer John Ring was confirmed via a 50-48 party-line vote to serve on the five-member National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). Ring will replace Chairman Marvin Kaplan, another member of...more

Unplug: Will Employees Soon Have The “Right to Disconnect?”

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

If a proposed law is enacted by the New York City Council, employers would be prohibited from requiring employees to check and respond to email or other electronic communications during non-work hours. The bill allows for...more

It’s High Time to Update Your Marijuana Policies

The legalization of recreational use of marijuana in several states, including California, has left many employment policies vague and confused. This article offers insights to questions every employer should be asking in...more

Time to Put Down that Smartphone? – Proposed Bill Would Give NYC Employees a Right to Disconnect from Work

Given the ever-increasing reliance on digital technology, employees are more and more tethered to their smartphones – checking email during their commute, at the dinner table, and even from their beds – essentially creating a...more

Budding Development: States Requiring Employers To Tolerate Medical Cannabis Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Can employers deny employment to people who use cannabis under a medical prescription authorized by state law? In more and more states, the answer is now “No.”...more

Pulling the Plug: New York City Bill Would Give Workers the “Right to Disconnect”

It is now the norm to see passersby glued to their phones as they make their morning trek into work. And when those employees head home, they are often unable to “leave work at the office” as they continue to respond to...more

Raging Bull: Getting Beat Up On Glassdoor?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Even if bad Glassdoor reviews have you feeling like you need to fight back, employers should stay out of the ring, and instead implement social media policies that clearly define prohibited behavior and...more

Philly Off-Duty Employee Did WHAT? Some Tips So Employer Doesn’t Step in It, Too

by FordHarrison on

For the first time since 1960, the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Inspired play from backup quarterback Nick Foles and some gutsy moves from coach Doug Pederson propelled the Eagles past the favored Patriots in...more

Maine Prohibits Employers From Discrimination Based on Off-Duty Marijuana Use

In 2016, Maine voters approved a referendum that legalizes use of recreational marijuana in the state. Among other things, the referendum prohibits employers from discrimination against employees based on off-duty marijuana...more

The Road To FLSA Litigation Is Often Paved With Good Intentions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Even as FLSA litigation has surged to historic highs, it is rare to see a nefarious violation of the Act by a manager or supervisor. Far more prevalent, it seems, are stories of managers who, while intending to afford...more

WPI State of the States: State Legislatures are Back in Business

by Littler on

The majority of state legislatures are back in session, wasting no time considering new labor and employment measures. More than 600 state and local bills governing workplace issues were introduced or actively evaluated in...more

Maine Employees Now Protected From Repercussions Of Off-Duty Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved “Question 1 – An Act to Legalize Marijuana” (“the Act”), which allows for, among other things, the recreational use of marijuana. The Act contains within it an...more

Maine Employers Must Ignore Off-Work Marijuana Use, Cease Testing Applicants

by Littler on

On February 1, 2018, Maine will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to protect workers from adverse employment action based on their use of marijuana and marijuana products, provided the use occurs away from the...more

Working Wise: Marijuana Laws and Employee Protections

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode, we highlight considerations for employers as marijuana laws continue to evolve around the country -- testing challenges; state protections from employer discrimination for off-duty use; on-duty versus...more

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

Data Protection Alert - How data protection impacts labor law

One of the aspects of digitalization is that it blurs the lines between personal and professional lives of employees. Such acknowledgement is reflected in EU and French laws, notably with regard to teleworking and the right...more

A “Smoky” Legal Issue for 2018 – Medical/Recreational Marijuana In the “Workplace”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, there are many states, and a few cities, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana – creating challenges for employers, as these laws “sprout up” (pun...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

Way to Get Fired Number 4,527: Posting A Picture of Yourself Flipping Off the President

In a prior blog post, we discussed whether a private employer can terminate an employee for protesting. This week, we have another example of “off-duty employee” conduct that may result in them standing in the unemployment...more

Protected Conduct or Hate Speech? Managing Diverse Viewpoints in the Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent events have underscored the difficulties employers face in managing diverse workforces in which employees hold a wide-range of political perspectives. The mere discussion of the news of the day can create divisive...more

Court Lays Out Guidance For Ensuring Hourly Workers Are Paid For Off-Duty Work

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Addressing an employment issue of interest in an increasingly digital world, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over lower federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin­­) recently upheld a...more

Seventh Circuit case demonstrates value of good time reporting procedures

by McAfee & Taft on

Police officers in the Chicago Police Department claimed in a recent case that they were not compensated for work they performed on their mobile electronic devices — specifically, their BlackBerrys — while off-duty. A total...more

Executives Behaving Badly: Can CEO Be Fired For Kathy Griffin Hate Speech?

by Lewitt Hackman on

Neighbors don’t always get along – not even affluent neighbors living in exclusive gated communities in Bel-Air. This was proven most recently, when the Huffington Post released security camera audio of Jeffrey Mezger...more

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