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NLRB Orders Hospital to Reinstate Former Employee Who Shared Staffing Concerns With Media

A recent decision by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge (ALJ) serves as a good reminder that even nonunion employees in healthcare settings are protected by Section 7 of the National Labor...more

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Writing for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, David C. Henderson Analyzes Paid Administrative Leave

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David C. Henderson, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Benefits practice group, published an article in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly that examined the recent U.S....more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

8th Circuit Agrees, Request For Religious Accommodation Is Not Opposition Conduct

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The 8th Circuit recently held that while a request for a religious accommodation may qualify as a protected activity, it is not necessarily “oppositional” so as to give rise to an opposition-clause...more

Polsinelli

No, Stealing Personnel Files Is Not Protected Activity (But the analysis doesn’t end there)

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On November 15, 2018, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Middle District of North Carolina in the case of Netter v. Barnes, et al, upholding dismissal of Netter’s case because her...more

Shipman & Goodwin LLP

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – November, 2018

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Dear Legal Mailbag: One of the teachers in my building is quite involved in political affairs and he regularly posts commentary on his blog. This week, however, I think that he went too far. Originally published in the...more

Fisher Phillips

Appeals Court Rejects Retaliation Claim Based On Religious Accommodation Request

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In a case of first impression, a federal appeals court just found that an applicant’s request for a religious accommodation did not constitute protected activity under Title VII for the purpose of establishing a retaliation...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Human Resources Employee Permitted To Pursue Discharge Claim

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Rather than conduct in breach of an inherent duty of loyalty to the employer, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a human resources representative engaged in protected activity under Title VII of the Civil...more

Proskauer - Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Federal Court Allows SOX Whistleblower Claim To Proceed But Dismisses Dodd-Frank Claim

On October 2, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania federal court denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim, reasoning that Plaintiff sufficiently alleged...more

Michael Volkov

Employees and Political Activity

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It is October in an election year, and political tensions are running high. If political discourse in your place of business has been heated, it may be a good time for a refresher on laws governing what private employers may...more

Littler

Littler Global Guide - Italy - Q3 2018

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Amendment to Data Protection Code Incorporates EU’s GDPR - New Legislation Enacted - As of September 19, 2018, the Italian Data Protection Code has been modified by Legislative Decree no. 101/2018, which implements the...more

Burr & Forman

Eleventh Circuit Finds HR Employee’s Assistance with EEOC Charge Reasonable

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In late September, the Eleventh Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment for Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia, Inc. on race and national origin retaliation claims brought by one of its HR managers. In the split...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Sixth Circuit Denies Review Of Judgment Favoring Former Employee In Retaliation Claim Under The Mine Act

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit recently upheld an administrative decision in favor of a miner’s whistleblower complaint, further underscoring the need for mine operators to implement strong anti-retaliation policies and...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

NLRB Limits Protections For Striking Workers In Consolidated Communications

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Though the NLRA provides robust protections for striking employees, the Board’s decision in Consolidated Communications demonstrates some of the limits of those protections. On October 2, 2018, the NLRB...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The Sixth Circuit Shows That Balancing ADA Obligations With Enforcement Of Workplace Rules Is Far From An Exercise In Futility

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers face a tough challenge in trying to balance their obligations under the ADA with efforts to enforce workplace rules. A recent decision out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth...more

Fisher Phillips

The State Of Play For Retaliation Claims

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It has been two years since the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its enforcement guidance on retaliation and related issues in late August 2016. Since that time, the country elected a new...more

Littler

Hit the Pause Button: The Implications of Recording in the Workplace

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Workplace recordings have made headlines in recent weeks. For example, Omarosa Manigault-Newman publicly played a recording of a meeting with her then-boss, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, to bolster her claim that he...more

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

NLRB Says Facebook Comments About Workplace Safety Remain Protected

Despite changes to the composition of the National Labor Relations Board over the past year, the NLRB’s position with regard to protection of employee social media discussions remains unchanged. Last month, the NLRB affirmed...more

Akerman LLP - HR Defense

NLRB G.C. Issues Guidance on Handbook Rules

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Standard employer workplace policies may once again pass muster, following a Memorandum issued this summer by the NLRB Office of General Counsel. Although Memorandum GC 18-04 is addressed to NLRB personnel, its guidance...more

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The NLRB Continues to Protect Vulgarity in the Workplace

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Just when employers thought they were safe to restrict offensive speech and restore decorum in the workplace, a recent decision by the Board serves as a stark reminder that offensive workplace speech may...more

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

NLRB’s Position on Unions’ Right to Use Employers’ Email Could Change

Another Obama-era National Labor Relations Board policy may be on the ropes. Four years ago, the Board issued its controversial Purple Communications decision. In that case, it determined that employees have the right to...more

Butler Snow LLP

Hospital Not Liable For Retaliatory Discharge

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A recent decision by the Court of Appeals of Tennessee, in which the employer prevailed in a retaliatory discharge claim, demonstrates the importance of (1) maintaining confidentiality of workplace investigations and (2)...more

Poyner Spruill LLP

Fourth Circuit Addresses Question of Employer Knowledge in Title VII Retaliation Suit

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits not only discrimination in employment on the basis of certain protected categories such as race, but also retaliation against an employee who opposes such discrimination....more

Fisher Phillips

Call Me, Maybe? Court Rules that Phone Call to OSHA Constitutes Filing of Whistleblower Complaint

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It might sound crazy, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may now be receiving whistleblower complaints over the phone. This follows a recent ruling from a federal court in Wisconsin, which made it...more

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Wisconsin Supreme Court Provides Guidance to Private Universities on Faculty Discipline and Academic Freedom

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Many private colleges and universities have faculty handbooks and/or collective bargaining agreements that, among other things, establish internal disciplinary procedures and make promises to faculty about academic freedom....more

Proskauer - Whistleblowing & Retaliation

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of SOX Whistleblower Suit

On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal on summary judgment of a SOX whistleblower retaliation claim, concluding that the Plaintiff’s purported belief that the Defendant had...more

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