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Employee’s Refusal To Take Drug Test Could Not Support Age And Gender Discrimination Claims

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal court in Massachusetts dismissed the age and gender discrimination claims of a long-term employee who was fired after he refused to take a “reasonable suspicion” drug test. Tombeno v. FedEx Corporate Services, Inc.,...more

Investigating Sexual Assault in the Workplace—A Cautionary Tale

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Sexual harassment in the workplace continues to be a top legal risk for employers, especially in the context of the #metoo movement. Employers have a duty to investigate and promptly deal with allegations of harassment in the...more

What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

“What did I do wrong?” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. This is the twelfth in a series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

Washington Post: Trump Administration to Announce the End to TPS for El Salvador

The Washington Post reported earlier today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke will announce the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, with a...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement in Employee Handbook

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a court's decision finding an arbitration agreement is valid and enforceable even when located in an employee handbook containing a general disclaimer that the handbook is...more

Courts Continue To Grapple With Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

When is it safe to terminate an employee who has exhausted (or is ineligible for) Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, but who is unable to return to work? This question continues to confound employers, and has been the...more

Mississippi Court Dismisses Multiple Claims in Distributor Termination Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 15, 2017, a Mississippi trial court issued a series of orders dismissing a substantial number of the claims brought in Rex Distributing Company v. Anheuser-Busch et al., 2nd Cir. Court No. 24C11:17-cv-00033...more

When the Clock Strikes Twelve on FMLA Leave

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Employers often assume that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows them to terminate employees who fail to return to work after any leave that has a specified end date, or who have exhausted their leave. Depending on...more

Employment Law - December 2017 #2

NLRB’s Noteworthy Developments - Recent decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) find the board overturning two of its previously established standards. The NLRB overturned its standard for assessing the...more

Supreme Court's Upcoming Whistleblower Decision May Dramatically Impact Compliance Programs

by BakerHostetler on

On November 28, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether whistleblowers are entitled to protection from retaliation under Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

What's Next Now that Mandatory EPM and Cardiac Rehabilitation Payment Models Have Been Terminated?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

CMS released its Final Rule canceling the Episode Payment Model (EPM) and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model (CR Incentive Payment Model). This was an expected result following August's proposed rule to cancel...more

Employee Quits and Then Slips: Covered Under Workers’ Comp or Not?

Is an employee who quits her job then injures herself before she gets out the door still covered by workers’ comp? In a recent Tennessee case of first impression, the court ruled that after an employee says “I quit,” the...more

Don’t “Shoot Your Eye Out” Defending Unemployment Benefits Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The ordinary headaches of responding to unemployment claims with the EDD do not have to bog down employers in 2018. Here, we provide recommendations for managers to consider before the ball drops in Times...more

Does The ADA Require An Employer To Extend A Leave Taken Under The FMLA?

by Roetzel & Andress on

Are you an employer who must provide benefits to employees under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) because you have had 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks during the past year? If so, do you sometimes get...more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

Rescinding Termination May Not Defeat Retaliation Claim

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Proving that non-economic damages and perhaps attorney’s fees are driving forces in litigation, constructive discharge clams were asserted and survived summary judgment in a federal district court action in Oregon. The...more

I-21 – Sexual Harassment (Still), Political Tweeting, and Intersectional Discrimination

by Cozen O'Connor on

Good faith and timing means everything in employment law. This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update from DC, discusses questions employers should be asking in today’s climate of troubling sexual harassment news,...more

The Rollback of Immunity for Healthcare Institutions under Mahmoodian

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals could significantly increase the potential for litigation arising from adverse privileging decisions by healthcare institutions in the state. Under the Court’s...more

“Brute Reason” or Lack of Nuance: Seventh Circuit’s Twin Holdings That a Long Term Leave is Not a Reasonable Accommodation May...

In one of his more pithy lines, Oscar Wilde wrote, “I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of...more

Extending Leave Was Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA Where There Was A Lack Of “Certainty” About Return To Work Date

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While employers generally accept that they cannot apply a maximum leave period after which employees are automatically terminated, they continue to struggle with how much leave must be provided as a form of accommodation...more

Another One Bites the Dust

Matt Lauer, a staple of morning television, was terminated by NBC today for sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct in the workplace. While the details have yet to emerge, it appears that NBC acted quickly to end Lauer’s...more

Beware of FMLA Return-From-Leave Pitfalls

by Hogan Lovells on

Employers generally assume, correctly, that an employee who fails to report for duty at the end of an FMLA leave with a specified end date can be terminated. ...more

Prior Entitlement To FMLA Leave Is Not A Free Ticket To Miss Work For Non-FMLA Covered Reasons

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently upheld an employer’s decision to terminate an employee under its policy against excessive absenteeism, in spite of the fact that the former employee had...more

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

Farewell to Malcom Young and Disparaging the Wells Fargo Settlement

by Thomas Fox on

Emily Glazer and Allison Prang, reporting in a Wall Street Journal piece, entitled “Wells Fargo Fires a Top Official”, wrote about the termination of a 23 year company employee, Franklin Codel, who was the head of consumer...more

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