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USERRA Requires Bonus Payment to Reservist Who Missed Training

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) imposes on employers the strictest requirements of any federal leave law. Reservists, National Guard members, and other employees who leave work for...more

Happy Veterans Day! Celebrate the Benefits of Hiring California Veterans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Countless California employers have found that veterans make outstanding employees. As we approach the Veterans Day holiday, read on for a list of the benefits of hiring veterans, as well as helpful...more

Some Disaster Relief Workers Are Protected Employees under USERRA

Hurricanes. Fires. Floods. Shootings. The evening news seems consistently laden with catastrophe. In times like these, a federal agency called the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) often springs into action. The...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

Hurricane Irma: 10 Challenges for Employers

by Littler on

Hurricane Irma shows no sign of relenting as it barrels toward Florida and the Southeast Coast of the United States. As noted in a prior Littler article about Irma, safety and security are the top priorities at this point....more

Hurricane Ready: 5 Ways Florida Employers Can Prepare for the Next Big Storm

With the peak of hurricane season approaching, the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey fresh in our minds, and Hurricane Irma intensifying in the Atlantic Ocean with a westward path, Florida employers may want to...more

Employer Considerations in the Wake of Devastation

by Jackson Walker on

As businesses resume operations and start the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, they are likely to face a variety of employment related challenges. These are a few of the issues that employers should be prepared to address....more

Hurricane Harvey Deployment - Revisiting Leave Issues

by Winstead PC on

It is important for employers to remember that important employee leave issues may arise in the wake of a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey. Any employer may receive requests for leaves related to Hurricane Harvey and...more

Reparando los Daños: Las Responsabilidades del Empleador como Consecuencia del Huracán Harvey

by Littler on

El huracán Harvey está inundando implacablemente el sureste de Texas y las áreas aledañas, resultando en inundaciones y daños sin precedentes. A medida que la tormenta se agrava, muchos empleadores se han preguntado cómo...more

Picking Up the Pieces: Employer Responsibilities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

by Littler on

Hurricane Harvey is relentlessly drenching southeast Texas and the surrounding areas, resulting in unprecedented flooding and damage. As the storm rages, many employers are wondering how to respond and what happens next....more

Practical Advice for Weathering Pay and Leave Issues Following Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As employers begin to pick up the pieces following Hurricane Harvey, management will likely encounter questions about employee pay, benefits, and leaves of absence during and after this disaster, and may...more

HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit

by FordHarrison on

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting...more

NYC Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) adding current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. The amendment will take...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 2 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the second hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Scenario #2 - A manager of a Chicago, Illinois restaurant calls you regarding a long-term employee...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Broadening USERRA’S Evidentiary Burden For Discrimination Claims

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against members of the U.S. military and imposes various obligations on employers with respect...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof for USERRA Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit held that, in a failure-to-promote USERRA case, plaintiffs need not plead or prove that they are objectively qualified for the position sought in order to meet their initial burden of...more

Virginia Supreme Court Rules Sovereign Immunity Bars Private USERRA Claims Against State Employers in State Court

by Littler on

The Supreme Court of Virginia, in Clark v. Virginia Department of State Police, No. 151857 (Dec. 1. 2016), recently ruled that the doctrine of sovereign immunity barred a private plaintiff’s claim under the Uniformed Services...more

USERRA No Bar to Enforcing Employment Arbitration Agreement, Federal Appeals Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) does not prohibit compelling a former employee to arbitrate his USERRA claims under an arbitration agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Returning Veterans to Work: Reemployment Obligations for Employers under USERRA Vary Based on Length of Service

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against members of the U.S. military and imposes various obligations on employers with respect...more

Minimize the Legal Risks of Layoffs by Careful Consideration of Federal Layoff Laws

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Layoff decisions can be difficult for employers for a number of reasons and it is important for any business to be fully informed when making such decisions. When a company makes a determination that layoffs are necessary,...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Arbitration of USERRA Claims Permissible

by Littler on

In Ziober v. BLB Resources, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18516 (9th Cir., Oct. 14, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined three other circuit courts in holding that the Uniformed Services...more

Preemption Parade: FAA Rolls Over Three State Rules

Lest anyone think that the preemption doctrine in arbitration has gone dormant, today’s cases should set the record straight.  Courts have recently found the FAA preempted state rules in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and...more

Cat’s Paw Theory Of Discrimination Adopted By 2nd Circuit - False Sexting Claims Prove Employer’s Downfall

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal appeals court in New York just adopted a broad standard for employer liability as a consequence of discriminatory acts by their employees. This standard opens the door to a significant increase in claims being...more

Veterans Returning to Work After Military Service May Not Be Discharged Except “For Cause”

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, imposes various obligations on employers with respect to members of the U.S. military returning to their civilian...more

Going For the Gold: How To Legally Recruit The Best Candidates

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This summer the world’s greatest athletes are competing for Olympic gold. In order to win, these athletes must follow a strict set of rules to prevent deductions and disqualifications. When employers compete for the best...more

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