Topic: Discrimination in the Workplace

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Latest I-9 forms, ADAAA rulings, NLRB developments, new state laws and federal regulations … keeping up with the myriad legal requirements of managing your employees can be challenging for the best of us. This roundup of recent employment law updates should help: The “Employee Tricked Me Into Firing Her” Defense (Cozen O’Connor): “The NLRB continues… Read more »

Don’t Do These 3 Things to Your Workers (If You Want to Avoid EEOC Scrutiny)

For business owners, attracting attention is generally a good thing. Except when it’s from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… Kelly Kolb of law firm Fowler White Boggs reports on the issues guaranteed to generate scrutiny from attorneys at the EEOC, as recently outlined by the agency’s top lawyer, P. David Lopez: 1. Improper use of… Read more »

[Poll] March May Be Over, But NCAA Office Pool Madness Continues…

First, who’s going to win? Now, can employers get into legal trouble for March Madness betting pools organized by their employees? Absolutely, write Joanna Rich and Salvador Simao of law firm FordHarrison: “March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to many; however, permitting such… Read more »

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new for employers? Plenty. Like gender discrimination lawsuits, EEOC investigations, Facebook firings, FMLA developments, employment visa news, whistleblower claims, healthcare reform, and much more. For your information, here’s a roundup of recent employment law updates from lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: Second Circuit Vindicates Concepcion in Gender Discrimination Case (Sedgwick LLP): “In… Read more »

NYC Bans “Unemployment” Discrimination – What Does This Actually Mean for Employers?

“New York City will soon become one of only a handful of jurisdictions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘unemployment’ status and, in doing so, has adopted arguably the most stringent such law in the United States.” (Ogletree Deakins) Earlier this month, the New York City Council amended the city’s Human Rights Law to include… Read more »

In The Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Keeping track of the latest developments in labor and employment law can be challenging for employers and HR managers. What to know? Health care reforms, revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act, judicial interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, to be sure. But also textual harassment, workplace investigations, internships, working interviews, and much… Read more »

Do Your Employees Telecommute? You Should Know…

“Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace to all employees, even employees working at home…” (Eric Uhl, Fisher & Phillips) Telecommuting may provide companies with a number of benefits, but it’s not without legal risk. Here are five issues to consider: 1. Wage and hour laws: “While telecommuting may appear to be a terrific… Read more »

5 Hiring Best Practices

The good news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees. The bad news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees… These five best practices may help. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: 1. Don’t make promises you can’t keep: “Do not use terms such as ‘guaranteed’ or… Read more »

5 Tips for Managing Workplace Romance Risks

[Video: Do ‘Love Contracts’ Ease the Risks of Office Relationships?] We’re very happy for both of you. Now if you’ll please sign this “love contract,” you can get back to work… Valentine’s Day may be upon us, but office romance poses significant challenges to employers all year long. What to do? Suggestions, from employment lawyers… Read more »

Workplace Issues: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Employee social media use, overtime laws, worker classification rules, workplace discrimination, union bargaining, confidentiality, H1-B visas, noncompetes, and employee handbooks … but a few of the issues in this latest roundup of commentary and analysis from labor and employment attorneys on JD Supra. For your reference: The NLRB’s Year In Numbers: FY 2012 (Franczek Radelet… Read more »

Are Vegans Protected in the Workplace?

Here’s something to chew on: are vegans protected for their beliefs in the workplace? Thanks to a recent federal court ruling, we should be able to find out. The background, from labor attorney Maria Greco Danaher of law firm Ogletree Deakins: “Sakile Chenzira, a confirmed vegan, was … was allowed to forego [for more than… Read more »

Commissioner @ChaiFeldblum Offers Her Perspective on the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan

From the Corporate Law Report, the first of what we hope will be many insightful pieces on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and US labor law from Chai Feldblum, EEOC Commissioner and former Georgetown Law professor: “The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enters the New Year with the wind at its back. Following the enactment… Read more »

Fired for Being Too Attractive? Iowa Supreme Court Says It’s Legal

“Christmas came a few days early for Iowan employers, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a male employer acted legally when he fired a female employee because he had become irresistibly attracted to her – a situation the employer’s wife, also an employee, found objectionable.” (Mintz Levin) Melissa Nelson had been Dr. James Knight’s… Read more »

Workplace Issues: Latest Need- to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new in the world of employment law? Quite a bit, actually: employee privacy, ADA and ADAAA issues, theft of trade secrets, vacation policies, ERISA-related matters, social media in the workplace, FMLA leave, right-to-work laws, NLRB and EEOC activity, E-verify laws, wage-hour issues, background check approvals, and much more. Here’s a roundup of recent labor and… Read more »

New Year Brings New California Employment Laws

California employers and HR managers take note: the winds of change are blowing in your state, and they’re headed right for your employment practices… On January 1, 2013, a broad range of new and revised labor regulations go into effect. Here’s a look at nine of them: 1. Written contracts for employees on commission: “Beginning… Read more »