Topic: employee rights

Politics in the Workplace: What Are the Rules?

The presidential election is less than three weeks away, but it could be a looong three weeks for employers and HR managers. Nicole Jeong of law firm Morrison & Foerster explains: “[B]ecause many of the issues at the forefront of these elections can be deeply personal since they deal with race, class, gender, sexual orientation,… Read more »

Employment Law Roundup: EEOC Priorities, Non-Competes, Work Travel, Form I-9, ADA, Outsourcing 401(k)s, More

For your reference, a roundup of recent updates and advisories on JD Supra spanning the broad range of labor and employment law issues that arise in the workplace: “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain. Looks like we missed our window of opportunity to sign this labor agreement, so we’re in for a long wait…”… Read more »

5 Rights of Every Employee

“… the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)] stated that it received 99,947 discrimination charges against private sector employers in FY 2011… Charges alleging retaliation under all of the statutes the EEOC enforces accounted for the highest overall percentage of private sector complaints received (37.4%), followed closely by race discrimination complaints (35.4%). Claims of religious discrimination,… Read more »

It’s Official – Federal Court Says the NLRB Poster Stays Down

[Link: NLRB Posting Rule Delayed Again, Will We Ever See Resolution? – LXBN] On April 17, 2012, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an emergency injunction blocking the implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s much-debated poster rule. The reason: too many issues to sort through before the planned April… Read more »

Doc of the Day: Just Because Your Employees Telecommute Doesn’t Mean You Get a Free Pass on Wage-Hour Laws

Fisher & Phillips reminds employers that offering workplace flexibility options to their employees — telecommuting, atypical hours, alternative work patterns, for example — does not give them a pass on complying with wage and hour laws: “Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act alone, thorny issues are presented by employees who spend less worktime on-premises… Read more »

Social Media Policies: Is Your Procrastination Putting Your Company at Risk?

“As we know, the (communication) revolution will be more than ‘televised’ because it is posted, liked, blogged, tweeted and linked, anytime, anywhere.” (Social Media and the Workplace: Virtual Worlds and Legal Realities in 2011 by Luce Forward) Think your employees aren’t on Twitter (or Facebook, LinkedIn, or any of the countless other social media and networking platforms)?… Read more »

Religion in the Workplace: More Than Just Faith in the System

“…it is not necessary to get into theological debates when asked for a religious accommodation. This is the case even if the employee’s belief seems ‘ridiculous’ to the employer.” For your reference, here are a handful recent law firm updates covering the myriad issues around religious discrimination in the workplace. Do you know how to… Read more »

Employee Handbooks: 7 Tips to Getting Yours Done

“Every employee receives the same information about the rules of the workplace; employees know what is expected from them and what they can expect from the business. Having an employee handbook also may get offer legal protection if an employee later files an employment claim against the business…” Culled from lawyers and law firms writing… Read more »

Okay For Employees to Steal Trade Secrets? Apparently Yes, Sometimes It Is

Here’s an interesting employment update from law firm Fisher & Phillips to do with a case (Joyce Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation) in which the New Jersey Supreme Court “addressed the question of whether an employee may take confidential documents from his or her employer for the purpose of helping in the prosecution of a discrimination… Read more »

Employment Background Checks: Two HR Law Updates

FYI: here are two recent legal updates looking at the tricky issues surrounding employee background checks – what you can look for, what’s out of bounds. The first piece of commentary, by law firm Fisher & Phillips, looks at the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 19, 2011, decision in NASA v. Nelson, with privacy implications that… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: A Legal Update

For your reference, here’s a reading list of the most recent articles on JD Supra to help you stay abreast of the myriad legal considerations raised by social media in the workplace. (See archives of previous reading lists at bottom of post.) » – Social Media Use Policies – Fact Versus Fiction (by Miller & Martin… Read more »