If you are near or above the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act's 100-employee threshold, and you are considering closing a plant or laying off a large number of employees, check with employment counsel to determine whether the WARN Act will be triggered, and, if so, what specific notices you must provide and to whom.Read More
Make no mistake, this ruling is a huge victory for employers. This case limits vicarious liability only to those who are in an actual position to affect the plaintiff's terms and conditions of employment.Read More
Social media is informal and instantaneous. Employees often post before they think about the implications of what they are posting. A policy statement on this issue could save you a headache in a disability discrimination lawsuit down the road.Read More
If you permit one employee to share his or her religious views in the workplace, you will have a difficult time disciplining or terminating another for the same reason. Employers and their employees should keep religion where it belongs—in the home and in places of worship.Read More
Conventional wisdom has been that normal, run-of-the-mill obesity, unlinked to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, is not a disability protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This decision by the AMA, however, will likely flip that conventional wisdom on its head.Read More
Here is our issue in a nutshell: we have a close-knit office and some employees have questioned the fairness of 360 feedback, since there is no way of knowing who says what about whom. What should we do?
—Stuck in the Middle, HR manager, health care services, Boise, Idaho
Just because an employee posed nude for money in his 20s does not mean that he is comfortable with it becoming a workplace joke in his 40s. If an employee complains, the company has an obligation to investigate and take reasonable measure to stop the harassing behavior from continuing.Read More
I think it's fair to say that the sun in quickly setting on the use of unpaid internships in corporate America.Read More
It seems to me that some companies are looking for the magical fairy dust that will make the Affordable Care Act compliance issues go away.
A federal court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who were unpaid interns for Fox Searchlight Inc. during the company's production of the film 'Black Swan,' deciding they should have been paid for their services. Read More