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HTMLFederal Court Dismissal of EEOC Suit Leaves Employers Hanging
Janet A. Hendrick, Jaklyn Wrigley; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
In a closely watched ruling, an Illinois federal district court handed a victory to one particular employer, but ducked a broader ruling that would have provided general guidance to companies generally that are trying to avoid litigation by entering into severance agreements with employees.

 

HTMLUSDOL Defers Enforcement Action On "Companionship" Changes
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 13, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014
For some time now, we have followed the U.S. Labor Department's efforts to curtail the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(15) "companionship" exemption. Those efforts culminated in a Final Rule published in October 2013. The revisions will effectively eliminate the exemption...

 

HTMLThe Chicken Or The Egg?
Tillman Y. Coffey; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
You finally decided to take the long overdue disciplinary action. Jack has got to be disciplined. But just before you do, Jack, possibly sensing what’s about to happen, makes a complaint of harassment. This is the first you’ve heard of this problem. Is the complaint legitimate? What do...

 

HTMLUnemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?”

 

HTMLWhen Employees Solve Problems With Their Fists
Michael P. Elkon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 10, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014
Generally speaking, human resources professionals and business executives have become quite adept at dealing with employee claims for illegal harassment. For example, just about any HR manager can provide a definition of a “hostile work environment.” Likewise, HR managers are keenly...

 

HTMLOSHA Announces Final Rule On Recordkeeping Dramatically Increases Employers' Reporting Requirements Which OSHA Will Make Public
Lauren M. Claycomb, Todd B. Logsdon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014
On September 18, 2014, OSHA published its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, makes several important changes that significantly expands reporting requirements for all employers while publishing the...

 

HTMLTouted Developments Contradict Rationales For Minimum-Wage Increase (Updated 09 14 14)
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014
A White House report has extoled wage-rate increases by "state legislatures and governors; mayors, county executives and city councils; and business leaders" as supposedly being compelling reasons to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. A flood of...

 

HTMLCourt Denies Extraterritorial Application of the Dodd-Frank Act's Whistleblowing Provisions
Celia M. Joseph; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014
On August 14, 2014, in Liu Meng-Lin v. Siemens AG, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously held that the whistleblowing provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“the Dodd-Frank Act”), does not...

 

HTMLTexting For Business On Personal Cell Phones
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014
In the last few years, many industries and companies have been coming to grips with the problems posed by employees using their personal phones, tablets, or laptops for business uses. The recognition of the need to develop policies for these devices likely started when smart phones other than...

 

HTMLNew California Law Entitles Employees To Paid Sick Leave
Bethanie E. Barnes; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 12, 2014, previously published on September 10, 2014
On September 10, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.” This law will require California employers to grant employees, including some part-time and temporary employees, at least three paid sick days each year.

 


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