Document(s) published by this organization: 78
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|One-Time Anomaly Or Potential Turning Of The Tides? A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2014-2015 Term|
Marci E. Britt; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 7, 2015, previously published on August 3, 2015In a marked departure from the overwhelming success employers experienced before the Supreme Court in recent years, the less successful recently wrapped 2014-2015 term could be an indication that the judicial tides may be shifting against management. Of the six major decisions falling within the...
|The Case Of GINA And The "Devious Defecator"|
John W. Stapleton; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 7, 2015, previously published on August 3, 2015In a case dubbed “the mystery of the devious defecator” by a Georgia federal district judge, an Atlanta jury recently awarded a $2.2 million verdict against a company that requested DNA samples from two workers in an attempt to identify who had been leaving feces around the workplace.
|Washington Employers Must Pay Piece Rate Workers Additional Rest Break Compensation|
Catharine M. Morisset; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 5, 2015, previously published on July 23, 2015With some limited exceptions, Washington State wage and hour rules require that workers receive a paid 10 minute rest break for every four hours worked. The Washington Supreme Court has now expanded employer obligations in this regard by ruling that employers must pay piece rate workers additional...
|Is Your Health Plan HIPAA Compliant?|
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 4, 2015, previously published on August 3, 2015Data breaches with respect to medical information are on the rise, given that such information is generally more valuable on the black market than stolen credit card data. The 2015 breach of healthcare company Anthem, Inc., which saw over 37.5 million records exposed, affected one in four...
|The ACA Is (Apparently) Here To Stay: What Employers Need To Know|
Jeffrey D. Smith; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
August 4, 2015, previously published on August 3, 2015Now that the Supreme Court has, for the second time, upheld a major portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it might be a good time to review your practices to ensure you are in compliance. The ACA’s new concept of what it means to be a full-time employee can significantly change how you...
|New California Law Expands Retaliation Coverage|
Lizbeth Ochoa; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 21, 2015On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law AB 987, amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to reflect what many already believed to be the law: employers and other covered entities cannot retaliate against employees or other persons who request a religious accommodation...
|Evaluating The Impact of USDOL's Salary Proposal|
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 10, 2015The U.S. Labor Department has of course proposed a substantial increase in the minimum salary amount required to meet the basic compensation criterion for an executive, administrative, professional, or a derivative exemption under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1).
|California Enacts "Fix-It" Legislation to Cure Ills of Paid Sick Leave Law|
John T. Lai, James J. McDonald; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 15, 2015, previously published on July 14, 2015California’s paid sick leave law went into effect on July 1, 2015, but soon found itself in the emergency room with many unpleasant side effects. On July 13, Governor Brown signed AB 304 into law, which fixes many of the defects and ambiguities in the original law (AB 1522) that confounded...
|New Guidance On Wellness Programs|
Mathew A. Parker; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 6, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued proposed new rules clarifying its stance on the interplay between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and employer wellness programs. Officially called a “notice of proposed rulemaking” or NPRM, the new rules...
|Will Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?|
Claud L. (Tex) McIver; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer.