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HTMLTop 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers
Bethanie E. Barnes, John A. Mavros; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
There is much to be learned from 2013. Below are five legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014.

 

HTMLTenth Circuit Rules On "Termination By Committee"
Gregory D. Ballew; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
On January 21, a federal appeals court addressed whether an employee terminated by group decision (six managers) can be considered “similarly situated” to employees who were disciplined less severely by a different decisional group, consisting of some but not all of the same managers.

 

HTMLPartying In The Store
Edward F. Harold, Jaklyn Wrigley; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
The cost of bad behavior in the workplace can be significant and assorted. Bad behavior damages morale, results in a loss to a company’s profits, jeopardizes safety, and diminishes productivity. Use of drugs and alcohol - or partying in the workplace - can greatly contribute to bad behavior.

 

HTMLDistracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?
Jennifer B. Sandberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So just...

 

HTMLCross-Border Employers Must Take Care Before Implementing Drug-and-Alcohol-Testing Policies at Non-U.S. Operations
Danielle S. Urban; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014
Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing, and with some exceptions, are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. The U.S. attitude toward drug testing does not necessarily translate to other countries, however, where...

 

HTMLPresident Signs Federal Contractor "Minimum Wage" Order
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014
The White House Press Office reports that President Obama has now signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum-wage rate for workers on federal contracts, as he announced he would do in his recent State of the Union speech. His intentions are clearer than they were, but the document is not a...

 

HTMLBasics Of Employment Law In Italy: Part II
Amanda K. Caldwell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 17, 2014
This article is the second in a series which provides a brief overview of the some of the key elements of employment law in Italy. This article will focus on the specific laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace and potential employer liability for violations of those laws.

 

HTMLOSHA Concerns For 2014?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 9, 2014
Allen Smith, J.D., the manager of workplace law content for SHRM. ( @SHRMlegaleditor) recently asked three attorneys, including me, to set out our wishes and cautions for OSHA in 2014, and then wrote a good (and short!) article. My responses are below, along with some comments from some...

 

HTMLState Court Holds Employers Must Protect Trade Secrets From Independent Contractors
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 12, 2014
A recent Massachusetts Superior Court decision held that employers risk losing trade secrets and confidential information if they do not protect that information from independent contractors. The court held that employers who do not take active steps to protect their proprietary information from...

 

HTMLEEOC Going For More Systemic Investigations In 2014; Sound Familiar?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014
An EEOC “systemic” investigation can be as miserable as a class action lawsuit for employers. As we have discussed before, the EEOC has encouraged its management and investigators to scrutinize single claimant EEOC charges for possible expansion to an burdensome corporate wide...

 


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