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HTMLRhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation
Katherine G. Rigby, Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014
Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose their social media passwords or from requiring applicants or...

 

HTMLAnother Increase in the Rhode Island Minimum Wage to $9/Hour
Andrew E. Silvia, Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 25, 2014
On July 3, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. The legislation, which will increase the state’s minimum wage for the third time in as many years, was approved by the...

 

HTMLRhode Island General Assembly to Consider Lowering Standard for Employees to Bring Retaliation Claims
Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014
The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering amending the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to make it easier for employees to sue their employers for discrimination-based retaliation. Under FEPA, employees can sue their employers if they believe they were retaliated against...

 

HTMLEmployer Failed to Establish Tortious Interference by Current Employees Who Were Secretly Operating a Competing Business
Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014
An employer failed to show that its former employees tortiously interfered with its current and prospective customers, even though they had been secretly operating a competing business while working for the employer. In deciding Aid Maintenance Co., Inc. v. Realty Maintenance Service, Inc. (C.A....

 

HTMLA Bit Too Far: Employee’s Alleged Self-Defense Fails To Sway NH Justices On His Wrongful Discharge Claim
Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 22, 2013, previously published on November 18, 2013
Could an employee be fired by his employer for actions he claimed were done in self-defense? In Leeds v. BAE Systems, No. 2012-599 (November 5, 2013), the New Hampshire Supreme Court found that he could where the employee’s actions went beyond what was reasonably necessary to potentially...

 

HTMLNew Legislation Will Allow Bi-Monthly Payment of Wages
Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2013, previously published on August 28, 2013
On July 15, 2013, Rhode Island passed highly anticipated legislation that will allow employers to pay their employees on a bi-monthly basis (rather than weekly, as the law had previously required). The law goes into effect on January 1, 2014, and it authorizes the Rhode Island Department of Labor...

 

HTMLNew Rhode Island Legislation Will Allow Bi-Monthly Payment of Wages
Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 29, 2013, previously published on August 28, 2013
On July 15, 2013, Rhode Island passed highly anticipated legislation that will allow employers to pay their employees on a bi-monthly basis (rather than weekly, as the law had previously required). The law goes into effect on January 1, 2014, and it authorizes the Rhode Island Department of Labor...