If I’m taking the plaintiff’s deposition, and I hear these words escape his lips when describing the termination meeting with this supervisor, well, I’m not sure how I would go about maintaining my poker face.
Posts Tagged Employment Law
Workplace compliance is an area where employers must continually stay ahead of the curve. Even the savviest, most-experienced HR professionals can find themselves unprepared for legal issues they never saw coming. While some can rely on in-house attorneys, others, such as small-business owners, must contract with outside legal counsel, which can be costly and time-consuming.
After a more than three-month forced hiatus, small businesses are more than ready to open their doors. But for many of them, getting back to business brings a host of legal vulnerabilities and concerns they may have never faced and may not be prepared to handle on their own.
We all know that the initial purpose of Valentine’s Day was for individuals to express their love to those whom they love in a non-platonic way. I was tempted to say romantic, but I once had a manager deny there was any romantic relationship because “it was only sex.”
When a small business owner offers employment to a candidate, it can be one of the best feelings in the world for both sides. But what happens if somewhere along the process, mistakes are made that can eventually come back to harm the business?
Even worse, what happens if the same mistakes get repeated over time - resulting in catastrophic financial losses and disruption of the business?
I can often draw upon my years of experience as an employment lawyer to predict from reading the first paragraph of a federal court opinion how the court is going to decide the discrimination claim before it.
Let’s see what you think.
“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova
Being #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, this blog post goes out to all persons challenged with mental health conditions. Together, we can help end stigma and get people the help and love they need and deserve. No one is ever alone.
On May 1, @shrmnextchat chatted with Eric B. Meyer (@Eric_B_Meyer), a partner at FisherBroyles LLP about the challenges of leave under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Ask any HR professional about the workplace issues that create some of the biggest job-related headaches, and managing leaves of absence will most likely be at the top of the list.
Marla: “Did you know that Sally is sleeping with Gregg?”
Todd: “I heard that. How long has this been going on?”
Marla: “Not sure. Jeff?”
Jeff: “I have no idea but I do know they are a couple.”
Karen: “No kidding. Have you noticed how Sally recently is going on business trips with Gregg for no business reason.”
Jeff: “It depends on how you define business.”
Last week, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued this decision in which it held that an outside job applicant cannot pursue a disparate impact claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
What does this mean in plain English?
Think “unintentional discrimination.”
Many years ago, I mediated an egregious sexual-harassment case.
A young woman―bright, personable and talented―left the modeling world to pursue her goal of becoming a successful business executive.
A series of nightmarish encounters with older male executives quashed her dreams.
As a general rule, employers must pay non-exempt employees for all time that they work (broadly defined) and that includes getting ready for work (preliminary activities) and finishing work (postliminary activities). As discussed below, there is a de minimis exemption under federal law (FLSA).
Last week President Trump outlined an ambitious agenda during his first State of the Union address. Meanwhile, lawmakers are wrapping-up their respective party retreats to set forth their legislative agendas. Now the focus is on priority issues for the remainder of the 115th Congress, including many that will impact the workplace.
Most folks only get out to one and if lucky two conferences a year. Of course, the SHRM Annual each June is the granddaddy of them all and one that folks look forward to attending a year in advance. However, it’s not the only conference on the schedule and you have some great options to choose from, especially if you have an interest in one particular area of HR.
Managers typically aren't as familiar as HR professionals with employment laws and often land organizations in legal hot water. When it comes to equal employment opportunity obligations, health and wellness initiatives, wage and hour issues, and labor relations and other concerns, a host of laws mandate what employers can and can't do. Managers need to know the ins and outs of these laws, and it's up to HR to help get them up to speed.
Remember that time when one your high-level managers walked into Human Resources. And that remorseful high-level manager voluntarily confessed to sexually harassing a subordinate — before the subordinate had even registered a complaint — with an apology so genuine and sincere that you got a little choked up.
Yeah, me neither.
I imagine that, among the reasons that victims fear complaining about sexual harassment, is that spotlight may shine a little too brightly on them.
For the past few years, I have told the changing holiday tale of the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai. Together, we have taken a journey on how we can maximize the joy and minimize the myriad risks of the holiday season.