Doug Weems discusses what to do when litigation happens. Although litigation risks can be minimized, litigation is a fact of life in the United States. Here are some suggested steps to take if you or your company is sued.
This article discusses a recent 8th Circuit case in which the Court rejected an ADA / FMLA lawsuit filed by an employee who was fired because the employer reasonably believed that the employee was refusing mandatory work to go to a casino to gamble.
Andrew Brought discusses an update on OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), 29 CFR 1910.1200,and its significant facelift. By OSHA’s own estimate, over 5 million workplaces across the country will be affected by the revised regulations.
Casey Murray discusses the fact that fifty-three years ago this month, a new era in Missouri employment law began. Although it was passed on June 8, 1959, the provisions of the Missouri Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) became effective on August 29, 1959. The MHRA and its subsequent amendments prohibit discrimination in employment due to a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability or age (40 through 69).
This article discusses a new case in which the Missouri Supreme Court has once again upheld the right of employers to have post-employment restrictive covenants. However, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that a restriction which bars competition with all clients, regardless of the employee’s involvement invites scrutiny and will possibly be struck down.
This article discusses the changing views of California courts to employment arbitration agreements. After years of opposing these agreements, California courts appear to be enforcing them.
Ron Fano discusses the Colorado Wage Statute and obligations employers have when employees terminate their employment. If you are not familiar with this law, you could easily miss some of the key requirements.
Dave Wing discusses the recent announcement by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) regarding use of the current Form I-9 even after its expiration date of August 31, 2012. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available. Employers may subscribe to I-9 Central at the above link to get updates about Form I-9.
This article discusses a pair of recent rulings in which social media posts – which were described as jokes or satire – get strong consideration by courts evaluating claims before them. In one case, the posts led to sanctions against a student. In another, the posts may impact an employee’s sexual harrassment claim.
This article discusses how Illinois has become the latest state to address social media in the workplace. Currently, there are two states which have passed laws to address the use of social media at work: Illinois and Maryland.