ManpowerGroup • March 07, 2014
Here’s the latest, based on information provided by the fine folks at Littler, Seyfarth Shaw, The Wall Street Journal and the EEOC:
FordHarrison LLP • March 07, 2014
Executive Summary: March Madness, Super Bowl, and Fantasy Football pools have become ingrained in the American workplace and seem harmless to many; however, permitting such activities creates a wide range of risks for employers, from productivity loss to discrimination and disability issues and even criminal penalties. Newly allowed online gambling can also create headaches for employers and IT departments. Before turning a blind eye or participating in the pool, here are a few risks with which employers should become familiar.
Goldberg Segalla LLP • March 07, 2014
At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, people all across the United States set their clocks forward one hour to start Daylight Saving Time (DST). The change is intended to place more sunlight into “daytime” hours in order to seemingly stretch the day longer and conserve energy. In fact, 2014 marks the eighth year DST was expanded by four weeks pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 07, 2014
In Lawson v. FMR LLC,1 the Supreme Court massively expanded the scope of the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), from 4,500 publicly held companies to millions of private companies that are “contractors,” “subcontractors” or “agents” of a publicly held company. Going forward, privately held employers should be aware that SOX provides a remedy for almost all U.S. employees who suffer adverse employment actions for reporting fraud. Employers should train their management and human resources personnel to identify potential employment issues of this type and remedy them before they become costly litigation.
Fisher & Phillips LLP • March 06, 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.
Nexsen Pruet • March 05, 2014
Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in 1925 to place arbitration agreements on the same footing as other contracts.1 Under the FAA, an arbitration provision “shall be valid, irrevocable, and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the revocation of any contract.” 9 U.S.C.A. § 2. This simple idea has, of course, spawned considerable controversy and litigation, and the tension between the FAA and State laws continues to appear on many fronts.
ManpowerGroup • March 05, 2014
A big THANKS to the fine folks at Ragan’s PR Daily Europe for their good taste and sound judgment in listing the Blawg among their 40 most inspirational corporate blogs.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 05, 2014
Federal law protecting the job rights of employees going into military service can require employers, in addition to offering reinstatement, to accord employees on military leave the same benefits as employees on comparable long-term leaves, and these benefits may extend to facilitating the reemployment of the service member by a purchaser of the employer’s business in the same manner as other employees, the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis has held. The Eighth Circuit also held that under the Uniformed Services and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the employer has the burden in litigation to establish it has fulfilled this obligation. Dorris v. TXD Services, LP, No. 12-3096 (8th Cir. Feb. 27, 2014).
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. • March 05, 2014
According to the Miami Herald, a Florida teenager’s Facebook posts cost her father an $80,000 settlement in an age discrimination case against his former employer, Gulliver Preparatory School.
Fisher & Phillips LLP • March 05, 2014
Yesterday, in a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision greatly expanding the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to cover employees of private entities contracting with publicly-traded companies.