Executive Summary: In the wake of the January 6, 2021, unrest at the United States Capitol Building and several social media outlets suspending President Trump’s accounts, free speech is a hot topic. Although the right to free speech is ingrained into American life, free speech is not absolute. The Constitutional right to free speech is not implicated by the actions of these private social media platforms because they are private entities, not arms of the government. Moreover, the First Amendment does not protect certain speech intended to incite or produce violence and lawless action.
Archives for January 13, 2021
Determining who is an employee seems like a simple concept, but actually requires a complex analysis that varies depending on the applicable state and statute.
California Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) which greatly expanded the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which took effect on January 1, 2021. Some of the notable changes include:
On December 31, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court announced the amendment of Florida’s summary judgment standard, adopting the more relaxed federal summary judgment standard, in an effort to improve the fairness and efficiency of Florida’s civil justice system and relieve parties from the burdens of meritless litigation.
Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s non-action on the bill passed by the New York City Council in December expanding the scope of New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA), the amendments have become law.
In 2020, COVID-19 collided with a presidential election, forever altering the workplace as we knew it. In 2021 employers are faced with reimagining the employer/employee relationship while simultaneously trying to keep pace with the evolution of workplace law.
Otieno Ombok discusses the implications of a recent lawsuit blocking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ planned filing fee increases in “USCIS Drops Proposed Immigration Filing Fee Increases,” published by SHRM.
Kathryn Russo comments on the possibility of lawmakers introducing legislation legalizing marijuana during the Biden Administration in “How Will Evolving Marijuana Laws Impact the Workplace in 2021?” published by SHRM.
Deep roots with agribusiness clients leads law firm out west
As we have all witnessed, the COVID-19 situation remains incredibly fluid and presents unique challenges to the construction industry, which is an essential business in the Carolinas.
We hope you and your employees had a festive holiday season and happy New Year! It is always helpful to review your company policies and procedures on an annual basis, and policies and procedures on protection of trade secrets and confidential information are no different.
FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Tracey K. Jaensch has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee, the firm’s highest governing body; Russell Jackson was named FordHarrison’s Memphis Office Managing Partner; Jeff Mokotoff was named FordHarrison’s Atlanta Office Managing Partner; and Jennifer Martinez, SHRM-CP (Orlando) was named the firm’s Human Resource Director.
FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Timothy M. Barbetta has joined FordHarrison’s New York City office as a senior associate. Timothy comes to FordHarrison from Kaufman, Borgeest & Ryan LLP.
Nineteen-Year Employee With Disabilities Denied Intermittent Leave as Reasonable Accommodation and Then Fired, Federal Agency Charges