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Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Immigration, Safety
The November edition of ConstangyTV’s Close-Up on Workplace Law tackles workplace holiday parties, the legal risks, and how to minimize those risks. Host Leigh Tyson interviews Gary Wheeler of our Jacksonville Office about what employers should and shouldn’t do. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to our YouTube channel. The new, improved I-9 form. Elizabeth… Continue Reading

DOL’s new online tool may result in more OFCCP complaints

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Labor Relations, Retaliation, Safety, Wage-Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor recently rolled out www.worker.gov, an online tool designed to help employees file various types of complaints against their employers. The White House announced that the website will assist individuals “if they have had wages stolen, been injured on the job, faced discrimination, or been retaliated against for joining together to… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Class actions, ConstangyTV, Elections, Equal Pay, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety, Sexual Orientation, Wage-Hour, Work-Life Balance
Effect of Election 2016 on labor and employment law. We asked our practice group heads and some thought leaders to tell us how they think employers will be affected by a Trump Administration on specific labor and employment law issues. This client bulletin is packed with prognostication about what we may see in the areas of affirmative action and… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Safety
Our crack Workplace Safety team has a bulletin explaining the new guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on its “Reasonable Reporting Procedures” rule, less catchily known as §1904.35(b)(1)(iv). The good news is that OSHA’s restrictions on post-incident drug testing are fairly mild. But there are many unanswered questions about how the rule will affect… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Safety
The last Retailer of 2016 is out! With Black Friday approaching, Toby Dykes of our Birmingham Office has a great feature on crowd dynamics and OSHA’s guidance on how retail employers can keep their employees safe during the busiest shopping season of the year. We also have graphics showing retailers’ projected earnings and hiring plans for the holidays,… Continue Reading

Enforcement date of OSHA rule delayed again — until December 1

Posted in Drug Testing, Retaliation, Safety, Workers' Compensation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed for a second time the enforcement date of its new “Reasonable Reporting Procedure” rule as it pertains to post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs. The new enforcement date for the rule is December 1. The rule was scheduled to take effect on August 10, and then OSHA extended… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Safety
The U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Steel have settled their OSHA retaliation lawsuit over the suspension of two employees who failed to comply with the company’s “Immediate Reporting Policy,” which required employees to report workplace injuries and illnesses . . . immediately. That’s nice, but it’s even nicer that the settlement, which is publicly available, includes… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in eLaw, FOCUS, Misconduct, Non-Competes, Safety
Is a former employee stealing your data so that he can start competing with you? Can he get around his obligations by borrowing a password, or by having his partners in crime do it? You may have a friend in the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Billy Hammel of our Dallas Office and Susan… Continue Reading

Light reading for your Fourth of July weekend

Posted in Constangy News, Discrimination, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Lawyers!, Retaliation, Safety
Well, maybe not light reading, but good reading about good news that you won’t want to miss! Here are our bulletins and other publications from the last week, in case you missed them: *Heather Owen is already shooting off Fourth of July fireworks at the FOCUS women’s leadership blog because our firm was named this week by the National… Continue Reading

Who was naughty, and who was nice in employment law this year

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Harassment, Labor Relations, Lawyers!, Pregnancy, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Social media, Telecommuting, Wage-Hour
Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in labor and employment law? Here are my picks for 2015. Feel free to add your own in the comments. NAUGHTY! The National Labor Relations Board, for being naughty in too many ways to mention. Its rules on employer handbook policies, including confidentiality and social media, are unrealistic… Continue Reading

BEFORE YOU FIRE: 20 questions every employer should ask

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Employment at Will, Evidence, Family and Medical Leave Act, Harassment, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Settlements, Unemployment, Workers' Compensation
So you think you’re ready to terminate an employee. Are you really? Here are 20 questions that every employer should ask itself before going ahead with a termination. If you think I’ve missed anything, please feel free to add your own in the comments. GETTING STARTED No. 1. Is the employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement?… Continue Reading

EMPLOYMENT LAW BLOG CARNIVAL: April Fools’ Edition

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, eLaw, Employment Law Blog Carnival, ERISA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Lactation, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Same-sex marriage, Social media, Wage-Hour
(St. Patrick’s Day is sooooo nine hours ago!) Ever looking to the future, we celebrate the coming April Fools’ Day with this month’s greatest employment law blog posts. Some of my summaries are accurate, and others are “fools’ editions” – you’ll have to read the actual posts to know which is which. There are so many excellent posts… Continue Reading

“State of the Union” on substance abuse and the workplace

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Drug Testing, Family and Medical Leave Act, Safety, Transportation Industry
Where are we these days with respect to mind-altering substances and the workplace? Here’s the latest, with the “substances” discussed in alphabetical order. This blog post is guaranteed accurate™ for at least the next five minutes. ALCOHOL. Alcohol is legal, which means that it is generally recognized as the most abused of substances. Employers can prohibit… Continue Reading

15 for ’15: Employment and labor resolutions for the new year

Posted in Affirmative Action, Affordable Care Act, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Americans with Disabilities Act, Background Checks, Discrimination, Drug Testing, Equal Pay, ERISA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Harassment, Independent Contractor, Labor Relations, Lactation, Pregnancy, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety, Social media, Wage-Hour
By David Phippen of our Metro D.C. Office. While the year is still young, here are 15 New Year’s resolutions that employers may want to make: 1. Make sure your “independent contractors” are really independent contractors. “Independent contractors” are under scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, state… Continue Reading

Employment law advice you should never follow

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy, Retaliation, Safety, Violence
Employers, if you’re getting advice like this from your employment lawyer, do you know what time it is? Time to get a new employment lawyer. “Never give in on unemployment.” This is terrible advice on so many levels. First, an employee who doesn’t have even the relatively minimal income provided by unemployment is going to… Continue Reading

A few workplace-related things we can be thankful for

Posted in Safety
From a labor and employment law standpoint, I’m not sure we have a lot to be thankful for this year. But ’tis the season, so here are a paltry few: Be thankful that your employer doesn’t fire you while you’re on the air. Ben Finfer, co-host of a Chicago sports talk radio show learned that he… Continue Reading

Planning your workplace holiday party? Read this first!

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Safety, Sexual Torts, Uncategorized, Violence, Wage-Hour
Yeah, yeah – I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but you are planning your holiday party now, and you want answers to your burning questions while you still have time to do something about it. And, as luck would have it, I presented a webinar on Wednesday with David Weisenfeld of XpertHR on “How… Continue Reading

Transportation employers, can you survive the federal audit “tag team”?

Posted in Retaliation, Safety, Transportation Industry
David Smith of Constangy’s OSHA practice group is co-author of this post. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are tag-teaming transportation employers. They’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agree to share information about allegations of safety, coercion, and retaliation. And last week, OSHA ordered… Continue Reading