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Compliance with FLMA notice requirement disputed

In a case where a company argued that an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act claim failed because the statute required him to use the company’s “usual and customary notice and procedural requirements for requesting leave” and he used Facebook ...

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Plaintiff can’t show COVID disability was reason for firing

Where an employee alleged that he was fired because his exposure to COVID-19 led his employer to regard him as having a disability, but his complaint did not show he was regarded as disabled, he has failed to state a ...

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Data security is next frontier as more employers embrace remote work

Remote worker using Zoom

Two and a half years out from the wide-spread arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, working from home has become much more of a choice for workers and jobseekers, rather than an emergency measure. According to the ...

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Federal appeals court nixes effort to recover union fees

Two of the four plaintiffs worked as public school teachers.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that state employees who were not members of unions were not entitled to a return of “fair share” fees collected before a landmark 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In its 2018 ...

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Employee benefits and the end of ‘Roe v. Wade’

Earlier this summer the U.S. Supreme Court issued its expected ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled long-standing precedent and allowed individual states to regulate access to abortion services. At least twenty-six states immediately banned abortion or ...

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Court remands employee-or-contractor case

Driver in car

A federal appellate court has reversed an award of summary judgment to U.S. Labor Secretary Martin Walsh in a fair labor suit brought against a Minnesota company. The court determined that the competing narratives of “employment relationship” and “independent contractor ...

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What if a layoff becomes necessary? Practical steps for reductions in force

Employee leaving after being fired

As communities continue to be shocked at the gas pump, soaring inflation and whispers of “recession,” there has been an increase in layoffs in certain industries — particularly technology, retail and food. RIFs, if done correctly, can help companies ease ...

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Risk management: A priority for all businesses

Risk meter

Regardless of the size of your organization, or the industry in which you do business, good and accepted practice requires that there be someone responsible for risk management, and that you have internal risk management controls, i.e., a risk management ...

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‘Alternate explanation’ sinks suit over ‘Black Lives Matter’ mask ban

Whole Foods Market (DEPOSIT PHOTOS)

While they had pleaded bias claims “conceptually consistent with Title VII,” Whole Foods employees disciplined for wearing Black Lives Matter face masks had not established viable discrimination or retaliation claims, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed. The ...

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