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Ohio Employer's Law Blog

  • newWIRTW #498 (the “blarney” edition)
    Photo by Khara Woods on UnsplashTomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. Have you ever thought about what the Patron Saint of Ireland can teach us about employment-law compliance? I did, seven years ago.Click here for 10 compliance challe…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Mar 18, 11:10am -
  • newHarassment training is about creating a culture, not checking a box
    Bloomberg reports that demand for anti-harassment training videos has surged in the #MeToo era.Here’s the problem, however. The Bloomberg article talks about training videos, the absolute worst kind of training.Anti-harassme…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Mar 18, 11:22am -
  • How your problem employee is like an old hot water tank
    Last night, my hot water tank died. It was old (14, to be exact).During his shower, I heard Donovan yell, “Dad, there’s no hot water, and I’m freezing!” On a hunch, I traveled down to the basement, which is where I found puddles o…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Mar 18, 11:14am -

The Employer's Lawyer

  • When Rhetoric Comes to Town
    By now, if you haven’t heard about Donald Trump’s statements on Muslims and his plan to prevent Muslims from entering the country, as well as the vehement support he is receiving from an astonishing number of people, you may be living under a roc…
    - 9 Dec 15, 7:44pm -
  • Beware the FMLA Equitable Estoppel Claim
    Imagine that your company has 40 employees, one of whom is subject to hospitalization for a medical condition and requires surgery. He is out of work for several weeks and in his absence, the company realizes that it gets along fine without him. As a…
    - 10 Nov 15, 2:23pm -
  • Don’t Bet on the Jury Verdict
    As some of those who follow me on Twitter know, I had jury duty in September. Like most people, it wasn’t something I was looking forward to (and I even tried to get out of it on the basis that no one would pick a lawyer for a jury). Well, it turn…
    - 5 Nov 15, 2:55pm -

Connecticut Employment Law Blog

  • newThe Certainty of Publicity of a Newly-Filed Lawsuit
    It happened again, last week.  An employer was sued. Wait, what’s that? A new lawsuit gets filed EVERY day against employers?  (Actually, in federal court, at least 11885 employment lawsuits were filed in 2017. Far more than one a day.) But last…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Mar 18, 12:18pm -
  • You’re Fired! — No, I Quit!
    You’ve agonized over firing an employee.  You hired her over a year ago and it just isn’t working out.  The employee is kind, conscientious and punctual, but just doesn’t have the skills needed for the particular position. But you’ve made u…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Mar 18, 12:19pm -
  • No Longer a Modest Proposal – A Limited “Amnesty” for Wage/Hour Violations Coming
    Three years ago, I floated the idea that perhaps an agency could come up with a modest “amnesty” program that would give employers a chance to get into compliance with FLSA laws, without facing the draconian consequences such an admission might e…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Mar 18, 4:32am -

FMLA Insights

Labor Relations Today

Lawffice Space

  • 6th Cir.: Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender and transitioning employees
    Earlier today, the Sixth Circuit held in EEOC v. Stephens:Not official use.Discrimination against employees, either because of their failure to conform to sex stereotypes or their transgender and transitioning status, is illegal under Title VII.Title…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Mar 18, 7:47pm -
  • SCOTUS to take on yet another arbitration case
    The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) generally allows parties to enter into binding contracts to arbitrate disputes that may arise later. However, under Section 1, the FAA does not apply “to contracts of employment of seamen, railroad employees, or an…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Mar 18, 2:08pm -
  • 2d Cir: Title VII prohibits sexual orientation employment discrimination
    Yesterday, the Second Circuit  issued its opinion in Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. The Court, sitting en banc* held:Not official use. We now hold that sexual orientation discrimination constitutes a form of discrimination “because …
    - 18 days ago, 27 Feb 18, 1:14pm -

Employment Law Navigator

  • Thanks, and so long…
    After 3 great years, the Employment Law Navigator is coming to an end. We’ve had fun, and we hope our posts have been helpful. Our sincere thanks to our contributors and to Zelle’s superb Marketing Director Dan Gruber, who picked our art, caug…
    - 28 Jul 17, 6:38pm -
  • That is SO last week
    Last week, HR Dive reported on a Washington federal court’s June order requiring that a public employer pay $1.8 million to a terminated employee.  The worker was fired when she failed a drug test due to her lawful use of prescription drugs, test…
    - 24 Jul 17, 7:29pm -
  • That Critical First Response to Harassment Complaints: Stage 2
    Last week, we wroteabout the importance of “first responders” who receive complaints of workplace harassment, and provided tips on how they should prepare for and react to complaints.  This week, we continue to focus on the early stages of the c…
    - 20 Jul 17, 5:43pm -