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Ohio Employer's Law Blog

  • newThe meaning of life (in eight words)
    A few months back, while riding in the car (we do a lot of riding in the car, mostly to and from music lessons, rehearsals, and gigs), I fielded a question from the back seat. I don’t recall the context of the conversation, or the genesis of th…
    - 22 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:23am -
  • newHow much wasted work-time is too much?
    According to a recent survey conducted by OfficeTeam, on average, employees spend 8 hours per workweek on non-work activities.What does this non-work time look like?Personal emails: 30 percentSocial networks: 28 percentSports s…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:29am -
  • newDoes a LinkedIn request violate a non-solicitation agreement?
    In Bankers Life and Casualty Company v. American Senior Benefits (Ill. Ct. App. 8/7/17), Bankers Life sued a former sales manager, Gregory Gelineau, for violating the following non-solicitation agreement after he jumped ship to American Senior…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 11:42am -

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

  • Can a Legislature Really Change a Collective Bargaining Agreement?
    My law partner, Gabe Jiran, talks today about whether it’s all that easy to change the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.  Is it just as easy as a vote? Or does it require something more? The answer has implications for all employers.  …
    - 10 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 11:32am -
  • Compliance with Today’s Anti-Discrimination Laws Through a History Lesson
    Over the weekend, I was doing a lot of driving.  Having a kid at camp near the New Hampshire border to pick him up will do that. So, it was time for me to catch up on some podcasts I had downloaded but hadn’t yet listened to. I had already finishe…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 12:26pm -
  • Where Do The Proposed Federal Overtime Rule Changes Stand?
    My colleague, Gabe Jiran, returns the blog today with this quick post updating us on where things stand on the DOL’s proposed changes to the overtime rules (and providing me with an excuse to link to one of the few songs to mention “overtime” i…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 11:59am -

FMLA Insights

Labor Relations Today

Employment and Labor Insider

  • newNC “employee classification” law warrants caution but doesn’t change substantive law
    On August 11, Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act. The portion of the legislation that deals with worker classifications will take effect December 31. The legislation does not change existing definitio…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 3:35pm -
  • Q and A on the recent controversy

    - 7 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 10:21am -
  • Weekly catch-up
    President Trump endorses the RAISE Act, which would clamp down on legal immigration. The RAISE Act legislation, among other things, would give immigration priority according to a skills-based “points” system and to individuals who speak Englis…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 10:09am -

Lawffice Space

  • newCan employers fire employees for attending Charlottesville protests?
    I'm sure you've already heard about the violence in Charlottesville this past weekend, and you've probably heard about the efforts to get the white supremacist protesters fired. Is is legal for employers to fire employees for attending the protests?G…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 12:42pm -
  • About that guy who got fired from Google for writing that memo . . . .
    The SetupBy now, you have probably already heard about the Google engineer who got fired for writing that memo - you know, this one. The memo addressed controversial subjects, and concluded in part: Differences in distributions of traits between men…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 1:29am -
  • D.C. Circuit on Joint Employers (Sort Of)
    On Friday, the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in NLRB v. CNN. One of the issues was whether the NLRB applied the correct joint employer test.As readers of this blog know, the NLRB announced a new "refined" standard for joint employment in Browning-F…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 12:31pm -

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…
    - 21 days ago, 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…
    - 25 days ago, 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…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:43pm -