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- Role of Expert Witnesses in Employment Law Matters
Employment litigation is often complex. Expert witnesses are often put on retainer to assist with these types of cases. Understanding the role that these experts serve is important so that you can see if you need an expert in your case.
- Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections Narrowed by U.S. Supreme Court
A recent Supreme Court ruling has served to narrow the whistleblower protections that are part of the Dodd-Frank Act.
- What Should You Do If Your Florida Employer Refuses To Pay Injury Benefits?
Employers or their insurance carriers may resist covering an employee's on-the-job injury. If they refuse or are slow to pay benefits for a qualified injury, then the employee or their attorney must file paperwork to formally request the funds. This paperwork is called a Petition for Benefits or a PFB.
- Can You Be Fired for Talking about Your Job on Social Media?
The right of employees to communicate with other employees is protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA protects an employee’s right to engage in union activity or to join with one or more co-workers to attempt to improve working conditions. The law provides the right to discuss work issues and share information about pay, benefits, and working conditions with co-workers or with a union.
- New Requirements to Accommodate Breastfeeding at Work
Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there are new requirements and protections for those that need time to breastfeed a child while still working for a company. Some of these needs revolve around pumping and storing the milk, but other employees have infants in the company daycare that need daily feeding.
- Accommodation of Religious Practices in the Workplace
Employers must accommodate workers within the company for religious practices that demand certain processes, days off or attire in the building. This is due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that does not permit discrimination by the employer for religion or religious-based actions and activity in the company by the individual employee.
- Chemical Plant Hazards Jeopardize Workplace Safety
When a major chemical plant explosion occurs, it usually makes the national news due to the devastating nature of the accident.
- Will Ongoing Employment Bind an Employee to a Non-Compete Agreement?
Competitive businesses may be concerned that employees who terminate their employment might give their new employers information about the former employer that is confidential or considered a trade secret. To avoid this from happening, many employers require employees to sign a non-compete agreement.
- Best Practices for Sexual Harassment Investigations
Sexual harassment in the United States has had an insidious role in the workplace. Sexual harassment can impose liability on employers on the basis of federal laws or state laws. Employers are required to promptly investigate claims of sexual harassment. They may also need to take immediate corrective action to be sure to stop the harassing conduct.
- Obese Employees Potentially Protected by California FEHA
It is in 2017 that the Court of Appeal in California pushes through protections for obese workers as a disability due to the physical cause and inability to perform certain actions with specific industries of work. This will require many different places of work to amend policies and action when confronted with safeguards for larger men and women.