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Election Day is Coming – What are Your Obligations as an Employer?

With Election Day fast approaching, employers should ensure they are in compliance with state law requirements related to employee voting rights. While not all states impose requirements on employers, some impose time off obligations and notice requirements with the possibility of criminal or civil penalties for non-compliance. Applicable voting laws vary by state. Some state laws... Continue Reading
October 25, 2019

House Bill Would Limit Drive-by Lawsuits by Amending Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act

The House of Representatives has passed the “ADA Education and Reform Act” (HR 620) with an 85-percent vote in favor of passage (including 12 Democrats).  Prior to filing a lawsuit under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the bill requires potential plaintiffs to provide businesses with both notice of architectural barriers as well...… Continue Reading The post House Bill Would Limit Drive-by Lawsuits by Amending Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
February 28, 2018

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Alabama Cop’s Win in Pregnancy and FMLA Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a former Alabama police officer on her pregnancy and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims. Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, Ala., No. 16-13003 (11th Cir. Sept. 7, 2017). The Eleventh Circuit held that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act...… Continue Reading The post Eleventh Circuit Upholds Alabama Cop’s Win in Pregnancy and FMLA Case appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
December 20, 2017

Documented Performance Issues and Inadequate Notice of Need for Leave Sink Employee’s FMLA Claims

Granting summary judgment to an employer on Family and Medical Leave Act claims asserted by a former employee, an Illinois district court held that: (1) the employee had failed to demonstrate his firing had any causal relationship to his prior FMLA leave (or any potential future need for FMLA leave); and (2) the employer’s initial...… Continue Reading The post Documented Performance Issues and Inadequate Notice of Need for Leave Sink Employee’s FMLA Claims appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
July 11, 2017

Businesses Face Conflicting State and Federal Accessibility Requirements

Many states and localities have their own distinct accessibility laws and regulations for businesses. Often these are not analogous to the ADA.  For instance, businesses operating in New York must use the disability access symbol designated by the state, but the U.S. Access Board (which sets standards of accessibility for federal agencies and drafts the...… Continue Reading The post Businesses Face Conflicting State and Federal Accessibility Requirements appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
May 19, 2017

Plaintiff in Dispute over LinkedIn Account gets “Zero” Damages

Plaintiff pro se Linda Eagle, the former president of banking education company Edcomm, Inc. ended up empty handed even though she prevailed on the merits of her claims of invasion of privacy by misappropriation of identity in her federal lawsuit filed over the alleged hijacking of her LinkedIn account by her former employer following the termination of her employment. … Continue reading Plaintiff in Dispute over LinkedIn Account gets “Zero” Damages
April 26, 2013

Videotaping of Machine Permitted Over Trade Secrets Objection

A federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi has allowed a plaintiff in an employment law dispute to conduct an on-site inspection for purposes of videotaping the machine which he formerly operated in Morton v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., (N.D. Miss. Dec. 10, 2012). Morton, an amputee with a prosthetic leg, asserted that he  was denied a reasonable … Continue reading Videotaping of Machine Permitted Over Trade Secrets Objection
February 11, 2013

Eighth Circuit Affirms Severance Repayment by Executive Who Breached Non-disclosure Obligations

Our contributor John A. Snyder writes on the Jackson Lewis website about an interesting decision out of the Eighth Circuit involving an executive of Hallmark Cards, Inc. who was ordered to pay back $735,000 in severance benefits and an additional $125,000 she earned at a competitor because she disclosed information about Hallmark’s processes and market research … Continue reading Eighth Circuit Affirms Severance Repayment by Executive Who Breached Non-disclosure Obligations
January 31, 2013

PhoneDog v. Kravitz Settlement Points to Need for Agreements on Ownership of Social Media Accounts

Last December, PhoneDog, a mobile phone website, sued Noah Kravitz, after he resigned from the company, alleging that he improperly took control of his Twitter account and approximately 17,000 Twitter followers when he left. While at PhoneDog, Kravitz’s Twitter account was @PhoneDog_Noah. After he left, Kravitz changed the account to @noahkravitz but kept his followers. … Continue reading PhoneDog v. Kravitz Settlement Points to Need for Agreements on Ownership of Social Media Accounts
December 12, 2012

eBay Sued to Halt Enforcement of “No Hire” Agreement

 The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against eBay, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  The suit, filed on November 16, 2012, claims that eBay violated antitrust laws by entering into an agreement not to hire or recruit the employees of a competitor, Intuit, Inc. The … Continue reading eBay Sued to Halt Enforcement of “No Hire” Agreement
November 27, 2012

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