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Employment Law

More Employees Are Suing Over Family-Leave Discrimination. Here's What You Need to Know.

Tom Spiggle | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Tom Spiggle

After facing discrimination over taking family leave, more men and women are choosing to sue their bosses--and in some cases, winning substantial amou...

The Case for 12 Weeks Minimum Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Ellen Bravo

The U.S. stands alone among industrialized countries in having no national paid leave policy. Only 13 percent of workers here receive such a benefit through their employer. While many companies do a terrific job, at least for mothers who give birth, most do very little.

An Open Letter to Donald Trump's Sex Harassment Victims

Lee Burdick | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Lee Burdick

Donald Trump has demeaned and sexually harassed women openly for years. These kinds of behaviors don't just end on their own nor has Trump suffered any consequences that might deter future sex offenses. Those two things combined almost guarantee that there are other victims.

Ways Social Media Impacts Law

Brad Reid | Posted 03.03.2016 | Crime
Brad Reid

Social media, broadly defined, is having a powerful impact in the U.S. legal environment. Additionally, as social media crosses national boundaries, global legal concerns, not addressed in this brief comment, must be considered in practice.

Can You Be Fired For Your Political Beliefs Or Activities? Maybe

Donna Ballman | Posted 02.04.2017 | Business
Donna Ballman

Every election year, I see and hear about people being fired for what candidates they support and for political discussions at work. And every election year, I'm asked: is this legal? The answer is maybe. Mostly, it depends on what state you work in.

Can Your Employer Demand Intrusive Medical Testing? Court Says Yes

Donna Ballman | Posted 01.15.2017 | Business
Donna Ballman

Does your employer have any business sticking its nose into your body (now there's a picture you wanted in your head) by ordering you to undergo medical examinations and biometric testing to determine if you are likely to become ill? According to one court, the answer is yes.

Chief Justice Roberts Says 'Quitting Your Job Is A Very Big Deal'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For a brief moment on Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to acknowledge workers who are forced to quit due to a discriminatory wo...

5 Employment Laws All Small Businesses Should Know

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 09.23.2016 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

When you run a small business, managing employees is a time-consuming part of your job. From schedules to vacation time, there's a lot to think about when it comes to dealing with human resources within your business. Among the many concerns you face daily is employee satisfaction.

Will the New Overtime Regulations Impact Your Small Business?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

On July 6, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) notified the public of a proposed change in laws regarding overtime exemption, and this is expected to affect more than 4.6 million workers--including those who work at small business locations.

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Charting the Wave of New LGBT Protections at Work

Marcy Karin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marcy Karin

Starting April 8, 2015, employers who do business with the federal government may not discriminate against applicants and employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Small Businesses Take Risks Not Following Employment Laws

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 05.31.2015 | Small Business
Margaret Jacoby

According to a recent report in Forbes, over 543,000 new businesses are started each month, but more shut down than start up. Seven out of ten new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, one-third at least 10 years and 25% stay in business 15 years or more.

Five Risks When Small Businesses Fire/Terminate Employees

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 05.23.2015 | Small Business
Margaret Jacoby

Before firing/terminating an employee, understand both the federal and state laws about employee protection and rights, prepare diligently, then be prepared to face the consequences and overcome the risks.

Who's the Boss? Why Republicans Are Missing the Point on Joint Employer

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Catherine Ruckelshaus

What's striking about the stretch of Congressional activity is its almost complete lack of connection to the reality of labor and employment laws in our country and how they apply (or don't apply) to businesses.

A Woman Told Her Boss About A Devastating Cancer Diagnosis. He Responded By Firing Her.

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

A Pennsylvania community is rallying around a woman who was fired from her job at an oral surgeon's office following her diagnosis with cancer. Ca...

Autism Without Fear: Is Corporate Use of 'Emotional Intelligence' Grounds for Discrimination Under the ADA?

Michael John Carley | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Michael John Carley

The business world loves metrics. And in an era where data has never been more valuable, many executives believe there is a direct correlation between employee productivity and a high Emotional Intelligence score.

EEOC: Parity for Maternity and Paternity Leave

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Scott Behson, PhD

The EEOC issued its new guidance on parental leave today. In it, they lay the basis for parity between company-offered maternity and paternity leave. ...

How Facebook Can Get You Terminated and Keep You Terminated

Don McNay | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Don McNay

If your employer can prove that you spend 63 percent of your time on social media, it doesn't make any difference how productive you are during the other 37 percent of the day. Judges, juries and arbitrators are going to look unfavorably on your cause.

Hostile Waters: A Lawyer's Analysis of the Incognito/Martin Dilemma in the Miami Dolphins Organization

The Legal Blitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
The Legal Blitz

The media has consistently been all over this story since it surfaced, and we at TheLegalBlitz.com thought it best to call in the pros for a proper analysis of some of the sports law issues at hand.

Dave Jamieson

Spa Worker Trainee Fired For Refusing Brazilian Wax

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business

A Western Pennsylvania woman has sued the Pittsburgh waxing salon that employed her, claiming she was fired after refusing a Brazilian wax treatment a...

Purchasers of Businesses Face Successor Liability for Federal Violations

Brad Reid | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Business purchasers must consider federal statutes in addition to merely following state precedents that provide a guide to preventing successor liability. Some federal obligations may continue regardless of the careful structuring of the business purchase.

'Fired, Laid Off Or Pushed Out?' Not What?

Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 05.13.2013 | Media
Rebecca Shapiro

In an industry that is constantly adapting and redefining the way news is gathered and disseminated, what happens when an employee falls victim to one of these layoff announcements? According to one of New York's leading employment lawyers, a whole lot. And it doesn't have to be all bad.

Policies Are Evil

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we care about quality, and energy, and trust, we'll talk about situations that arise, and handle them in context, the way people have done in every society since the dawn of time.

Christina Wilkie

Walmart Sued For Conduct After 72-Year-Old Sexually Abuses Co-Worker

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

The nation's largest retailer, Walmart, is facing a laundry list of allegations in a lawsuit stemming from the sexual abuse of a woman with developme...

Christina Wilkie

Supreme Court Will Define What A 'Supervisor' Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in the term that began Monday, will rule on at least two disputes that could have a major impact on how employees fig...