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Avoiding Holiday Season Employment Headaches

As the holiday season approaches, employees look forward to time with family, vacations, and holiday festivities, all of which can mean requesting more time off or calling in sick.  For retailers, however, the holiday season typically means increased customer demand, staffing challenges, and potential for more wage and hour exposure.  Given these issues – and … Continue Reading

Workplace Implications of the Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Law

On Nov. 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters passed Question 4, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana (Recreational Use Law). The Recreational Use Law follows passage of a 2012 Massachusetts ballot question which legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. Please see our previous May 15, 2013 GT Alert, What Does the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Act Mean … Continue Reading

Philadelphia Expands the Reach of Its ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

On Dec. 15, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter amended the city’s current “ban the box” law to expand the number of employers it covers and increase restrictions on the use of criminal background checks during the hiring process. The amendments take effect in just 90 days and make several noteworthy changes to the city’s original … Continue Reading

Seasonal Employment: Tips and Traps

Whether due to holiday shopping, increased tourism, or winter weather, employers across the country are turning to seasonal workers to help with increased customer demands this time of year. Industry fluctuations may necessitate the use of temporary help to meet your businesses’ short-term staffing requirements. Employers should be aware of some tips and traps when … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Becomes Effective July 1, 2015

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, § 148C), approved by a statewide ballot question last fall, goes into effect July 1, 2015. As of July 1, 2015, all employers must comply with the statute. Applicable regulations promulgated by the Massachusetts Attorney General have also been issued. Importantly, all employers operating … Continue Reading

Philadelphia Employers with 10-Plus Employees Now Required to Offer Paid Sick Leave

Written by Kelly Dobbs Bunting and Christiana L. Signs On Feb. 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a new chapter in the Philadelphia Code, “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces,” that requires employers with 10 or more employees in Philadelphia to provide paid sick time to certain workers. The ordinance takes effect on … Continue Reading

NLRB Decision Allows Non-Work Related Use of a Company Email System

Last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed the Register Guard decision and declared that employees who have access to a company email system now have the right to use that system, on non-working time, to voice their disagreement with their working conditions to co-workers and outsiders. The majority explained that email communications have … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Voters Approve Ballot Question Mandating Paid Sick Time

On Nov. 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that entitles employees to earn up to 40 hours of sick time each year. Employees who work for Massachusetts employers having 11 or more employees could earn up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Employees working for smaller employers could earn up … Continue Reading

Cal/OSHA Proposes to Turn up the Heat on Heat Illness Prevention

On May 28, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) proposed amendments to CCR, Title 8, Section 3395 (heat illness prevention rule) that would add significant burdens to employers with employees working outdoors. The draft proposal can be found online at CA.gov’s Heat Illness Prevention Programs and Regulations page. Among other things, the changes: … Continue Reading

NLRB To Revisit Use of Company Email in Union Organizing

In May, this blog discussed the National Labor Relations Board (the Board or NLRB)’s potential targeting of policies regulating employee use of company email for non-business purposes. In inviting the filing of amicus briefs on the issue, (Purple Commc’ns, Inc., NLRB, No. 21-CA-95151, invitation to file briefs 5/1/14), the Board signaled that it may overturn … Continue Reading

NLRB To Revisit Use of Company E-Mail Accounts in Union Organizing and Personal Use

The National Labor Relations Board (the “Board” or “NLRB”) under The President has broadly interpreted the protections afforded under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”).  Section 7 gives employees the right to engage in concerted activity for mutual aid and protection and to form, join or assist labor unions.  Employees also … Continue Reading

GT Alert — Student-Athletes or Statutory Employees?

In a closely-watched decision, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board ruled on March 26, 2014 that football players receiving scholarships at Northwestern University are “employees” and eligible to unionize. This landmark decision marks a potential change in Board law that could possibly alter the landscape of union organizing; at least regarding private … Continue Reading

GT Alert — Join the Party. Another California-based Former Employee Challenges Out-of-State Company’s Non-Compete Provisions as Unfair Business Practice

If your client has California operations and isn’t aware, it could end up like the employer did in Shomit James v. Globus Medical, Inc. James demonstrates that the competition in California for talent remains high, that competitors are increasingly aggressive about hiring employees your client may think are “locked up,” and will offensively challenge standard … Continue Reading

Office Romances: 3-Part Series on How to Shield Your Company from Liability Part 3

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, four in ten people admitted to dating a co-worker, and one-third eventually married that person.  Whether a relationship between peers, relationships between supervisors/subordinates, flings, long-term relationships, or extramarital affairs, office romances can lead to unwelcome complaints and expensive lawsuits. Part 1 of this three-part series addressed the potential risks … Continue Reading

Office Romances: 3-Part Series on How to Shield Your Company from Liability Part 2

More than ever, employers are facing serious claims arising from office romances.  Part 1 of this three-piece series covered the potential claims, charges and lawsuits that may arise from workplace relationships.  In this installment, learn why it is imperative to adopt a company policy addressing fraternization.  Part 3 will address tips for employers to mitigate … Continue Reading
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