August 21st, 2019 by Frank L. Day, Jr., Jessica Asbridge, Mollie K. Wildmann at FordHarrison
The following list of questions should serve as an introduction to a number of fundamental employment law concepts, and the answers to each question will enable users to determine if “best practices” generally are being followed. Of course, this list of questions will not ensure that full compliance with all laws and regulations that govern the employer-employee relationship, but...
July 31st, 2019 by Subhash Viswanathan at Bond, Schoeneck & King
As of October 27, 2019, New York employers will not only be unneighborly if you:
"threaten, penalize, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against any employee by threatening to contact or contacting United States immigration authorities or otherwise reporting or threatening to report the citizenship or suspected immigration status of an employee or an employee's family member in retaliation for an employee's complaints about alleged violations of the New York Labor Law"
you might also go to jail.
And write a check for $10,000. Or $20,000 if you are extremely unneighborly and it is your second "threaten, penalize, discriminate, retaliate" offense.
Oh, and back pay. Did I mention back pay?
January 25th, 2019 by Robin Shea at Constangy
If it hasn't happened yet, there is a good chance that one of your employees will show up in a posted video in a less than flattering light, and that light is going to reflect on your company.
Days past, you would have taken the video at face value and determined disciplinary actions, maybe even termination, based solely on the video.
Knee-jerk doesn't work any more. Maybe now it is KnoW-jerk, as in know the employee is no jerk. And video, especially just a snippet, doesn't always tell the whole story.
Robin Shea helps you address the situation with a PR statement you should keep close at hand.
January 23rd, 2019 by Jenny Goltz at Cozen O'Connor
Common Pitfalls for Emerging Companies Founders of emerging companies are often first-time employers and find themselves having to wade through the dense patchwork of state and federal labor and employment laws. This can be a confusing undertaking that often requires legal counsel. However, there are a few very common employment law pitfalls that all emerging com...
February 6th, 2019 by Ursula A. Kienbaum at Ogletree Deakins
written warning: noun: ritˈ'n wôrniNG
Ursula Kienbaum helps you create a calm, dispassionate, effective, reasonable written warning by answering these seven FAQs:
December 18th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy
Real life scenario 1: A very high-performing, squeaky clean employee drinks too much at the holiday party and tries to kiss a colleague.
Real life scenario 2: A colleague / mentee / impressionable underling asks if it is a career-limiting move not to attend a "dreaded company holiday party".
Discuss (if with yourself, we recommend pretending you are on the phone so people will accept your discussion with the ether).
Now grade yourself against the expert, Robin Shea.
November 1st, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy
It happens in almost every workplace almost every day: somebody swears or is on an iffy website or is carrying a knife (or worse) or is using their own (not secure) phone or computer to send off a quick business email or text.
So what is illegal, what is inappropriate and what is just not that a big a deal?
Robin Shea at Constangy has your answers (and answers your questions) at our November 14 webinar, “Not Suitable for Work?”
Credits available: SHRM and HRCI