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Dear employer: is your door open?

Dear employer: is your door open?

If not, it should be.  An open door policy, (essentially a policy through which the employer makes clear to employees that they can and should bring concerns and complaints to human resources or other appropriate managers) may be the difference between substantial legal liability and a relatively prompt resolution of an employee’s ... Read More »

U.S. Mail insufficient for important notices to employees

U.S. Mail insufficient for important notices to employees

Employers may be appalled to learn that their standard practice of simply mailing (and emailing) notices and other important correspondence to employees may be insufficient to satisfy their obligations under various employment laws. Recently, an appellate court held that a former employee’s claim that she never received individual notice defeated the “Mailbox ... Read More »

President Obama issues executive order making it illegal for Federal Government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

President Obama issues executive order making it illegal for Federal Government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order that makes it illegal for federal government contractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246, first issued in 1965, which prohibits federal government contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against ... Read More »

NLRB expanding joint employer standard?

NLRB expanding joint employer standard?

Maybe. Organizations representing a variety of business and labor interests accepted the NLRB’s invitation to weigh in on whether the board should reconsider its standard for determining when organizations are deemed “joint employers.” Teamsters Local 350 requested the NLRB review a decision which found Browning-Ferris and its subcontractor, Leadpoint (which provides employees ... Read More »

Flexible working

Flexible working

In the UK, the right to request flexible working is currently restricted to employees with responsibility for children or those who qualify as carers. From 30 June 2014 all qualifying employees, regardless of whether or not they have care responsibilities, will have the right to make a flexible working request. ... Read More »

High Court holds closely held corporations can avoid contraception mandate for religious reasons

High Court holds closely held corporations can avoid contraception mandate for religious reasons

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and other family owned and closely held for-profit companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans. Hobby Lobby’s owners had objected on the grounds of religious freedom. ... Read More »

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