HR firm pays for basic wage-and-hour mistake

A California HR outsourcing firm must pay more than $1 million in back overtime wages to hundreds of employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found widespread Fair Labor Standards Act violations.

Supreme Court backs cop demoted over city politics

The free-speech rights of government employees got a boost April 25 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that it’s illegal to demote or fire a public servant for supporting a particular politician.

Beware knee-jerk firing after FMLA leave

Employees who return from FMLA leave may not be fully healed. They may, in fact, have developed serious enough medical problems to be disabled under the ADA.

Wolf issues executive orders combating LGBT discrimination

Gov. Tom Wolf grew tired of waiting for the state legislature to send him a bill adding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people to the protected classes listed in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Court losing patience with baseless lawsuits

Increasingly, courts have been tossing out cases early on when it’s clear the former employee isn’t sure exactly what she thinks the employer did, but just assumes it was some sort of discrimination.

Discharge for racial slur upheld in Philadelphia's ongoing Fox 29 lawsuit

In a notorious case involving a Philadelphia TV station, a reporter who used a racial slur during an editorial meeting has lost his bid to overturn a jury’s decision that his firing was not racially based.

Company activities heavy on religious content? Better pray you don't wind up in court

Evangelical fervor can cause legal trouble if an employer requires employees to participate in religious practices or activities as a condition of continued employment.

PO'd telemarketers get relief on bathroom breaks

A telemarketing company will have to pay $1.75 million to 6,000 employees after a federal judge ruled the company’s policy of making employees clock out to go to the bathroom violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Disability: It's never a joking matter

Supervisors must understand that they have a responsibility to stop harassment immediately and take steps to prevent it from recurring.

Halting internal probe pending EEOC action isn't retaliation

Employees who simultaneously file an EEOC charge and an internal complaint usually can’t win a retaliation claim just because their internal complaint was put on hold pending the outcome of the EEOC claim.

No free speech protection when speaking out is just part of government worker's job

Unlike employees in the private sector, government workers have the right to speak out on matters of public importance without being punished for doing so.

Prove good faith on ADA accommodations by tracking how worker responds to offers

Be sure to track employee accommodation offer responses to show lack of cooperation.

Intra- or interstate? It matters for OT suit

Drivers who deliver merchandise via interstate commerce aren’t covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, but by the Motor Carrier Act.

Favoritism may be defensible, still a bad idea

A manager playing favorites does not automatically mean a lost lawsuit, but it can still be problematic.

Uber settles lawsuit for $100M, retains contractor status

The popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement with its drivers in California and Massachusetts that preserves independent contractor status, but gives some new job protections.
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