The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently heard a dentist’s claim that her discharge constituted age discrimination. What did the court decide?
In a significant decision that contains lessons for all employers, the Virginia Supreme Court has declined to expand the narrow exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine based on an employer’s violation of public policy when it discharges an employee.
A recent decision from a California Court of Appeal addressed the issue of whether a worker without a work permit was entitled to minimum wage and overtime protections under federal and state law. Further, the court examined the novel issue of whether lodging and meals provided to an employee may be used to satisfy the […]
When an employee is terminated due to “gross misconduct,” the termination is not considered a qualifying event, and an employer does not have to offer Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage to the ex-employee (or his or her covered spouse or dependents). Neither the statute, legislative history, nor regulations specifically define the term “gross […]
In 2013, Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation law was amended, creating a two-tiered system for determining when an employee is disqualified from receiving benefits. The first tier, disqualifying an employee terminated for misconduct, has been the standard for more than 75 years. The second tier, which became effective January 5, 2014, disqualifies an employee terminated for “substantial […]
Severance benefits are payments made to employees upon termination of employment caused by events that are beyond their control, such as workforce reductions, plant closings, company takeovers, and mergers. Severance benefits are sometimes offered to encourage early retirement or voluntary resignation, or to discourage terminated employees from suing an employer.
We tend to take some things for granted. Well, actually, a lot of things. Here’s one: the presumption of at-will status in Texas. Yes, all employees are presumed to be employed at will, but don’t forget that a presumption is rebuttable. The court of appeals in Dallas recently provided a reminder.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard a claim from a former Waste Management employee. The former employee claims he was discriminated against under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). How did the 6th Circuit rule? Facts “Justin” was hired by […]
The 6th Circuit Court—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently heard an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) “interference” claim. The employee allegedly threatened a supervisor who issued him a disciplinary write-up over an absence he thought was covered by the FMLA. Did the alleged misconduct halt the FMLA process?
In part one of this article, I addressed the benefits of offering paid vacation to your employees. While offering vacation isn’t required under federal law—once an employer has made the decision to offer vacation time—local state laws and court decisions can come into play. State laws addressing vacation typically fall into three categories—those that prohibit […]