Tag: damages

Fire Department Still Has to Pay $545K in Front-Pay

Sticks and stones may break some bones, but harassment can hurt forever.” So begins the appellate opinion of Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson in Franchina v. City of Providence. In elegant though shocking prose, the judge recounts the trial court’s disturbing findings regarding the harassing conduct the employee in this case was subjected to during her […]

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Fair Credit Reporting Act—Employment Law Basics

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does far more than regulate the exchange of consumer credit information. You need to understand how it applies to employees and applicants in order to ensure compliance. Below is a general summary of your FCRA obligations.

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Vacation Pay Lawsuit Takes Excursion to Appellate Court and Back

Winnebago County, Illinois recently attempted to avoid a claim for accrued but unpaid vacation pay under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) by invoking the 1-year statute of limitations in the Illinois Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Read on to learn whether the Tort Immunity Act gives a break to […]

New Connecticut law makes wage infractions more dangerous

by John Herrington A new Connecticut law taking effect October 1 requires courts to award double damages plus court costs and attorneys’ fees for most employee wage claims. Under the new law—Public Act 15-86, the “Act Concerning an Employer’s Failure to Pay Wages”—a court must award, as a baseline default, double damages plus court costs […]

Unfixing a fixed-term contract

by Eowynne Noble In a recent good-news decision, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice shed new light on how damages should be awarded if a fixed-term contract is terminated early and the termination provision is unenforceable.

New Tennessee wrongful discharge law favorable to employers

by David Johnson A new Tennessee law going into effect on July 1 puts a cap on damages employees can collect in wrongful termination claims. Public Chapter 995 affects the Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA), the Tennessee Public Protection Act (TPPA), and the Tennessee Disability Act (TDA). The new law imposes a cap on compensatory […]

Tennessee legislation will amend THRA, TPPA

by David L. Johnson On May 13, the Tennessee General Assembly passed House Bill 1954/Senate Bill 2126, which will significantly amend the Tennessee Human Rights Act (THRA) and the Tennessee Public Protection Act (TPPA) in a manner favorable to employers. Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign the bill later this month. Once signed, it […]

Turn back the clock

Last week, I had occasion to return to Chicago, which was my stomping grounds for nearly a decade in the 1990s and early 2000s. While I was there, I spent time with a former colleague, reminiscing about the good old days. We were both still in our 20s when we began working together nearly 20 […]

More mysteries of mitigation

by Karen Sargeant and Clayton Jones Last week, we reported on the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Bowes v. Goss Power Products Ltd., which found that an employee does not have a duty to mitigate where an employment contract contains a fixed severance entitlement but no express requirement to mitigate. The Court of Appeal […]