Tag: employer liability

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, the Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment spanning decades. More and more women have been coming forward since the story broke to accuse […]

Solar eclipse presents opportunities for fun at work, but be careful

Much of the country will go dark in the middle of the day on August 21 during the solar eclipse, but employers shouldn’t be in the dark about the opportunities – and a few risks – the event presents. Although all of the United States will experience at least a partial eclipse, not all will […]

Having AED at your workplace can save lives, shield you from liability

by Jeremy Thompson The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. People who have heart disease are at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), but a person who appears healthy and has no known heart disease or other risk factors can also suffer SCA. According to the U.S. Department of […]

On the ball? Employee wants to bring her own seat to work

by Jennifer Suich Frank Q One of our employees brought a large ball to work and is using it instead of her company-provided chair. She says it’s better for her back, but she doesn’t have a back problem. She states that she’s using it proactively. Do we have the right to require her to use […]

New Tennessee law allows guns in trunks at work

by Kara E. Shea A new Tennessee law clearing up two years of confusion related to whether employers can enforce no-weapons policies goes into effect July 1. Gun-rights advocates have prevailed. The new law prohibits employers from firing employees for complying with Tennessee’s “guns in trunks” statute, which was passed in 2013. That law states […]

Who is a “supervisor”? Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling sides with employers

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today held that an employee is considered a supervisor under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only if the employer gave him or her the authority to take tangible employment actions (such as hiring, demoting, or disciplining) against the complaining employee. The employee in […]

Tennessee House passes guns-in-cars bill

Update: On March 14, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 0142, which allows person with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions.  by Kara Shea and Sara Anne Quinn On Thursday, the […]

Once ‘Moore’ with feeling: ‘Twas the Month of December—Again!

by Vanessa L. Goddard ‘Twas the month of December, we’re early this year, To plan against surprises as Christmas draws near. In the past HR handled parties and drinking. “What could possibly happen?” you might be thinking. Our vets have come home this year—to their positions. We’ve worked with our employees’ many transitions. Taken care […]

Don’t research and drive – “Andy’s Ancestry”

Andy and Nellie’s feud continued in last night’s episode (“Andy’s Ancestry”) and Nellie’s revenge strategy was actually kind of funny. In response to Andy’s directive to research his (and eventually everyone else’s) ancestry, Nellie made up various historical figures that were supposedly related to the staff members. Andy was initially excited to learn about his shared […]