Tag: lawsuits

COVID-19

Trending Now: New Jersey Employees Filing COVID-19 Complaints

The pandemic brought pandemonium to many New Jersey workplaces. With the second-largest outbreak in the country (behind only New York) and being the most densely populated state, New Jersey was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, giving rise to a number of employee lawsuits.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Training: ‘Hacking’ Your Own Employees

Cybersecurity threats aren’t just concerns for national governments. They can and do impact countries of all sizes. Whether they are intended to steal sensitive corporate secrets, steal payment information, or disrupt service and take down websites, cyber-risks can pose significant financial, regulatory, and logistical challenges for businesses of all sizes.

Gig

Hourly Workers Do Not Understand the Difference Between W-2 and 1099 Classifications

Late last year, California passed Assembly Bill 5—otherwise known as AB5—that makes it harder to classify workers as independent contractors. The new law, which is currently on hold pending on the outcomes of several lawsuits filed by California businesses, would move some gig workers to employees and entitle them to benefits like sick leave, unemployment […]

firing

Lawsuit Alert: Most Feel Their Termination Was Unjust

Part of ordinary business operations involves letting employees go. How you let them go and, perhaps more importantly, how they feel about being let go can have a large impact on what happens next. You don’t have to be an expert to understand that when former employees feel their termination was unjust, they are far […]

language

NLRB Seeks Opinions on How Far Protection for Foul Language at Work Should Go

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) request for input on protection for employees who engage in profane and offensive speech signals that it may be considering a change in the factors it considers when determining if an individual’s comments go beyond what’s protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Don’t Count those Chickens Just Yet: Case Reborn after Dismissal

In the following case, a procedural error resulted in the dismissal of two employees’ claims against their employer. However, one of the employees saw her case revived after the other employee abandoned her claim while the issue was being appealed.

Employee Fails at Thinking Outside the Bun in Suit Against Taco Bell

Taco Bell permits employees to buy a reduced-price meal but requires them to eat the meal in the restaurant. Does that turn what would otherwise be an unpaid meal break into paid time? No, according to a recent decision from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all California employers).

leadership

When Can You Say No to Religious Garb in the Workplace?

If your employee’s religious clothing poses a potential safety risk, you can tell them to not wear it, right? Though that might seem logical from a safety perspective, managers need to concern themselves with a discrimination and compliance perspective as well. As is so often the case, the matter is complicated, and some consideration of […]