Tag: lawsuits

5 Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence Resulting from Termination

Usually after a termination, the first thing an angry former employee does is call an employment lawyer. Over the past few decades however, a growing number of disgruntled employees instead return and inflict bodily injury—or worse—on their former bosses or those the employee feels is responsible for his or her termination.

Be Prepared for The Worst Case Scenario – Workplace Violence

With workplace violence attacks becoming more prevalent in the US, organizations need to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Attacks in the workplace average three deaths and up to 12 injuries per attack, and lawsuits average $500,000 with jury awards averaging $3 million. Worse yet, the loss of friends and colleagues in the workplace is devastating…and […]

Some Say the DOL Exceeded Its Authority

Yesterday we looked at how half of the states and some employer interest groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Today, we present more details of their complaints and what it could mean for employers.

Please Sue Me 2016

Special from SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition Mr. Please Sue Me, aka Hunter Lott, one of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) top-rated speakers, entertained the large audience in his inimitable style, while providing many practical tips and suggestions for avoiding lawsuits.

ERISA’s Impact on Data Breach Lawsuits

By Sandra R. Mihok, member, Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law Health insurance companies have increasingly become the target of cyberattacks, a trend which has spurred a wave of class action lawsuits brought by individuals whose personal information has been breached.

California Uber Driver Update

It’s been a common question in California courts—when should a worker be classified as an independent contractor? Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber will continue to be independent contractors under the terms of a settlement of class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts if the settlement receives court approval.

Training On Employee Meal Break Rules Can Help Avoid Legal Trouble

Supervisors who ask employees to perform work during unpaid meal periods could be putting their employer at risk for a wage and hour lawsuit. However, training can help educate supervisors about federal and state law regarding the compensability of meal periods and, in the process, minimize the risk of such lawsuits.


10 Sins of Well-Meaning Supervisors

Sometimes it seems as though there are a thousand ways supervisors and managers—with the best of intentions—can practically beg for a lawsuit. We’ve distilled it down into 10 major sins you can talk to your supervisors about (and you might as well include your managers). Sin #1. Making Unlawful Preemployment Inquiries That’s an interesting accent […]

The proof is in the paper trail

by Julie A. Arbore One of the most effective ways an employer can shield itself from liability when faced with an allegation of discrimination is to be able to support the legitimacy of the challenged employment decision with documentation. While this advice may sound simple and obvious, all too often an employee’s personnel file fails […]