Tag: Liability

10th Circuit Rejects Harassment Charges, Revives Premises Liability Claim

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all New Mexico employers) recently affirmed the summary dismissal of a sexual harassment discrimination lawsuit against a pipeline construction company and a pipeline operator’s successor-in-interest but sent the related premises liability claim back to the lower court.

Tips for Managing Discharge Risks

Employment decisions can be difficult. Which applicant do we hire? Should we grant this employee’s request for leave? What type of discipline do we impose on a particular worker? Each decision carries varying degrees of risk. One of the riskiest decisions you’ll face will be whether to discharge a particular employee. Before making the decision, […]

Ruling Helps Employers Ending Union Pension Funding

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Michigan employers) recently issued a long-awaited decision about the appropriateness of interest rate assumptions used by union pension funds to calculate withdrawal liability. The court affirmed a district court’s opinion holding the Ohio Operating Engineers Pension Fund’s use of the “Segal Blend” violated the Employee Retirement […]

COVID-19

WV Jobs Protection Act Reopens Doors by Shielding Liability for COVID-19

From layoffs to leave laws, mandated vaccinations to limitations on services or materials, almost every business has been affected by COVID-19 in some way over the last year. The concern that has been top of mind for nearly all employers, however, is how to keep your employees safe from the virus and your business safe […]

Amazon Studios’ The Boys Illustrates Potential Vicarious Liability for Employers

Warning: Contains spoilers for Amazon Studios’ The Boys. Within the past week or so, I started to watch an Amazon Studios television series called The Boys. Based on a comic book series of the same name, The Boys posits a world in which superheroes—referred to as “supes”—exist and are in the employ of global conglomerate […]

descriptions

Job Descriptions: Worth Doing or a Tedious Waste of Time?

Job descriptions—usually seen as just another task on the to-do list for HR professionals—are generally an underused resource. But you can rely on them for a variety of reasons, including recruiting, performance reviews, reasonable accommodations, and employee classification.

Magnum, SMH

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently.  Here’s a quick hit in case you don’t want to follow the link: Bachelor partygoers decided they would take in a baseball game in Detroit between the Tigers and the Chicago White […]

Employer-sponsored social events: Don’t let liability risks scorch your summer fun

by Angela N. Johnson Summertime usually brings warm, sunny days for making fun-filled memories. For employers, it can be a time for company-organized social events, such as picnics, baseball games, or competitive recreational activities. This article identifies ways to minimize any potential liability arising from such activities.  Social events and alcohol consumption Several states have […]

Project manager sentenced to 3.5-year jail term in Metron swing stage collapse

by Norm Keith, Christina Hall, and Shane Todd “… [A] significant term of imprisonment is necessary to reflect the terrible consequences of the offences and to make it unequivocally clear that persons in positions of authority in potentially dangerous workplaces have a serious obligation to take all reasonable steps to ensure that those who arrive […]