To be candid, I wasn’t sure who Beyoncé is. While I know a lot about employment law, I often come up short on popular culture. So it’s fortuitous that an employee in Ft. Worth, Texas was fired for attending a Beyoncé concert while she was on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. In addition […]
The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently upheld the termination of a nurse who unintentionally disclosed a patient’s confidential health information while she was conducting a procedure.
The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that an employee was required to honestly answer registration application questions about sealed convictions that were directly and substantially related to his position. Was his failure to disclose the convictions grounds for termination?
Social media in the workplace presents the age-old dilemma: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.
by Hannah Roskey For Canadian employers, navigating the distinction between resignation and termination can be tricky. If an employee resigns, there is no entitlement to severance. If an employee is terminated without cause, the employer is on the hook for termination pay (and possibly severance pay in Ontario and the federal jurisdiction). The recent Alberta […]
The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently heard a dentist’s claim that her discharge constituted age discrimination. What did the court decide?
by Julie Robinson Employees in Canada are usually entitled to receive reasonable notice of termination or pay in lieu of notice unless fired for cause. But if the employees receive pension or sick leave payments during the notice period, are they entitled to both their regular salary in lieu of notice and such pension or […]
In a significant decision that contains lessons for all employers, the Virginia Supreme Court has declined to expand the narrow exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine based on an employer’s violation of public policy when it discharges an employee.
by Michelle Lee Flores The California Court of Appeal threw a solitary bone to Toyota’s director of diversity and inclusion when it reversed a trial court’s dismissal of his sexual orientation discrimination claim. The court of appeal held that the former employee had provided sufficient evidence that a senior manager’s perception that he was “too […]
A recent decision from a California Court of Appeal addressed the issue of whether a worker without a work permit was entitled to minimum wage and overtime protections under federal and state law. Further, the court examined the novel issue of whether lodging and meals provided to an employee may be used to satisfy the […]