Jul
5
2005
Insight

Leave it Out? Family and Medical Leave Act Claims May No Longer be Waived by a General Release

Based on the recent decision in Taylor v. Progress Energy, No. 04-1525 (4th Cir. July 20, 2005), the
  • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation

Jul
1
2005
Insight

DOOCES WILD: How Employers Can Survive the New Technological Poker Game of Employee Blogging

"dooced: to lose one's job because of one's website."---The Urban DictionaryWelcome to the employers'
  • Workplace Privacy and Data Security

Jun
30
2005
Insight

OSHA Seeks to Step Up Enforcement of Criminal Penalties

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making it clear that in 2005 and 2006 it
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)

Jun
29
2005
Insight

The California Supreme Court Leaves a Window of Opportunity for Class Action Waiver Clauses in Employment Arbitration Agreements

On June 27, 2005, the California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Discover Bank v. Superior
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Class Actions

Jun
26
2005
Insight

Still Tied in Knots: An Employer Update On Same-Sex Marriage And Domestic Partner Issues

Across the nation, the legal landscape for domestic partnerships and same-sex marriage keeps changing.
  • Employee Benefits
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

Jun
18
2005
Insight

First Circuit Provides Guidance to Employers Who Wish to Communicate Contractual Arrangements to Their Employees

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit considered what notice is adequate
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

Jun
15
2005
Insight

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Signs Legislation Allowing Non-Attorneys to Represent Corporate Employers in Unemployment Compensation Proceedings

This ASAP updates the prior ASAP (No Substitutes Please: Pennsylvania Non-Lawyers Barred From Representing
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

Jun
8
2005
Insight

Texas Reforms Its Workers' Compensation System

On June 1, 2005, Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 7 (HB7), which provides for sweeping changes to
  • Workers' Compensation

Jun
8
2005
Insight

Employers Exhale: United States Supreme Court Medical Marijuana Decision Aids Employer Anti-Drug Programs

Employer drug and alcohol abuse prevention and testing programs recently received a boost when the U.S.
  • Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA & MSHA)
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination
  • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks

Jun
6
2005
Insight

IRS Allows Employers to Provide Grace Period for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

On May 18, 2005, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2005-42 which permits employers to adopt
  • Employment Taxes
  • Employee Benefits

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