A significant generator of employment litigation is poorly handled terminations. Whether your approach to litigation is to fight on principle or settle cases, a well executed termination will minimize settlement values and/or make a case more defensible. Of course, it is impossible to eliminate the threat of litigation no matter how well you do things but over the long haul, doing terminations the right way is a sound strategy to limit exposure.
As we start a new year, here are 5 things employers may want to consider to avoid trouble:
1. COVID-19 Plans - You probably have a plan in place but this is a good time to take stock of how it is working. Also, employers need to consider what to do about vaccine policies as the vaccines become more widely available. Finally, the FFCRA leave has expired as of 12/31/20 but employers may continue to offer leave through March 2021 - consider whether this makes sense for your business.
2. Independent Contractors - How is your business using independent contractors? Are thy properly classified as ...
As the President and Congress continue to debate the status of a new stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one question on a lot of employers’ minds is what will happen to the status of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). As discussed previously on this blog, the FFCRA was passed in the early days of the pandemic as employers and employees faced uncertainty over how to respond to transmission of the virus, quarantine orders, and school closures. The FFCRA created two new types of paid benefits—a paid sick leave benefit and a paid emergency Family ...
The big news in the employment law world this week is the EEOC has issued its long awaited guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations and the ADA, including guidance on mandatory vaccination policies. Here are the key points:
Non-compete agreements are always a hot topic when employees move around a lot and due to COVID-19, a lot of employers have had reductions in force this year. As a result, we’ve seen an uptick in questions about non-competes. In the typical case, an employee leaves one employer for a new employer and the former employer believes that the employee is violating his or her non-compete agreement. Thus, in any non-compete case, there are three possible parties: 1) the former employer; 2) the employee; and 3) the new employer.
Each of these parties may make mistakes that interfere with their ...
Attorney Mark Chumley provides practical insights into the challenges facing businesses today. Employment at-will is the default rule in almost every state. Where did it come from, what does it mean and what does it do for employers today?
Attorney Mark Chumley provides practical insights into the challenges facing businesses today. You've probably heard about COVID-19 immunity laws being passed but how much protection do they really provide for employers? Also, did you ever wonder where the phrase "You're fired" came from?
Attorney Mark Chumley provides practical insights into the challenges facing businesses today. If you are planning a reduction in force (RIF) in the current business and legal environment, there are several factors to be considered.
We are excited to announce the launch of the Practical Employment Law Podcast, a new podcast for managers, business owners, human resources professionals, attorneys and anyone else interested in learning about the employment law challenges facing businesses today. Each episode will be brief – 10 or 15 minutes – and focused on one issue discussed in practical terms, ending with a takeaway or two. The podcast is hosted by Mark Chumley and new episodes will come out at least a couple of times per month.
You can find the podcast here or wherever you normally get podcasts. If you ...
Between COVID-19 and social unrest, this year has seen many reservists and other members of the military called to active duty. Unfortunately, military leave seems to be an issue with which even sophisticated employers struggle. While not an exhaustive list, here are five things for employers to bear in mind about military leave.
- USERRA is extremely broad. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which protects civilian employment of military personnel, is very broad. Unlike most employment laws, it applies to almost all employers regardless of ...
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