In this new podcast episode, recent cases and news from the world of Labor & Employment Law will be discussed.

It is a new year and there is a lot going on in the world of employment law. This episode will cover seven (7) issues to keep an eye on in 2024.

On January 9, 2024, the Department of Labor announced that the changes to its independent contractor rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which were proposed last year will go into effect starting March 11, 2024. This new standard rescinds the independent contractor status rule announced in 2021, reverting back to the Department of Labor’s previous interpretation.

In this holiday episode, we take a look back at the biggest employment law issues covered on the podcast in the past year and consider whether employers have been naughty or nice.

With the passage of Issue 2, Ohio becomes the 24th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. An even larger number of states have legalized medical marijuana use. What does this mean for employers in Ohio and in other states that have legalized marijuana on some level? How do these laws impact employers' efforts to maintain a drug-free workplace?

An evergreen issue in employment law is the office romance.  It presents a minefield for employers.  In this episode, 5 points about handling office romances will be considered.

Two new laws have gone into effect in 2023 that require many employers to change their approaches to pregnant and nursing workers. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect in June and requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an “undue hardship.” 

In general, a whistleblower is someone who reports illegal, immoral or unethical behavior that is going on inside an organization. The reason why we in the employment law world care about this is because there are a great many laws that protect employees who “blow the whistle” on their employers. 

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continues to present difficult compliance issues for employers.  In this episode, four FMLA traps that may ensnare unwary employers are discussed, including:

  1. FMLA Coverage Trap(s);
  2. The Termination Upon Return From Leave Trap;
  3. The Indefinite Intermittent Leave Trap; and
  4. The Futile Leave Request Trap.

Listen in and find out how your business can avoid these traps.

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Most people have read about artificial intelligence in the media and many have tried out programs like ChatGPT. Some have even used such programs at school or at work. This raises a question of what employment law issues are implicated by the use of AI. To find out, I asked ChatGPT the following question: “What employment law issues are raised by use of artificial intelligence programs?” ChatGPT dutifully produced a list of seven (7) issues, which I will comment on in this episode. 

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