Posts from January 2011.

The first significant Supreme Court pronouncements on employment law are here and both seem tailored to create further litigation.  The first, decided late last week, is NASA v. Nelson, unanimously reversing a 9th Circuit decision that government employment background check questionnaires violated the constitutional right to “information privacy.” 

Most companies that have employment policies use some form of progressive discipline.  That is fine if it’s done the right way.  Unfortunately, in my practice I run across poorly executed and applied progressive discipline policies with alarming regularity.  Here are some thoughts on this subject that are all based on hard lessons learned by employers that I have represented.

I have been following a case concerning an employer’s obligation to protect employee data that has now come to a conclusion with two Ninth Circuit decisions.  Krottner et al. v. Starbucks arose from the 2008 theft of a laptop that contained the unencrypted names, addresses, and Social Security Numbers of approximately 97,000 Starbucks employees.   



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