NLRB Attacking Employee Handbooks

Two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against T-Mobile because their handbook required workers “to maintain a positive work environment by communicating in a manner that is conducive to effective working relationships”, a rule the out-of-control federal agency thought stifled worker rights to engage in concerted activities.  This week we learn, they’ve overturned…

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Ohio Bill Seeks To Ease Employment Discrimination Law

The Ohio legislature is considering a proposal that would clean up and simplify Ohio employment discrimination law.  If passed and signed into law by Governor (and presidential candidate) John Kasich, Senate 268 would reduce the timeframe within which employment discrimination claims would need to be filed from the current 6 year period to one year,…

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New Mexico Upholds Employee Firing for Marijuana

As more states authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the body of law establishing parameters to govern its use becomes more important and far-reaching.  In a recent decision, the termination of an employee in New Mexico who legally used marijuana for a medical condition was upheld by the court.  Notwithstanding that the employee…

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New Year Means New Requirements

With the New Year, also comes a host of new requirements on businesses.  For many states across the nation, the increased minimum wages translate into new employee information posters being required in all businesses.  In other states, changes to different statutes governing employment law may mean that new posters are required even if the wage…

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New Jersey Meeting Next Week

With the seemingly endless array of significant changes to employment law happening around the country, franchise owners are encouraged to stay up to date on their obligations as an employer.  Those of you in New York and New Jersey are reminded that DDIFO will host a member meeting next Tuesday, December 15 at the Doubletree…

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New York Expands Mothers’ Breastfeeding Rights

The state of New York didn’t worry about sodium intake as much as it did the breastfeeding environment for working mothers.  Effective January 1, 2016, S.05183, signed into law by Governor Cuomo just before Thanksgiving, expands the rights working mothers must be granted by their employers.  Federal law requires that breastfeeding mothers be given a…

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Latest NLRB Decision Strikes Arbitration Agreement

The NLRB San Francisco division ruled earlier this week that the Jack-In-The-Box, Inc. arbitration agreement violates the National Labor Relations Act in that as a requirement of employment, it inhibits an employee’s ability to bring a class action suit.   NLRB administrative Judge Mary Miller Cracraft recommends that the provision be either revised or rescinded.  A…

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New Jersey Member Meeting

New York and New Jersey franchise owners will want to mark their calendars for “The 1-2-3s of Employment Law – Hot Topics” on Tuesday, December 15 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport.  The program will feature Attorney Tracy Armstrong, a partner and Executive Director of the firm Davison, Eastman and Munoz.  Ms. Armstrong, who has…

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New Jersey Member Meeting

DDIFO will host its final member meeting of 2015 on Thursday, December 15 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport.  The program will focus on the many dramatic changes in employment law in New Jersey and New York, with emphasis on the above-referenced New York fast food workers $15 an hour wage.  The program will feature…

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Tale of Two Rulings

Employment law issues seem to be monopolizing the headlines of late and this past week was no exception, but one could call the series even in light of two decisions at the federal level.  On the one hand, the federal court upheld the termination of an employee for violating the company’s no-call/no show policy.  The…

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