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Category Archives: Employment Law

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Arbitration or Lawsuit – Employment Disputes – Where Will Your Business Be?

Carol Keough June 20, 2013

The business owner can often make the choice between arbitration or lawsuit.  Where do you want to be if there is a dispute with one of your employees?  In litigating employment cases, I have stood before a jury of twelve people and watched their reaction to the story of an employee who was allegedly terminated… Continue Reading »

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The Runny Egg Saga

Carol Keough June 6, 2013

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on May 17, 2013 decided whether the Department of Human Services (DHHS) decision could stand that smeared egg yolk on a plate meant eggs were unsafe to serve to elderly residents.  In employment law and many other areas of federal law, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is like… Continue Reading »

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Corporate Disaster? – Taco Bell Employee Licking Taco Shells

Trisha Barita June 5, 2013

First off, I love tacos and they are a Texas staple that can be found all over from the taqueria stands, fancy food trucks to the tons of Tex-Mex Restaurants. That being said, it’s a bad week for taco shells.  Taco Bell is in the news for the alleged Taco Bell taco shells that were photographed being licked by… Continue Reading »

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Terminating Female Employee for Pumping Breast Milk Is Sex Discrimination

Carol Keough May 31, 2013

Both Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prevent an employer from firing an employee for pumping breast milk during working hours according to a new decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided on May 30, 2013, called EEOC v. Houston Funding II.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit against Houston… Continue Reading »

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Tips to Finding a Resolution For Scent Disabilities

Carol Keough May 20, 2013

Everyday somewhere in the United States an employee asks his employer for a reasonable accomodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  When the Act was amended, disabilities were more broadly interpreted to include employees who have allergic reactions including breathing and coughing problems when exposed to a variety of fragrances or other chemical scents… Continue Reading »

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Investigating Supervisor Wrongdoing

Carol Keough April 12, 2013

One of the biggest mistakes that an employer can make is failing to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation when a supervisor is accused of wrongdoing by an employee.  In many years of consultations with employers, I have found that companies often rely on Human Resources to provide the unbiased review of supervisor conduct to… Continue Reading »

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Marijuana Invading your Employment Law Policies?

Trisha Barita April 5, 2013

A new survey released by the Pew Institute shows that for the first time in four decades of polling, the majority of Americans (52%) are in favor of legalizing the use of marijuana.  As of the writing of this article, eighteen states have legalized some form of pot as shown in Rolling Stone’s Nifty Pot Map of the… Continue Reading »

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Supreme Court Sinks Comcast Class Action

Carol Keough April 5, 2013

Philadelphia customers sued Comcast Corporation arguing Comcast’s complete control over cable service in parts of Philadelphia allowed Comcast to raise prices unfairly.  The customers had several different theories as to how they were harmed by Comcast’s monopoly of the cable service business.  The United States Supreme Court held the customers were not a proper class… Continue Reading »

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Fired Employee loses to Employer on Arbitration Clause

Carol Keough April 2, 2013

Gary Klein worked as a floor hand on a drilling rig for Nabors Drilling USA L.P. (Nabors).  Nabors asked him to sign an acknowledgment, as a condition of his employment, that he would agree to bring all disputes through the Nabors Dispute Resolution Program (Program).  At some point Nabors fired Mr. Klein.  Believing that he was fired… Continue Reading »

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CVS Employee Policy – Weigh In or Pay Monthly Fine

Trisha Barita March 26, 2013

Employer CVS’s new policy for its employees using the company health insurance is that they see a physician for a health screening disclosing their weight, height, BMI and other health info or face a $50/monthly penalty ($600/year).  Although wellness programs have been around for awhile, this sheds new light on how an employer is using a penalty to… Continue Reading »

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