IAML Insights

December 13, 2018

A: An employer must have one of these to avoid running afoul of discrimination laws when an employee is out on a medical leave of absence.Q: What is an open-ended leave of absence policy?Two employers recently learned this lesson the hard way, care of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Family HealthCare Network will pay $1.75 million...

December 12, 2018

With winter on the way, it is a good time for employers to review the relevant wage and hour laws that can be triggered by inclement weather. Likewise, it is also a good time for employers to ensure their policies comply with these laws when weather causes a temporary workplace interruption. Paying Exempt and Nonexempt Employees During Workplace...

December 11, 2018

Welcome to the future: The year is 2020 and an organized—i.e., unionized trucking company—“L2M2” has announced it is acquiring a convoy of autonomously powered—i.e., “self-driving”—transportation vehicles. Initially, several of the trucks will “platoon” together with the lead vehicle having a safety driver while the others follow without drivers....

December 10, 2018

Better to be prudent with everybody. An article this week in Bloomberg said that men on Wall Street were getting the message about #MeToo. But the message wasn't quite what you might expect. Rather than "Avoid harassment at work," it was "Avoid women at work." Hey, wait a minute! According to the article, "No more dinners with...

December 07, 2018

Friday night, the Hyman clan carried out our annual holiday tradition of watching "Elf." Since much of the story took place in and around various workplaces, this year I decided to watch with an eye towards shareable employment law lessons. Early in the story, Buddy learns the harsh reality that he is not actually an elf, but a human. He learns...

December 06, 2018

We’ve seen it over and over.  Employees, including top sales people, leave their job and start a competing company in the same city.  But they want to take “their” clients with them. In a recent Pennsylvania case, the departing employees left a confederate inside the old employer. The inside man told the old company’s customers (...