Injury data made public on a government website

Beginning this month, January 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires employers to notify the government within 24 hours every time someone gets admitted to the hospital with an injury sustained at work. The government estimates that tens of...

Subway Franchise Facing Lawsuit for Unpaid Overtime

A former Subway employee has filed a lawsuit in Washington D.C. against his former employer for unpaid overtime wages. Erwin Zambrano Moya claims that his employer created fictional workers and put some of his hours worked under these “other employees” to avoid paying...

Violence in the workplace

It is difficult to start the New Year without reflecting on the violent tragedies of the past year: the Newtown, Connecticut shooting; the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings; and the two separate shootings in Wisconsin last September. In fact, since 1982, our country...

Are Employer Arbitration Agreements Still Enforceable?

For a long time now, courts have had a great affection for arbitration agreements. Courts will typically defer to an arbitration agreement and have even held that the question of whether an arbitration agreement governs a particular situation is itself subject to...

'Wage Theft' on the rise since the recession

Since the most recent downturn, a growing number of employers have violated wage and labor laws.  Employers have increasingly denied workers benefits and mandatory overtime pay, according to workers’ advocates.  Some have doctored time sheets and even failed to...

Misuse of Criminal Checks Could Land Employers in Court

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sent a warning to businesses: Conduct criminal background checks at your own risk. Companies that ask job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a felony or check criminal histories could expose themselves to...

Employers Beware: Electronic Overtime Suits Increase

Those smartphones and BlackBerrys that enable work anytime, anywhere are increasingly blurring the lines between work life and personal life introducing the sticky issue of when overtime is owed to employees. The always-connected worker and the pressures of the...

Breach of Employment Contract

Before starting work, employees usually must sign employment contracts. These contracts signify a mutual understanding of salary or wages, job expectations, job titles, and other important issues between employers and employees. Both parties are expected to uphold the...