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November L&E Update from Baker Donelson

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Firm Contacts:
Kathlyn Perez, Phyllis G. Cancienne, Robert C. Divine
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This Thanksgiving, employees will be grateful for laws requiring mandatory paid sick leave. At the same time, employers may not be so thankful for the NLRB's critical eye on their employee handbooks, or OSHA's increased scrutiny of and penalties levied for safety violations. But we can all plan to let down our hair at the upcoming holiday office parties…or can we?

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws on the Rise

Emma Reddeneredden@bakerdonelson.com

Several states and cities across the county have passed laws requiring employers to provide its employees with paid sick leave. But there is much disagreement over whether the laws will actually serve the purpose for which they are intended or just end up penalizing employers. More...

Words Matter: D.C. Circuit Upholds (in part) NLRB's Ruling on Hyundai Handbook Policies

Kathryn Hintonkhinton@bakerdonelson.com

A recent opinion from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the importance of word choice in employee handbook policies. Employers beware!  More...

Words Matter: D.C. Circuit Upholds (in part) NLRB's Ruling on Hyundai Handbook Policies

Kathryn Hintonkhinton@bakerdonelson.com

A recent opinion from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the importance of word choice in employee handbook policies. Employers beware!  More...

Seriously, It's Time to Take Safety Seriously

Jodi Taylorjtaylor@bakerdonelson.com

The Federal government is engaging tough measures to ensure corporations take safety seriously. Increased penalties and extended time frames before reduction of those penalties can be considered are just two of the measures OSHA has implemented, and the judicial system is increasingly holding management responsible for incidents that happen under their watch. More...

Eat, Drink and Be Wary … The Aftermath of Holiday Parties is Not So Merry

Dena Sokolowdsokolow@bakerdonelson.com

With the merriment of the holiday season, many employers celebrate the year's accomplishments and thank their employees by throwing a holiday party. Unfortunately, the holiday cheer, coupled with a cocktail or two (or three) and being away from work often results in employees engaging in some "reindeer games" that may result in liability for the employer.  More...

Two Important Developments in Tennessee Courts

Buck Lewisblewis@bakerdonelson.com

We are following two important developments for businesses operating in Tennessee, one substantive and one of procedural significance:

L&E Compass

Over at our blog, learn about California's equal pay protections and get a look at the Fifth Circuit and NLRB disagreement over arbitration agreements. And the Sixth Circuit says that "honest belief" of FMLA misuse may not be enough to defeat FMLA interference claims. Check it out.