NLRB Finds "At Will" Disclaimers in Employee Handbook to be Legal

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
11/02/2012
On October 31, 2012, the NLRB did something it has not done too often in recent years: it delivered some good news to employers.  In two Memoranda from the Board’s Division of Advice, the Board found “at will” disclaimers  in employee handbooks to be lawful.   In so doing, the Board contrasted the disclaimers with one that was struck down  by an Administrative Law Judge in February. The issue presented by the disclaimers is whether or not...
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New Jersey Employers Have A New Posting Requirement

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
10/19/2012
The New Jersey State Assembly has amended the New Jersey Equal Pay Act to require employers with 50 or more employees to “conspicuously post” a notice of employees’ rights to be free from gender discrimination with respect to wages, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.  The new posting requirement is scheduled to take effect November 21, 2012.  The New Jersey Department of Labor, however, still needs to...
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New York Expands Scope of Permissible Employer Deductions from Wages

For almost 50 years, New York has had one of the most restrictive state laws on deductions from wages.  Under Labor Law Section 193, wage deductions were permissible only when required by law or limited to “payments for insurance premiums, pension or health or welfare benefits, contributions to charitable organizations, payments for United States bonds, payments for dues or assessments to a labor organization, and similar payments for the benefit...
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NLRB Places New Restrictions on Social Media Policies

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
09/14/2012
As readers of this blog know, the National Labor Relations Board’s Acting General Counsel has had employer social media policies in his proverbial crosshairs for the past 18 months. Over that time period, the Acting General Counsel issued three Reports outlining his views on the legality of employer social media policies, generally finding them to be unlawful when the policy used generalized language to prohibit employees from making critical...
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Will Target Hiring and Recruitment Discrimination

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
09/10/2012
On September 4, 2012, the EEOC released its Draft Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2012-2016, and identified numerous high priority agenda items for the Plan.  Chasing systemic recruiting and hiring discrimination will be the agency’s first priority, and specifically identified pre-employment tests, background screens and date of birth screens in online applications as employment practices of particular interest. Its second priority is protecting...
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