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What Employee Accommodations are Required Under the ADA?

I. What are Your Responsibilities as an Employer?The federal American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and many similar state laws require employers to “reasonably” accommodate an otherwise qualified disabled applicant or employee to perform the essential job functions of the position or enjoy equal benefits of employment as similarly situated employees. Similarly, other federal and state ...
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Top Canadian Legal Issues for Brands & Hospitality Companies (Legal Issues You Might Not Know About Canada)

FRANCHISE LAW Similarly to the United States, Canada has pre-sale franchise disclosure laws in six of the 10 provinces in the country, each of which require that a “franchise disclosure document” or “FDD” be provided to a prospective franchisee at least 14 days before a franchise agreement is signed or any consideration is paid in ...
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California Employers Are Not Required To Reimburse Restaurant Workers For The Cost Of Slip-Resistant Shoes Under Labor Code Section 2802

A recent California Court of Appeal decision, Townley v. BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., has further defined the scope of reimbursable business expenses under California Labor Code section 2802, this time in the context of slip-resistant shoes for restaurant workers. A former server filed an action under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), ...
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Hospitality Case Review: The Top 100+ Hospitality Cases That Impacted Us in 2018

Written by Karen Morris, J.D., LL.M. and Diana S. Barber, J.D., CHE, CWP ADA/Standing1. Brito v. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, 2018 WL 317464 (D. Colo., 01/08/2018). Plaintiff is a paraplegic and requires the use of a wheelchair to ambulate. While at defendant hotel he encountered multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ...
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Lasting Effects of the #MeToo Movement

It has been about a year since the #MeToo movement went viral, spreading greater awareness about sexual misconduct and harassment, and, more generally, the role of women, in the workplace. So, where are we now, and has anything changed? Was it just an awareness movement? Or, have things actually started to shift in the legal ...
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California Supreme Court Rejects De Minimis Doctrine for Off-The-Clock Work Claims

On July 26, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a decision entitled Douglas Troester v. Starbucks Corporation, No. S234969, which should be of concern to all California employers. The specific issue was whether, in tracking the compensable time of its non-exempt employees, Starbucks could ignore minutes that they spend closing up after they clock out ...
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Accommodating Pregnancy Under State and Federal Law

Laws requiring both public and private employers to accommodate their pregnant employees have become a trend over the past several years.  Indeed, this past July, Massachusetts became the 22ndstate, along with the District of Columbia, to pass a law that requires an employer to engage in the interactive process and provide an accommodation to a pregnant ...
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Hurricanes Headaches: HR FAQs for Employers

Natural disasters are known for the wreckage and destruction they leave in their wake and the difficulty that follows with recovery. For employers, these difficulties can arise in the form of HR challenges. When employees are affected by disasters, questions about wages, hours, FLMA, benefits, and more can arise. The best way to navigate through ...
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Big Brother or Big Benefit? Weighing the Option of Microchipping Your Employees

A Wisconsin tech company made news in August 2017 for implanting microchips into the hands of willing employees. While it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on this technology and its uses, early adopter employers face many technological unknowns, employee wariness and potential liabilities (not to mention the expense). Benefits for Employers Enhancing company security and ...
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Inconsistent Performance Standards Dooms Defense Case

Over the years, a consistent theme of this column has been that employers need to hold all employees, regardless of protected characteristic, to the same standard in order to avoid even the appearance of discrimination. These are generally “employment words to live by.” Realistically, however, managers often hold more senior employees to a higher standard ...
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