Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Are Maximum Leave Policies Legal?
An employer has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The EEOC alleged that the employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by applying its 12-month maximum leave policy “inflexibly” and discharging workers who could not return from medical leave after 12 months.  The EEOC’s position in this case raises the question: Do maximum leave policies violate the ADA?

DOJ Officially Shelves Long-Planned Title III Website Regulations
In what could prove to be a mixed bag for employers, the Department of Justice (DOJ) officially has shelved once-planned website accessibility regulations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The decision should put to rest—for now—speculation that the Trump-era DOJ will enforce Title III’s provisions against companies whose websites are not accessible by screen-reader technology.

North Carolina Cracks Down on Employee Misclassification
Most employers are familiar with legal issues surrounding the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors.  Until recently, these discussions centered primarily around the decision on how a worker should be classified.  Based on recent legislation in North Carolina, however, that conversation is shifting to account for the greater potential fallout from worker misclassification.

Employment Law Quarterly Breakfast Briefings: Hot Topics in Cybersecurity and Employee Privacy
The third briefing in our Quarterly Breakfast Briefing series for 2017 will focus on hot topics in cybersecurity and employee privacy.  During this briefing, speakers from our Employment and Labor Law Group and from Nextra Solutions will address these topics, among others:

• Recent cyber events—what happened and why
• The importance of policies on information governance and IT security
• Training employees on how to recognize internal and external data security risks 
• Balancing electronic surveillance with employee privacy rights
• Data threats presented by email, social media, cell phones, and other business tools
• Best practices for preventing and responding to data breach incidents

Click here for more information and to RSVP at one of seven locations.

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