Secondments: What employers should consider

What is a secondment? Secondments involve temporarily transferring an employee from one organization to another. The employee performs work for the host organization but remains employed only by the transferring (or “home”) organization. This arrangement can help organizations fill positions, find uncommon skill sets, engage staff and reduce attrition. Secondments can be done domestically or … Continue reading

11th Circuit decides Retaliation Protections do not Protect Prior Misconduct

In a recent decision, Nazarie Anderson v. Emory Healthcare Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Emory Healthcare Inc. (Emory), who had defended against a former employee’s retaliation claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 … Continue reading

9th Circuit Says NLRB Can Order Employer to Pay Union’s Legal Fees Incurred in Collective Bargaining

The National Labor Relations Act (Act) states that it is an unfair labor practice for an employer to refuse to bargain collectively with its employee representatives (i.e. a union). Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit confirmed that when this happens, an employer may have to reimburse its union the legal … Continue reading

Employer Feedback Wanted: New York To Update its Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

The State of New York is looking to strengthen its existing laws concerning the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. To do so, the Department of Labor (DOL) is calling on New Yorkers to submit their feedback, which may be provided online before September 20, 2022. Currently, employers in New York are required to … Continue reading

When responding to a union’s request for information, employers should look before they leap

A recent National Labor Relations Board decision, General Aire Systems, Inc. (371 NLRB No. 120), reminds employers of some pitfalls they may face when handling a union’s request for information, and steps that may be taken to minimize associated legal risks. By way of background, when a union has a collective bargaining relationship with an … Continue reading

La constitutionnalité de la vaccination obligatoire imposée aux employés du secteur du transport maritime, ferroviaire et aérien sous juridiction fédérale

Dans la décision Syndicat des métallos, section locale 2008 et al. c. Procureur général du Canada et al.[1], la Cour supérieure s’est prononcée sur la constitutionnalité de certains arrêtés du ministre des Transports du Canada ordonnant notamment la vaccination obligatoire des employés du secteur du transport maritime, ferroviaire et aérien sous juridiction fédérale. Il s’agit … Continue reading

New York State bill raises the stakes for employer safety liability: lifts caps on restitution and imposes significant fines for workplace deaths and injuries

A New York State bill, “Carlos’ Law”, is currently before Governor Hochul for signing, after having been passed both by the Senate and Assembly. The bill’s Sponsor Memo states that its purpose is “to protect workers from corporations and their agents that fail to comply with safety protocols. . .” and recalls that more than … Continue reading

Part Year workers holiday not pro-rated

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed the appeal in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel which considered the holiday entitlement of those workers who are on permanent contracts but only work for part of the year (part year workers). The claimant was a part-time music teacher who worked variable number of hours during … Continue reading

Philosophical and religious beliefs: Balancing the issues

Two recent employment cases regarding “gender critical” beliefs have highlighted the difficulties in this area and whether such beliefs are capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010. Religion or belief is one of the nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.  The Act prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in … Continue reading

Attirer ou conserver ses employés avec la mise en place de nouveaux avantages sociaux : attention aux obligations fiscales

La pénurie de main d’œuvre que connaît le Québec depuis quelques années force les employeurs à user d’imagination afin d’offrir à leurs employés des avantages sociaux leur permettant d’être attrayants vis-à-vis la concurrence. Cependant, ces avantages octroyés aux employés ne doivent pas être considérés comme étant seulement une dépense d’entreprise. Effectivement, dans la plupart des … Continue reading