Pathway to Equality: Court Concludes Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula April 6, 2017 On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appeals court to hold that a person who alleges that she experienced employment discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation has stated a claim of sex discrimination under Title VII. […]

BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com The manager of a fast food restaurant in Missouri has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the December 2016 suicide of a teenaged worker she supervised. The felony complaint alleges that the manager’s bullying of the teen contributed to the young man’s tragic decision to end his […]

You Can’t Say That: Labor Board Strikes Down Rules Limiting Employee Speech

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) found that an employee could not be terminated because he had warned a co-worker that the co-worker might be fired. Rather, the NLRB held that the employee’s termination-and the employer’s handbook policies upon which that termination was based-violated the […]

Reasonable Work Accommodation Requests – An Employer’s Checklist

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com When an employee with a disability requests an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of his or her job, the employer has the responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act to clarify what the employee needs and to identify the appropriate reasonable accommodation which will enable the employee […]

Background Checks: Employers Beware! And Employees, Know Your Rights!

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire lmikula@dioriosereni.com Conducting background checks on prospective and current employees can help an employer maintain a productive workforce. Except for certain restrictions relating to medical and genetic information, it is not illegal for an employer to ask questions of an employee or applicant regarding his or her work history, education, criminal […]

Oh, Snap! Beware of the Dangers of Snapchat

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By: Robert B. George, Esquire rgeorge@dioriosereni.com   Word to the wise, be careful what you are posting and/or sharing on Social Media these days as it could very well come back to haunt and hurt you – including being used as evidence against you in civil and/or criminal matters. Today’s exploding Social Media is revolutionizing […]

Breaking News: More Salaried Employees Are Entitled To Overtime Pay

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire plee@dioriosereni.com The U.S. Department of Labor released its final rule today under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) which doubles the threshold at which employees are exempt from overtime pay to $47,476, effective December 1, 2016. Clock with work overtime text 3d render What does this mean? It means that employees […]

The Top Four Business Practices to Help Avoid a Lawsuit

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By:    Matthew H. Fry, Esquire   mfry@dioriosereni.com Lawsuits are unfortunately part of doing business. However, there are ways to minimize litigation by preventing lawsuits altogether or by taking steps to preserve evidence to defend your company. This will decrease costs by either preventing or limiting protracted and expensive litigation. 1.  Maintain Consistent Work Policies.  Businesses should establish […]

Shhhh – It’s A Secret! The New “Defend Trade Secrets” Act

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By:    Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire            lmikula@dioriosereni.com On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “Act”).  The Act facilitates the process for protecting trade secrets by allowing a trade secret holder to assert a federal claim in the federal court system for claims of wrongful misappropriation or use of […]

Wage and Hour Alert – Drastic Changes in Overtime Eligibility Are On the Horizon

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire lmikula@dioriosereni.com   While the call for a significant hike in the minimum wage rate has dominated headlines, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) is poised to issue a Final Rule in the next several months which will entitle millions of white-collar workers to collect overtime pay, despite their current […]

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