As concerns about the potential scope of the H1N1 flu continue to grow, one question we keep hearing from clients is whether employees who believe they have contracted H1N1 in the workplace may have compensable workers’ compensation claims. In the vast majority of cases, we believe the answer will be a resounding “No.”
Continue Reading How Should the Ohio BWC and Industrial Commission Treat Claims for H1N1?

In wage and hour news, the TLC show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” may be in some hot water for violations of state child labor laws. Troy Thompson, Spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, has been widely quoted as confirming that the agency received a complaint and is conducting an investigation.
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California courts have preliminarily approved class-action settlements in two wage-and-hour lawsuits against the television networks and production companies responsible for such entertainment gems as “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Trading Spouses,” “Joe Millionaire,” and “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancee.”
Continue Reading What Do Reality Television Shows and Employment Law Have In Common?

This case exemplifies our reason for creating the Employment Outtakes category. 

A California (where else?)appellate court (see Orlando v. Alarm Onehas overturned a jury award of $500,000 in compensatory and $1 million in punitive damages to a 52 year old female on sexual battery and sex harassment claims that  arose out of spankings