So the question on everyone’s mind when it comes to holiday parties: Will alcohol be served? For employers this is a big decision and, depending on where the holiday party is held and how it is contained, one that may come to expose an employer to liability. For the most part, whether an employer can be held responsible for alcohol-related incidents at company-sponsored events depends on the state in which the party is held and the circumstances.
Continue Reading ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Workplace Issues. Day 3 – “Holiday Attire” Does Not Include “Beer Goggles”

Just when employers were thinking they might have to throw out their at-will disclaimers, the National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel released an analysis of two at-will employment clauses (Mimi’s Café, Case Number 28-CA-0844365 and Rocha Transportation, Case No. 32-CA-086799), and in finding both lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), gave employers a Halloween treat!
Continue Reading There’s No “I” In At-Will Disclaimers: NLRB Acting General Counsel Advises on Two At-Will Disclaimers and Gives Employers a Halloween Treat

Of course, no one can be certain of the exact workplace effects of Tuesday’s Presidential election results. But, at least one major change in employment law is pretty certain – and it is a change that all employers, large and small, in all industries, should be planning for now.

President-Elect Obama has stated clearly his support for the proposed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). His election, together with additional Democratic seats picked up in the Senate and Congress, make the passage of EFCA in 2009 a very strong likelihood. That will mean the most dramatic change in labor law in this country in decades.

As a reminder, there are two significant provisions of the EFCA: First, unions will be able to demand bargaining rights based solely on cards that they can pressure employees to sign face-to-face. The protection of a secret-ballot election will be taken away. Second, if labor negotiations between a union and employer for a first contract reach impasse, an outside arbitrator will dictate the terms of that key first contract.

Continue Reading Election Results – Immediate Workplace Issues