Archives for August 2014

Employers Review Criminal Screening Policies as Ban The Box Popularity Increases

Does your business require job applicants to disclose their criminal conviction history?  If so, you might want to reconsider.  States across America are enacting ban-the-box laws preventing employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history.  The reason for the change is that it creates an unfair barrier to employment and eliminates potential hardworking employees […]

Rising Tide Of FMLA Claims Unlikely To Recede, Attys Say

Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) lawsuits tripled from 2012 to 2013, a surge lawyers attributed to factors including workers’ increased awareness of their rights and an improving job market. And though businesses are becoming more savvy about their obligations, lawyers say the upward trajectory of FMLA claims isn’t likely to level off in the […]

ELS Serves! ELS Co-Sponsors Grape Escape Winery Tour to Help Brighten the Lives of Children with Cancer!

ELS co-sponsored the Grape Escape Winery Tour on Saturday, August 9, 2014 with the Atlanta Chapter of  WGIRLS.  The event consisted of a luxury bus ride to the Dahlonega Wineries, and included 19 tastings, live music, and shopping.  Proceeds from the event were given to Camp Sunshine, an organization providing support and education for children […]

Staffing Agencies Beware: OSHA’s New Policy Memorandum Highlights OSHA’s Enforcement Priorities with Respect to Temporary Workers

On July 15, 2014, Thomas Galassi, OSHA’s Director of Enforcement Programs, released a memorandum addressed to all OSHA regional administrators regarding OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative—a program developed to increase the agency’s focus on the safety of temporary workers. The purpose of the memo was to clarify the responsibilities of staffing agencies and host employees and to remind […]

5 Steps For Franchisors To Avoid Joint Employer Claims

Franchisors and outsourcing companies should expect to see a rise in claims after a recent National Labor Relation Board’s general counsel decision to treat McDonald’s Corp. as a “joint employer” of its franchised restaurants.  In response to this decision, franchisors and outsourcing companies are going back to the drawing board to review their franchisee relationships […]

Retail Employers Need To Know Pregnancy Accommodations

Retail employers struggle to avoid pregnancy discrimination and accommodation claims because the law on this issue appears to be ever-changing. Indeed, just recently the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Young v. United Parcel Service Inc. to determine whether the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires an employer providing accommodations to nonpregnant employees must provide those […]