Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Eight years ago, ELS Partner, Chandra C. Davis became a mother to a beautiful daughter. She, like many women, decided to breastfeed; but Davis also worked full time as an attorney. One morning, Davis had a deposition to attend and arranged to have two rooms reserved: one for the deposition and the other to use […]

Consider Modeling Your Company’s Sexual Harassment Policy after New York State’s Model Sexual Harassment Policy

Last week, New York issued its model sexual harassment policy and trainings aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the workplace.[1] Employers with business operations in New York should be aware of the new rules under New York law and update their sexual harassment policies as needed.  Even companies that do not conduct business operations in […]

State Equal Pay Laws

Most states have laws prohibiting wage discrimination based on sex. Most state equal pay acts grant exceptions for pay based on wage differentials other than gender, such as seniority or merit. Below is a chart of each state’s equal pay law. State Provisions Alabama None. Alaska Employers cannot pay females less than males for comparable work […]

Free Employment Law Pop-Up Clinic for Small Businesses

Join ELS on September 7, 2018 from 9 am-12 pm for its FREE Employment Law Pop Up Clinic! Small businesses in the surrounding areas can receive complimentary one-on-one consultations, as well as engaging group discussions, regarding topics such as classification of workers (1099 vs. W2), background checks, employee handbooks, small business resources, and many other […]

Employee or Independent Contractor?

At times employers must decide whether a worker is an employee (W2) or independent contractor (1099).  In general, most people who work in an employer’s business regularly are employees, not independent contractors.  An example of an independent contractor is a painter.  An employer hires a painter for a project like painting the breakroom in its […]

Key Considerations When Drafting a Language Policy

Employers may require workers to speak a specific language while performing certain job duties. While not illegal, this requirement can pose some risks. The practice note provides guidance on key considerations and provides guidance for drafting, implementing, and enforcing effective and legally compliant English-only policies in the workplace. This note addresses the following topics: Introduction to […]

Helpful Tip for Hiring Summer Interns: Internship Should Not Guarantee Employment

Wondering if your internship program is legally compliant? Want to start an internship program, but do not know where to begin? View this helpful tip for employers when hiring summer interns. This tip discusses how the internship should not guarantee employment to the interns participating in the program. If you have any questions about hiring […]

The Pipeline! ELS Anniversary, Events, Summer HR Law Tips!!!

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Why Mock Trials Are Important

By Raquel H. Crump Many lawyers, while litigators, rarely see the inside of a courtroom. For the few cases that do proceed through trial, preparation is key. Mock trials allow counsel to prepare their best case and receive additional viewpoints that they may not have considered or been aware of. Mock trials unlock the strengths […]

Summer Dress Codes: 5 Tips For Employers

Law360 (May 18, 2018, 7:43 PM EDT) — With summer just on the horizon, many employers will make it easier for workers to beat the heat by relaxing dress codes to allow for more casual attire. And while companies have ample legal leeway to loosen the reins on office garb, attorneys say there are still […]