Top 5 Risks For Employers In Labor-Employment Law<br />Presented by <br />Mr. Benjamin H. Banta<br />August 25, 2010<br />
Introduction<br />Top 5 Risks<br /><ul><li>Expanded ADA
Wage-Hour Laws
Retaliation
State Laws You Don’t Know About
Privacy</li></li></ul><li>Expanded ADA<br />Much easier for employee to show “disability”<br />Not an “extensive analysis”...
Expanded ADA (cont.)<br />Result:  	more disabled employees<br />Result:  	more accommodations to<br /> 			consider or mak...
Wage-Hour Laws<br />Meal breaks<br />“Off the clock” work<br />Misclassifying workers as exempt<br />Ruining “salary basis...
Retaliation<br />Alleged in 36% of all charges in EEOC’s FY 2009<br />Alleged in 15% of all charges in EEOC’s FY 1992<br /...
State Laws You Don’t Know About<br />Firearm possession<br />Fines against workers<br />Non-competition provisions you’re ...
State Laws You Don’t Know About<br />(cont.)<br />Smoking<br />Access to personnel records<br />WARN-type statutes<br />Br...
Privacy Issues<br />Evolution<br />Searches on employer premises or parking lot<br />Video surveillance<br />E-mails and I...
Privacy Issues<br />Case<br />2010 Supreme Court case involving public employer<br />City of Ontario, Calif. v. Quon (No. ...
Privacy Issues<br />Facts<br />Employees exceed character limits on text messages (pager)<br />Employer investigates; many...
Privacy Issues<br />Legal Analysis<br />Review of text messages on pager was reasonable<br />Legitimate interest in, and r...
Privacy Issues<br />“To Do”<br />Have an explicit policy in place<br />Work with HR, IT, Legal on policy<br />Update it an...
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Top 5 Labor/Employment Law Risks for a Company in 2010

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Do you know what a company’s top 5 risks are, from a labor-employment law standpoint? Our speaker, Ben Banta with The Kullman Law Firm will discuss those risks, which include the recently expanded federal disability law (ADA), cutting-edge workplace privacy issues, state laws that you may not know about, and much more.

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Top 5 Labor/Employment Law Risks for a Company in 2010

  1. 1. Top 5 Risks For Employers In Labor-Employment Law<br />Presented by <br />Mr. Benjamin H. Banta<br />August 25, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Top 5 Risks<br /><ul><li>Expanded ADA
  3. 3. Wage-Hour Laws
  4. 4. Retaliation
  5. 5. State Laws You Don’t Know About
  6. 6. Privacy</li></li></ul><li>Expanded ADA<br />Much easier for employee to show “disability”<br />Not an “extensive analysis”<br />Expanded list of “major life activities”<br />“Substantially limited” term is diluted<br />
  7. 7. Expanded ADA (cont.)<br />Result: more disabled employees<br />Result: more accommodations to<br /> consider or make<br />Result: more ADA charges and lawsuits<br />Result: decreased summary judgment chances<br />
  8. 8. Wage-Hour Laws<br />Meal breaks<br />“Off the clock” work<br />Misclassifying workers as exempt<br />Ruining “salary basis” requirement<br />
  9. 9. Retaliation<br />Alleged in 36% of all charges in EEOC’s FY 2009<br />Alleged in 15% of all charges in EEOC’s FY 1992<br />Virtually all aspects of job may become an issue<br />White standard: “materially adverse action or conduct”<br />“could well dissuade a reasonable worker from making . . . charge”<br />
  10. 10. State Laws You Don’t Know About<br />Firearm possession<br />Fines against workers<br />Non-competition provisions you’re not complying with<br />Jury duty (pay/discharge)<br />Voting leave<br />
  11. 11. State Laws You Don’t Know About<br />(cont.)<br />Smoking<br />Access to personnel records<br />WARN-type statutes<br />Breastfeeding time<br />What else?<br />
  12. 12. Privacy Issues<br />Evolution<br />Searches on employer premises or parking lot<br />Video surveillance<br />E-mails and Internet usage<br />GPS tracking<br />Planting chips in employees<br />
  13. 13. Privacy Issues<br />Case<br />2010 Supreme Court case involving public employer<br />City of Ontario, Calif. v. Quon (No. 08-1332)<br />
  14. 14. Privacy Issues<br />Facts<br />Employees exceed character limits on text messages (pager)<br />Employer investigates; many messages not work-related<br />Some text messages are sexually explicit<br />Employee disciplined<br />Employee sues for violation of privacy rights<br />
  15. 15. Privacy Issues<br />Legal Analysis<br />Review of text messages on pager was reasonable<br />Legitimate interest in, and reason for, the search (work-related)<br />Search not excessive in scope or “excessively intrusive”<br />Employee had only limited privacy expectation<br />Lessened risk of intrusion on highly private details of personal life<br />
  16. 16. Privacy Issues<br />“To Do”<br />Have an explicit policy in place<br />Work with HR, IT, Legal on policy<br />Update it annually, keeping up with technology and your equipment<br />State business need/interest<br />Right (not a duty) to monitor/inspect at will<br />
  17. 17. Privacy Issues<br />“To Do” (cont.)<br />Address social media?<br />Create no expectation of privacy<br />Have employees acknowledge receipt annually (consent)<br />If inspecting, start small and narrow with search<br />Be consistent and reasonable; how would you feel?<br />
  18. 18. Privacy Issues<br />Possible Claims<br />Invasion of privacy (state law)<br />Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)<br />Stored Communications Act (SCA)<br />Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)<br />Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)<br />Traditional labor (NLRA), employment (Title VII), tort laws (defamation)<br />
  19. 19. Privacy Issues<br />Think About<br />Mixed-use (work and personal) Blackberries or laptops<br />Employer reimburses only fraction of monthly bill<br />Getting into personal e-mail accounts or the like<br />Nexus to job performance<br />Consistent enforcement<br />Knowing too much<br />
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