I'm coming out this week smokin' -- or at least with a pair of posts about smoking. John Phillips' Word on Employment Law discusses some of the potential legal implications of smoking in the workplace. Should you think that you needn't worry about this issue since it is illegal to smoke in just about every workplace in Ohio, Representing Management gives us a tale of a lawsuit permitted to proceed under ERISA brought by an employee whose employment was terminated after he tested positive for smoking in violation of his employer's wellness program.
The Pennsylvania Employment Law Blog reminds us that in guarding against potential lawsuits, how you terminate an employee is often as important, if not more so, than the reason for the termination.
The Labor and Employment Law Blog gives us Part 2 of its series on how to avoid a whistleblower claim.
Workplace Privacy Counsel brings us information on whether dead employees' medical records are entitled to protection under HIPAA (short answer, yes).
Finally, Electronic Discovery Navigator provides helpful information on implementing record retention policies.