Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dealing with IEDs in your workplace—employees with intermittent explosive disorder

Every workplace has had THAT employee. The hothead. Someone who loses their cool at the drop of hat. Yells, screams, and is prone to fits of rage.

It should go without saying that no one should be required to be subjected to this degree of misconduct. For this reason, you may (should?) decide to separate Hothead's employment.

What happens, however, if Hothead delivers a doctor's note advising you that he or she is being treated for "intermittent explosive disorder?"

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6th Circuit says full-time work is not an essential function of every full-time job

Is an employer required to permit a disabled full-time employee to work a reduced work schedule as a reasonable accommodation?

In Hostettler v. The College of Wooster [pdf], the 6th Circuit concluded that it depends on the specific position, and that an employer risks violating the ADA by declaring full-time work as an essential function of a position without analyzing the actual need for full-time work for that position.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Firing of deaf employee costs Costco a Costco-sized verdict

I've thought a lot of things walking through Costco.

Why aren't the free samples out yet?

What the heck am I going to do with 10 pounds of cheese, but damn that's a good price?

How did I just manage to spend $250?

The one thing I've never thought?

It's so loud in here; I wish the employees would speak more quietly.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Are you ready for rolling background checks of employees?

Last week, Bloomberg published an article warning businesses to get ready for rolling background checks at work — the practice of running regular background checks of existing workers in addition to the routine pre-employment screening.

I bring this story your attention not only because it's quality information, but also because it happens to quote yours truly (thanks to Mike Sasso for the interview):

Friday, July 13, 2018

WIRTW #514 (the “Happy birthday D-man” edition)

Tomorrow, this guy turns 10. Or, as he says, only 1 day left for single digits.

Happy Birthday Donovan!!! 🎂🎁🎈🎉

You're the funniest, sweetest, most gentle soul I know.

Here's what I read this week.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Does an employer have a duty to protect the personal information of its employees?

Consider the following scenario.

An employer discovers that an employee who worked in its information technology department had been stealing older laptop computers. Some of those computers had been used in the employer's human resources department and contained former employees' personal information (including social security numbers and drivers' license numbers), which the company collected on each employee at the time of hire.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The 13th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the murdering manager

Today's post is a lesson in how not manage a poor performing employee.

Believe it or not, it's generally considered poor employee management to attempt to motivate employees by causing them serious physical harm. It's even worse when that serious physical harm results in an employee's death.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Justice?

The pick is in. Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

What type of Justice will Kavanaugh be? No one really knows for sure. All we can do is read his past appellate opinions, and hypothesize.

The opinion I'm offering for your consideration is Ayissi-Etoh v. Fannie Mae, a 2013 racial harassment case that asked the question of whether one isolated yet severe incident of discriminatory conduct — "Get out of my office n***er" — can suffice to establish a hostile work environment.

Monday, July 9, 2018

No, you can't require your employee to work during an FMLA leave

Today, I examine a question I receive all too often — can an employer require an employee to work during an FMLA leave?

So as not to bury the lede, the answer is pretty strong no.

To examine this issue, let's take a look at Lay v. Louisville-Jefferson Cnty. Metro Gov't (W.D. Ky. 5/29/18).

Friday, July 6, 2018

WIRTW #513 (the “Murica” edition)

I've been reflecting this week about what it means to be American.

We used to welcome tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. Now we lock their children in cages.

We used to foster global democracy with our allies. Now we shun our allies and cozy up to those who seek to undermine democracy.

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