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IRS FAQs address new employer credit for paid family and medical leave

April 13th, 2018

The IRS has issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address the new employer credit under Code Sec. 45S for paid family and medical leave. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created the credit, which is generally effective for wages paid in taxable years of the employer beginning after December 31, 2017. It [Read more...]

Statements about HR director’s firing over pro-Trump tweets weren’t defamatory

April 12th, 2018

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
Statements made about an HR director concerning her termination for violating the employer’s social media policy after she sent a tweet stating that “informal survey of our employees shows 100% AA employees Voting Trump!” did not plausibly constitute unlawful defamation or defamation per se. Though she argued that she and her tweet [Read more...]

Whether ultimately fired teacher’s prescription meds were in plain view is jury question

April 12th, 2018

By Brandi O. Brown, J.D.
A special education teacher who alleged that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated when her employer searched her tote bag, discovered prescription medications, and seized all of it will take those claims to trial, a federal district court in Pennsylvania ruled. Questions of fact, including whether the medication was in plain [Read more...]

NLRB joint-employer saga: Hy-Brand mandate recalled by D.C. Circuit

April 10th, 2018

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The joint-employer saga continues its “twisty-turny” narrative, with the most recent chapter written by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. On April 6, the appeals court granted the National Labor Relations Board’s motion to recall the mandate in Browning-Ferris following the appeals court’s own decision to remand the case (rather quickly) back [Read more...]

Mocked by customers for accent, call center employee advances hostile environment claim

April 10th, 2018

By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D.
Denying summary judgment against the Title VII and Law 100 claims of a Hewitt customer service rep who worked in a Puerto Rican call center, and who alleged that stateside English-speaking employees of a Hewitt client made comments to her such as “I really hate your accent, f**k yourself and transfer this [Read more...]