Employees Wanted – Work at Your Own Risk

Workplace InjuryBloomberg Business Week recently featured a story about the South’s manufacturing renaissance. The article, by Peter Waldman, is titled Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs. The workplace injuries and deaths described are simply horrific. Here are a few examples: A female employee at auto parts supplier Ajin USA was impaled while trying to fix a robot. View Full Post
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New Wrinkle in Employment Disputes: Social Media Ownership

Ownership disputes between employers and employees over social media accounts (think Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) are becoming more frequent. This point is highlighted in a wrongful termination lawsuit between Tomi Lahren, a former “reporter” and her employer, TheBlaze. TheBlaze is owned by Glenn Beck. View Full Post
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Employment Agreements Found Unlawful by NLRB

Employment ArbitrationEmployers should carefully evaluate their employment agreements with a focus on eliminating provisions that may be unlawful, given a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling. Specifically, DISH Network was ordered on April 13, 2017, to revise or rescind its employment agreements after the NLRB found the agreements contain provisions that violate federal labor law. View Full Post
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Ex-Worker Sued for Accessing Former Employer’s Google Drive Account

A former employee’s accessing a Google Drive he set up for his employer may result in a violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). This case also serves as a reminder to carefully evaluate how your company uses any third-party services like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. View Full Post
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Company Sued for Rescinding Job Offer Because Prospective Employee Signed Online Petition

Online petition legal issuesEmployers have a new concern with job offers and social media; In what appears to be a first, a federal court of appeals held an employer could be liable for rescinding a job offer because the prospective employee signed an online petition supporting issues under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). View Full Post
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State Marijuana Laws Can Leave Employees Dazed and Confused About Their Rights

Workplace drug testingMany states have decriminalized marijuana, whether generally or when used for medical reasons. But such changes present challenges for companies and their employees when it comes to balancing workplace concerns and employee rights. The latest marijuana issue employers may need to consider is called “microdosing.” Rebecca Greenfield in her article, “The Case for Eating Weed at Work, ” explains the recent microdosing trend : With recreational marijuana now legal in eight states and the District of Columbia, users have gravitated to low-dose edibles, such as brownies and mints with THC content of fewer than 5 milligrams—low enough for a manageable high for first-time users … Microdosing refers to regularly taking small amounts of drugs—generally, hard-to-get and illegal psychoactive ones, such as LSD or psychedelic mushrooms—throughout the day to boost creativity. View Full Post
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Trade Secret Misappropriation Lawsuit Dismissed – What Your Business Can Learn

Trade secret misappropriation lawsuits continue to be a potent offense for businesses against departing employees seeking to compete wrongfully. But as with any offense, it is critical to pay attention to fundamentals to be successful. A recent federal district court opinion illustrates this point (link to memorandum and opinion provided below). View Full Post
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Employment Discrimination in the Application Process – You Never Know Who is Watching

Employment DiscriminationHere’s a good reason for why employers need to have and stick to a standard job application procedure: A woman in Ypsilanti, Michigan posted on Facebook a textbook example of employment discrimination. You can read the post in its entirety. But the short story is that she was at Big Boy when a black man asked if the restaurant was hiring. View Full Post
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Uber’s Autonomous Vehicle Development Collides with Federal Trade Secret Lawsuit

By | Michigan Employment Law Advisor | February 25, 2017
Autonomous vehicle trade secretsOn Feb. 23, 2017, Waymo, the Alphabet Inc. company formed from Google’s self-driving project, sued Uber Technologies, Inc. and its related entities, Ottomotto LLC, and Otto Trucking LLC. The suit is for violations under the federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act and other related claims.  View Full Post
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