A Tennessee Court of Appeals’ ruling emphasizes employers can reduce their liability in sexual harassment lawsuits if they conduct a prompt and reasonable investigation into the allegations. In an opinion issued on July 30, 2015, the Court granted a summary judgment in favor of the defendant in a case where an employee brought suit against the company for sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. 

Jeff Janas

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) issued its decision in a long-awaited case on the issue of joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a 3-2 decision, the Board in Browning-Ferris announced an expansive new standard for determining which companies are “joint employers” of workers paid by labor contractor and franchisees.

Jeff Janas

There are many steps an employer can take to reduce its workers compensation premium costs.  For example, safety training educates workers avoid potential accidents and injuries. Worksite inspections help identify hazardous conditions that need to be corrected. There are other actions that a business can undertake that will also significantly decrease premium costs

Jeff Janas

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the decision of the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. Agricultural Labor Relations Board. The case will consider whether the “Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation” (MMC) law is unconstitutional and, if not, may an employer oppose a certified union’s request for referral to the MMC process by asserting that the union has “abandoned” the bargaining unit.

Jeff Janas

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