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These days, few attorneys accept cases they know they can’t win. That means more employees are acting as their own lawyers. Don’t make a classic employer mistake: Ignoring a pro se lawsuit in which the employee represents himself. Instead, practice patience and diligence in pushing for the court to dismiss the case.
Q. We have a couple of workers who keep getting “negative dilute” results of drug tests. Our policy is to not accept the result and to retest. Can we require the retest to be an observed collection?
A federal grand jury has indicted three Harrisburg area men on tax evasion charges stemming from their operation of several worker leasing businesses. The U.S. Attorney alleges that the three men paid workers more than $7 million in wages from 2006 to 2012 but never withheld or paid federal income taxes.
A union election at an Allentown company that provides home health care services may have turned on the vote of one person, who arrived too late to cast a ballot.
The Yuba Skilled Nursing Facility in Yuba City has paid $1 million in back pay and benefits after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled against it in an unfair labor practice complaint filed by the Service Employees International Union and United Health Care Workers West.
U.S. businesses with at least 10 employees have a 12.5% chance of having an employment liability charge filed against them, according to a recent study by Hiscox, a specialty insurer that focuses on employer legal liability coverage.
Only 10 days after prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.
A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision likely will make it easier for employees and their lawyers to get class-action certification in employment cases.
Wage-and-hour cases can drag on—and sometimes turn into class-action lawsuits. That’s why settling early may make sense. But settlements can spawn even more lawsuits. To minimize that possibility, consider using a confidentiality clause.
More and more former employees who can’t find lawyers to take their cases are filing their own lawsuits. Their pleadings are frequently long on conclusions and short on factual allegations. Don’t let that give you a false sense of security—or tempt you to toss out documents.