Human Resources News & Insights

Intoxicated employee dies after holiday party: Is company liable for negligence?

If your company hosts a holiday party so employees can have some fun, can you be held legally responsible when a tragedy takes place because an employee had too much fun?

ADA lawsuit: Can you force an unstable employee to see a doctor?

Here’s a tricky scenario for any HR pro: You have reason to believe that an employee, who has suddenly started showing increasingly erratic behavior, is struggling to do her job and negatively impacting her co-workers. What can you do?

What? Hooded sheets plus a noose, and firm still skirts harassment charge

Despite mountains of damning evidence, one employer avoided losing a racially hostile workplace lawsuit. The ruling serves as a reminder to HR pros everywhere on the importance of clear policies and consistent follow-through.

No proof of receipt, no problem: A blueprint for winning a COBRA suit

Failing to provide a timely notice is a major source of COBRA-related lawsuits employers face. Even if the company relies on a TPA to handle its COBRA administration, it’s still ultimately liable for any violations. 

Age bias lawsuit: Little white lies about worker’s departure come back to haunt employer

Sometimes employers feel the need to fib a little about why an employee is leaving the company – to avoid damaging morale.

Stage set for landmark equal pay lawsuit: What’s at stake in Google’s HR nightmare?

After the PR nightmare it suffered following a male staffer’s memo on “gender stereotypes,” Google is now facing an even bigger headache — a pay-discrimination claim that could become a class-action suit with thousands of class members.

FMLA lawsuit: 7 stupid words that could cost this employer big

  Wells Fargo had mountains of well-documented evidence to back up its decision to fire a poorly performing employee, but a simple phrase by a clueless manager could wind up making all that evidence moot.

Worker violated drug policy, so how the heck did company lose in court?

Yes, employers can — and should — enforce drug policies that prohibit employees from working under the influence of drugs that impact performance and safety, even if the substances are legally prescribed prescription drugs. However, there is another a caveat to even the most black-and-white policies employers must keep in mind.

Employer defeats worker’s retaliation lawsuit by calling on its policy

Can you discipline an employee who has recently complained about harassment? Yes, but you must be ready to prove the discipline was unrelated to the complaint. Attorney Bob Neiman breaks down a recent lawsuit that shows some of the circumstances under which this can be done. 

What? Company never filled position, but still wound up in court for age bias

All it takes is one ill-advised comment like this from a manager for an employer to get sued for bias.