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Interactive Process in Action

If you’re not sure what the interactive process is supposed to look like under the ADA, peruse the facts of the 8th Circuit’s decision in Minnihan v. Mediacom. I’m also going to summarize the facts below, but if you want to read the legal analysis too go ahead and read the full decision. Minnihan worked [...]

By | March 19th, 2015|Employment Law|

A lawsuit about a hot dog

Trial began yesterday in a case in Kansas City.  Here, the Plaintiff John Croomer attended a baseball game of the Defendant Kansas City Royals on September 8, 2009.  The Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, was throwing free hot dogs into the stands, and Croomer alleged that one of these frankfurters was negligently thrown and hit him in the eye, [...]

By | March 6th, 2015|General Law|

Non-Competes and Office Romances

Over the holiday, the Court of Appeals issued a couple of employment-related decisions regarding situations that often come up. Non-Compete Agreements/Competition with Former Employer In Curry’s Transportation Services, Inc. v. Dotson et al., the Court of Appeals addressed the enforceability of a non-compete and competition with a former employee.  Since I want to address two [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|Employment Law|

An Employer’s Responsibility when Domestic Violence Invades the Workplace

In the wake of domestic violence charges against NFL players and the public’s outrage at the NFL’s response as a business owner you may be thinking how you might respond when faced with an employee charged with domestic violence or an employee who is a victim of domestic violence.  Or maybe you believe domestic violence [...]

By | October 17th, 2014|Employment Law|

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Pregnancy Discrimination Case

On July 1, 2014, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Young v. UPS, Inc. to decide “whether and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to nonpregnant employees with work limitations must provide work accommodations to pregnant employees who are ‘similar in their ability or inability to work.’” Young was a [...]

By | July 25th, 2014|Employment Law|

Return of the Inflexible Leave Policies

Inflexible leave policies—that is policies which provide a specified time off for personal reasons, including medical reasons—have been declared unlawful by the EEOC.  The EEOC’s position is that inflexible leave policies do not provide the individualized consideration necessary to determine whether leave longer than the specified time is a reasonable accommodation.  Accordingly, many companies have [...]

By | June 3rd, 2014|Employment Law|

Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation

The 6th Circuit’s telecommuting decision in EEOC v. Ford Motor Co. has been creating a buzz in the employment law community.  Since the concept of telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation is not necessarily innovative, the buzz must be coming from the way in which the court appeared to bend over backwards to declare that telecommuting [...]

By | May 8th, 2014|Employment Law|

Google Made Easy!

At Sullivan and Ward, P.C., we continually seek ways to streamline our resources and tune-up our skills to provide quality representation to our clients in the most efficient and effective manner.  As a paralegal for the firm, I am always seeking information to utilize our computer software and other on-line tools more efficiently.  I often [...]

By | April 30th, 2014|General Law|

The NLRB’s War on Employee Policies

{Before skipping this post because you don’t have a union, remember that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) applies to employers without unions too.  You can read about the application of the NLRA to non-union employers here.} War might be an extreme description, but the NLRB has been issuing decisions that declare run-of-the-mill employee policies [...]

By | April 25th, 2014|Employment Law|

Conducting an Investigation

An employee just made a complaint of harassment or discrimination. You know you have a duty, as the employer, to investigate the employee’s complaint, but aren’t entirely sure how to conduct the investigation. Here are a few tips: 1. Understand the complaint. Take time to listen to the employee’s complaint. Understand what the employee is [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|Employment Law|