Category Archives: Employee Rights

Sixth Circuit Rules FedEx Failed to Properly Explain FMLA to Employee

The Sixth Circuit Court recently affirmed a jury verdict in favor of an employee in a major Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim. According to the decision, FedEx was liable for failing to provide the claimant employee with proper written notice of all of the consequences of not returning a completed medical certification… Read More »

Important Considerations for Cohesive Internal Investigations

After potentially illegal or unethical wrongdoing is exposed within an organization, the most important step to take is to launch a comprehensive internal investigation. This can be a major challenge, and there are a number of key considerations to keep in mind as your team engages in this process. To begin a sound internal investigation,… Read More »

Product Safety Groups Seek Transparency in Whistleblower Suit

A pair of organizations that advocate for safe consumer products have asked for the unsealing of court documents related to a major whistleblower case. The case, recently declared a mistrial, is related to Texas-based Trinity Industries and potentially unsafe guardrails the company produces, which have been used on highways across the United States. The Center… Read More »

Fortune: Women More Effective Whistleblowers

A recent article in Fortune magazine explored the issue of whistleblowing and how it appears that women are more likely than men to call out illegal or unethical activities within their organizations.  The article features the story of Carmen Segarra, a New York Federal Reserve examiner who recognized a problematic relationship between her agency and… Read More »

Second Circuit: No Dodd-Frank Protections for Whistleblowers Overseas

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals made an important ruling in August, deciding that the whistleblower protections in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act do not cover individuals who work for companies located outside the United States. In the ruling, the court sided with Siemens AG, a well-known German engineering and technology firm, in a case… Read More »

Debate Rages On About Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor?

The case of Edward Snowden has been highly debated for much of the past year. To give an idea of just how complicated the situation is, there are 21 different federal laws in existence that protect workers that act as whistleblowers. However, a large number of employers and employees do not have a full understanding… Read More »

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for delivering information about his company’s wrongdoing that he had originally tried to report internally before being ignored by… Read More »

Religious Exemptions for Employees

President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against the sexual orientation or gender identity of its employees. This order does not include a religious exemption, meaning all federal contractors are required to follow the terms of the order regardless of their own personal religious beliefs. This order is… Read More »

Lessons from Recent NLRB Actions

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel recently investigated allegations against various McDonald’s franchises and its franchisor, McDonald’s, USA, LLC. The charges were that the company violated the rights of its employees during various employee protests at different franchise locations. The most newsworthy aspect of this case: the NLRB authorized those… Read More »

About the Proposed “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”

A San Francisco proposal passed by the Board of Supervisors could implement a “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” aimed at changing labor standards and pay practices for hourly employees. This piece of legislation would force the more than 1,200 retail stores throughout San Francisco to do the following: Offer all part-time employees the option to… Read More »