There are a number of federal and state time-off entitlements that employees can utilize. This can make it difficult for even the most competent HR administrator to stay compliant with all the laws. Some administrators and owners may even be reluctant to terminate an employee on attendance-based issues because of complications and potential legal problems if they violate the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Catastrophe Management Solutions recently won a case before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The lawsuit filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that it was illegal to not hire someone because of his or her dreadlock hairstyle.
Gwyneth Paltrow is busier these days running her lifestyle company than acting, but she is still in the news. recently, it is for paying $145,000 settlement for false advertising. A business she founded 10 years ago and now worth hundreds of millions, Goop is a combination high-end boutique that peddles exotic products it creates or third party ones it sells through the website.
Aetna has been in an ongoing battle with the non-profit Consumer Watchdog. The latter sued the insurance carrier for insisting that HIV medication be handled by mail rather than customers going to a pharmacy. The bigger issue, however, was that the insurance provider’s correspondence and delivery of the medication used paned envelops that revealed thousands of customer’s HIV status next to their name and address.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) informed SIMCOM Training Centers of Orlando to rehire a flight instructor who was dismissed. According to a press release on OSHA’s web site, the instructor was harassed, denied the chance to train students and subsequently terminated.
A business is only as good as its product. Entrepreneurs can spend years researching, dreaming, testing and designing their product. Ultimately, though, no product is perfect. Most products pose some sort of risk to consumers. As a result, small business owners face serious liability issues due to their products.
Businesses will go encounter many speed bumps and roadblocks along the path to success. When your business encounters one of these obstacles, it may be tempting to tackle the issue on your own or simply throw your hands up in resignation. Wise business owners know a better way to handle these challenges—by retaining a business attorney.
Many startups fear that a former employee, partner or client will somehow steal their trade secrets and use them to make a buck. Another common fear is that a former employee will poach talent from the startup to move to a different company. For the electric-car startup Faraday Future, both of these fears have apparently been realized.
Earlier in October, the United Parcel Service (UPS) had reason to believe some of their pilots found and shared strategic plans about a UPS aircraft based on confidential trade secret information in a PowerPoint. These private plans were indicated to have the goal of influencing company strategy and financial decisions in the future.
Almost as soon as Equifax announced its unprecedented data breach, two proposed class actions were filed in federal court. One was filed by a group of consumer rights attorneys who had just won the right to sue Yahoo for another large data breach. More suits are almost certain to follow.