At-will employment in New York City’s fast-food industry is slated to come to an end this summer. An ordinance signed into law Jan. 5 requires employers to fire workers for “just cause” following progressive discipline, and prohibits significantly cutting employees’ hours.
Political expression can take many forms at work—from banter to shouting matches. Off-duty political expression runs the gamut too, from yard signs to unlawful activity, such as what the nation witnessed on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol building. When can employees who’ve engaged in disruptive political expression be disciplined?
A newly elected township assessor who allegedly fired a group of employees due to their political support for the incumbent township assessor was not entitled to qualified immunity from personal liability for First Amendment claims, according to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Louisiana Supreme Court reversed a district court’s decision to reinstate an assistant fire chief who was fired for misrepresenting his whereabouts during the workday.
The Central Netherlands District Court recently held that failure to turn up at work and to contact an employer about the absence justifies summary dismissal.
Employers that are converting furloughs into permanent layoffs need to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and COBRA.