Workplace Policies and Processes

By Dawn Solowey, Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, and Marjorie Culver,

About the Program: Workplace political speech poses unique challenges for employers, particularly in a polarizing U.S. election year, and amid political demonstrations worldwide.  Employers must balance employees’ rights with the interests of the organization, within a maze of intersecting federal and state laws.  The challenges are still greater

Continue Reading Webinar: Workplace Political Expression: Best Practices for Balancing Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities

By Karla Grossenbacher and  Scott Mallery

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In six months, the U.S. presidential election will take place and inevitably employee views on the elections and election issues will make their way into the workplace.  In today’s highly polarized socio-political landscape, the intersection of workplace dynamics and individual politics often causes disruptions in the workplace.  When confronted with these

Continue Reading It’s An Election Year: Understanding Restrictions on Employer Actions Regarding Employee Political Activity

By Linda C. Schoonmaker and Eron F. Reid

Seyfarth Synopsis: We previously wrote about the procuring-cause doctrine here. As a refresher, the procuring-cause doctrine provides that a salesperson or other agent who contracts for a commission becomes entitled to payment of the commission when through his efforts he produces a buyer who is ready, able, and willing to

Continue Reading Asking Again-Do You Really Want to Keep Paying Commissions to the Salesperson You Fired? (Update)

Apr. 17, 2024  – As most California employers are now aware, a new workplace violence law (SB 553) requires essentially all CA employers to develop and implement written Workplace Violence Prevention Plans and training by July 1, 2024. The new requirements will be enforced by Cal/OSHA.

Cost  –  There is no cost to attend, but registration is

Continue Reading WEBINAR – New Workplace Violence Prevention Program Requirements in California

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Employment Law Lookout blog is taking a holiday break but will resume delivering insightful discourse and updates on the day’s most pressing workplace issues next Year!

In the meantime, we want to wish all of our readers, contributors, and editors a safe and happy holidays. Spend quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. Also, rest assured knowing that we’ll be on the lookout

Continue Reading Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Employment Law Lookout Blog

By James L. CurtisAdam R. YoungMelissa A. Ortega, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Bureau of Labor statistics addresses the rise in worker deaths in 2022, and expected data for 2023.

This week’s announcement by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a 5.7 percent increase in fatal occupational injuries nationally.  African-American

Continue Reading OSHA Reports 5,486 Occupational Fatalities in 2022, with Disproportionate Fatality Increases for African-American and Hispanic Workers

By Kristina M. Launey 

Seyfarth Synopsis: Prepare for new California workplace legal requirements effective January 1, 2024, now. Seyfarth has you covered with all the ways to protect your workplace just like Kevin McCallister defends his house.

This is your house. You have to defend it. But Seyfarth is here to help you get your business updates in order

Continue Reading We Slept In! Time To Prepare for New 2024 Requirements!

By Adam R. YoungJames L. CurtisMelissa A. OrtegaPatrick D. Joyce, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA Region V last week provided a Webinar on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA”) national emphasis program (“NEP”) to prevent workplace hazards in warehouses, processing facilities, distribution centers, and high-risk retail establishments.

Since its announcement

Continue Reading OSHA Webinar and Materials on National Emphasis Program Aimed at Reducing and Preventing Workplace Hazards in Warehouses and Distribution Centers

By Erin Dougherty Foley

Seyfarth Synopsis:  This blog considers sexual harassment allegations in the context of the holiday party. To date, no one seems immune from the allegations: celebrities, politicians, presidents. See for instance Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2017 issue. We hope this dialogue will empower employees and employers, alike, to speak up before inappropriate, but previously

Continue Reading Will the “Spirits” of the Holiday Haunt You?

By Sara Eber Fowler, Gillian B. Lepore, Adam J. Rongo, and Joshua D. Seidman

What You Need To Know:

  • On November 9, 2023, the Chicago City Council passed a brand new “Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance” (the “Ordinance”). The Ordinance is effective December 31, 2023, and will replace the current Chicago Paid
Continue Reading If Pain (Or Anything Else), Yes Gain – Part 115: Chicago Enacts Novel Dual Paid Sick Leave / Paid Time Off Law