IAML Insights

February 13, 2019

In a ruling that will have a significant impact on the retail and restaurant industries, among others in California, the California Court of Appeal ruled that a retail employer’s call-in scheduling policy—in which employees were required to call the employer in advance of a shift to find out if they needed to show up for work—triggered the...

February 12, 2019

Law.com recently pronounced, "The Emojis are Coming!" That article got me thinking, are they coming to workplace litigation, too? After all, emojis are a form of communication, and work is all about communication. Which would suggest that we would start seeing them in harassment and discrimination cases.According to Bloomberg Law, mentions of...

February 11, 2019

The year 2018 was a busy one for healthcare employers. Below are some of the key developments from 2018 and issues that employers should be on the lookout for in 2019. Pay Equity Pay disparity between male and female physicians continued to be a serious and worrisome issue in 2018. Multiple studies show that female doctors are paid less than male...

February 08, 2019

On January 29, 2019, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that failing to grant a lateral transfer for discriminatory reasons may constitute an “adverse employment action” that violates Massachusetts law, G.L. c. 151B.  An employee may therefore be able to recover for illegal discrimination even if the position requested...

February 07, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued its Report on Selected Cybersecurity Practices – 2018 [pdf]. The Report identifies five common cybersecurity risks and outlines recommended practices for each: Branch controlsPhishing attacksInsider threatsPenetration testingMobile devicesWhile FINRA only regulates...

February 06, 2019

Oh the weather outside is frightful … No, seriously, it’s actually dangerous here in Chicago. Since much of the city seems to be on lock-down today as we all try not to freeze to death, this seems like a good time to review the rules relating to employee pay during weather-related shut-downs. For non-exempt employees, the rule is pretty simple:...