IAML Insights

October 11, 2018

It's been one year since the the New York Times reported allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein that started the #MeToo movement. Since, at least 425 prominent peopleacross industries have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. The story, however, goes beyond the rich, and the famous, and the powerful. #...

October 09, 2018

On September 24, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reaffirmed the importance of following its 2012 enforcement guidance on employer use of criminal history information—specifically the EEOC’s targeted screening process and individualized assessment process--when it announced a voluntary agreement with...

October 08, 2018

In the waning days of his final term of office and on the last possible day under the legislative calendar, on September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills into law that should have a dramatic effect on the ability of workers to bring claims for harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The new legislation makes...

October 05, 2018

Non-partisan to the best of my ability. I've held off as long as I could, but here are some of my thoughts about the controversy surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Although I have strong personal opinions, I'm not interested in airing them here. I post this as a lawyer based on my experience representing employers in sexual harassment cases and...

October 04, 2018

Darrell Patterson had worked in Walgreens' 24/7 call center for six years without incident. He claims Walgreens fired him for skipping an emergency training session held on a Saturday. He's a Seventh-day Adventist, and it's against his religion to work on the Sabbath (from sundown Friday through downs Saturday). Until his firing, they had worked...

September 28, 2018

Here is a quiz about some of the quirkier aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  How much do you know about these FMLA oddities? Unless otherwise indicated, you can assume that all of our hypothetical employers are covered by the FMLA and that all of the employees are eligible for leave. As always, the answers appear at the end of each...