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IAML Insights

October 19, 2017

When a manager learns that one of his employees is in the hospital for several days, that’s almost always enough information for the employer to have an inkling that the employee may need FMLA leave. But one employer didn’t think so. And the penalty for its mistake was costly. Let me explain. The Facts Grace worked for the Center...

October 17, 2017

The recent Equifax breach data and public missteps in handling the breach has companies revisiting their cybersecurity measures and refreshing their breach response plans.  Although not every company has consumer data likely to be targeted by hackers, employment files may be compromised, such as when breaches of U.S. government databases...

October 13, 2017

Beginning on January 1, 2018, New York employers will have to provide paid family leave to their employees. With less than 3 months to go, the law is already in effect in many ways and employers are strongly urged to take steps now to ensure that they are ready to roll come January 1st. This post provides an overview for employers to...

October 12, 2017

The blood remaining in the umbilical cord after childbirth contains stems cells which may be used in a variety of medical treatments. Many parents of newborns are seeking to save this “cord blood”, either with the hopes of curing known ailments, as insurance against future illnesses, or for use in yet-to-be-discovered therapies. My internet...

October 11, 2017

The freedom of speech afforded by the First Amendment is remarkably broad. Several categories of speech, including even “hate speech,” are afforded varying degrees ofprotection. However, the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment is not without limits, even for public sector employees. Governmental employees who voice their...

October 09, 2017

An employee grabs a co-worker’s penis and pokes another employee with a banana protruding from the zipper of his pants.Should the employer be liable for sexual harassment?Well, it depends. An employer’s liability for harassment often hinges on whether the harasser is a “supervisor.” If the harasser is the victim’s co-worker, an employer...