- Bill Singer, writing in Forbes, discusses one potential consequence for financial industry employees who arbitrate employment disputes with former employers: future employers can see them as willing to fight these disputes and this negative branding can harm chances of employment.
- Evan J. Shenkman, in a piece posted on Lexology, discusses an interesting New Jersey case involving an alcoholic nurse who also had anxiety problems: when she was terminated for not showing up to work, the employer suggested she was being fired for both alcoholism and lack of attendance – and that, therefore, a jury could have concluded she was wrongfully terminated for her alcoholism (attendance is generally a valid reason for termination, the court held).
- This article doesn’t deal with United States law (our usual focus here on Suits by Suits), but in a tip of our beret to our friends in Britain hosting the Olympics, here’s an article that those with an interest in UK employment law might like: Charlotte Lloyd-Jones discusses a recent case there where employees were fired for “gross misconduct on the basis that they were preparing to compete with their employer,” as a breach of an employment contract. The appellate tribunal held that just because the employees might compete in the future didn’t supply a basis for firing them in the present. It also held that the employees have to drive on the left.
- And, from the nightmares of the near future department: should employees post on Facebook while they’re in termination meetings with their employers? And if they do, what should employers do about it? It’s already happened, in a case involving an American Airlines employee. Daniel Schwarz has some interesting commentary on this issue here. Welcome to the future!