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Monthly Archives: October 2011

IRS Clarifies Tax Treatment Of Employer-Provided Cell Phones

Posted in Legislation, Workplace Policies
The IRS has issued a notice clarifying the tax treatment of employer provided cell phones and similar telecommunications equipment for business purposes.  The notice provides guidance on two key issues regarding employee cell phone use.  First, if an employer provides an employee with a cell phone for “noncompensatory business reasons,” the IRS will treat the… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Deal Another Blow To Missouri’s “Facebook Law”

Posted in Education, Legislation, Privacy, Social Media
In August we reported on a new Missouri law that regulated communications between teachers and students on social media websites.  We also reported on the Missouri State Teachers Association’s (“MSTA”) successful efforts to block this so-called “Facebook Law” by obtaining a preliminary injunction from a Missouri Court.  Now, Missouri’s Legislature has voted to repeal the… Continue Reading

2012 Public Sector Employment Law Conference – Registration Now Open!

Posted in Conferences, LCW Seminars, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
This guest post was authored by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore   Registration is now open for the Annual Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Public Sector Employment Law Conference, which takes place February 2-3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco.  The conference is geared towards Public Agency Management and includes a variety of informative and entertaining presentations that… Continue Reading

New State Laws Establish Gender Identity, Gender Expression, And Genetic Information As Protected Classifications

Posted in Discrimination, Legislation, Privacy
This guest post was authored by Connie C. Almond   The Governor recently signed into law AB 887 and SB 559, which prohibit harassment and/or discrimination based on gender identity and expression, and genetic information, respectively.  Individuals who are transgender identify themselves with a gender that is different from their “assigned” sex.  The term transgender… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Limits Of Ministerial Exception

Posted in Discrimination, Education, First Amendment, Retaliation
This post was co-authored by Michael Blacher God said “Be fruitful and multiply.”  But does that make a math teacher at a religious school a “minister?”  The United States Supreme Court will soon decide. On October 5, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, a… Continue Reading

NLRB Provides Guidance On Regulating Employee Use Of Social Media

Posted in Privacy, Social Media, Workplace Policies
This post was co-authored by Elizabeth Arce   It seems that every time you turn on the news some new technological innovation is being announced.  For example, recent weeks have seen the unveiling of new tablet computers and smartphones.  In addition, social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn are constantly announcing upgrades to their… Continue Reading

Documentation Of Poor Work Performance Defeated Claims Of Discrimination And Retaliation In Violation Of The ADA

Posted in Disability, Discrimination, Retaliation
How many times have you heard LCW attorneys tell you to timely and accurately complete performance evaluations?  You likely hear this advice at every Employment Relations Consortium training you’ve attended.  A recent case reminds us all how crucial honest performance evaluations and other forms of progressive discipline can be. In the case of Dickerson v.… Continue Reading