Quirky Question #244, An Update on Ebola

November 2014

In Quirky Question #244, we discussed what employers should do to protect their employees and businesses in light of the potential Ebola threat.  Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 700 Minnesota National Guard members to deploy to Liberia this spring to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The citizen-soldiers are scheduled to start training in March with an estimated six-month deployment to Liberia starting in April. In light of the order,[more...]

Quirky Question #245, Last chance agreements

November 2014

Question: We operate a manufacturing plant with a union workforce where new employees begin with a 90-day probationary period during which they are not yet members of the union. I recently hired a guy who refused to work overtime on several occasions, so I had him sign a “last chance” agreement in which he agreed that any further unexcused refusals would result in the termination of his employment. I also had[more...]

Quirky Question #244, Ebola goes viral

October 2014

Question: The recent media coverage of Ebola has been overwhelming.  As an employer, I want to be prepared and proactive to protect our employees and our business, but I also don’t want to overreact to what is seemingly a very small threat.  What steps can, and should, I take to protect my employees?  Does Ebola potentially implicate any state or federal employment law obligations that I should be aware of? Answer: By:  Joel O’Malley[more...]

Quirky Question #243 – More on Breach Notification Laws

October 2014

Quirky Question: Can you tell me what has been happening in California regarding breach notification laws? Answer: By: Melissa Krasnow Continuing the trend of changes in state breach notification and related laws, Cal. A.B. 1710 amends California's breach notification, security procedures, and Social Security number (SSN) laws in the wake of significant data breaches, particularly in the retail sector. (See "Changes in State Breach Notification Laws.") Cal. A.B. 1710 will become effective on January 1, 2015. State,[more...]