Quirky Question #248, Is arbitration really better than court?

December 2014

Question: My company is considering implementing a policy of mandatory arbitration of employment disputes.  Putting aside the legal considerations, is this practically a good idea? Answer: By Joel O’Malley I have been hearing this question more and more in recent years as defending against baseless lawsuits by employees becomes increasingly costly (okay, I admit they’re not all baseless) and arbitration becomes more popular.  Despite these general beliefs, employers do not always benefit from arbitration[more...]

Quirky Question #247, An Update on Wellness Programs

December 2014

Question: Our company has been considering implementing financial incentives for employees to participate in biometric screening as part of an employee wellness program.  Are there legal issues we should be considering? Answer: This is a hot topic right now, and Dorsey attorneys Steve Lucke, Gabrielle Wirth, Melinda Maher, and Jessica Shiffman recently published an update that addresses this question.  The update follows. According to reports, more than half of all businesses with over 200 employees[more...]

Quirky Question #246, iKnow where your iPad is

November 2014

Question: Our California company intends to provide iPads to all of our sales employees, but to make sure we can locate the iPads if they are lost or stolen, we plan to use the iPads’ GPS capabilities to track their locations.  As an added bonus, we’ll also be able to track the sales employees themselves.  Any concerns with this plan? Answer: By Joel O’Malley and Jessica Linehan Recent Supreme Court decisions on GPS tracking by[more...]

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...]