Kansas Teacher Receives $95,000 Settlement after Suspension for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Name and Pronouns

Can an employer mandate that its employees address their colleagues, customers, or students by their preferred names or pronouns? That is the million-dollar question. Or in the case of a Kansas middle school teacher who refused to use a student’s preferred name and pronouns due to her religious beliefs—the $95,000 question. Read below to get… Continue reading Kansas Teacher Receives $95,000 Settlement after Suspension for Refusing to Use Student’s Preferred Name and Pronouns

Foulston Employment Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers

Twenty members of Foulston Siefkin LLP’s Employment and Labor Law Practice Group have been selected for inclusion in the 2023 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Best Lawyers honors attorneys whose peers recognize their reputation and professional experience in a practice area. The following attorneys have been recognized as the Best Lawyers in employment law.… Continue reading Foulston Employment Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers

Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: Where Are We Now?

Last fall, many employers were furiously drafting mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies. With the back and forth of court challenges and appeals, many of those policies were left in a state of limbo. Here is an update on the status of some of those vaccine mandates. Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate On August 31, 2022, the Biden… Continue reading Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: Where Are We Now?

DOL Enforcement Actions Highlight Three Categories of Child Labor Protections Every Employer Working with Young Teens Should Know

With labor shortages leaving fast food and other lower-wage work environments short-staffed, many businesses are relying more heavily on teenage staff to fill the void. But employers must be aware of applicable child labor laws, which aim to protect the minor’s health and safety and to avoid interfering with the minor’s education. Employers should keep… Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Highlight Three Categories of Child Labor Protections Every Employer Working with Young Teens Should Know

Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence: New EEOC Guidance for Employers

It’s the year 3022: you’ve just applied for a new job as an engineer on a starship traveling to Mars. You submit your resume, and an algorithm selects you for an interview. You record video answers to the employer’s interview questions and upload them for a robot to review. Using software to review applicant resumes… Continue reading Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence: New EEOC Guidance for Employers

Foulston Presents: HR Training Series Webinars

Foulston will host HR Training webinars for HR professionals, managers, and business owners in all industries across the region. Each session will address HR issues that are important and relevant to employers. HRCI, SHRM, and CLE credit will be requested for webinar participants. Session Topics: The ABCs of Noncompete Agreements | September 29, 2022 Benefits… Continue reading Foulston Presents: HR Training Series Webinars

Taking Notes and Following Procedure

Retaliation occurs when an employee is punished for engaging in protected conduct.  Examples of protected conduct may include communicating with a supervisor about discrimination, refusing to engage in practices that would result in discrimination, requesting an accommodation for a disability, and filing a complaint. A recent court decision serves as another reminder that making sure… Continue reading Taking Notes and Following Procedure

DOL Spotlights FMLA, FLSA, and Visa Program Retaliation in New Guidance

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), issued guidance on forms of prohibited retaliation under various laws the DOL enforces, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), immigration visa programs, and other laws and executive orders. The DOL’s new guidance suggests that the agency will be focusing… Continue reading DOL Spotlights FMLA, FLSA, and Visa Program Retaliation in New Guidance