Recently the full Oklahoma Senate approved a series of bills ostensibly designed to reduce the cost of doing business in Oklahoma.  As states compete to bring in companies amidst a slowly recovering economy, the usual suspects have emerged as siren songs of the "pro-business" community: lower corpo...
The Washington State Court of Appeals decided yesterday that a 14 year teaching veteran deserves a trial in an Employment Discrimination case.  At issue for the jury is whether the Seattle School District should have transferred her to a clean, mold free environment before terminating her. Denise ...
The scenario is familiar: a person posts videos of him or herself engaged in sexual activities on the Internet, believing that in the infinite ebb and flow of global information, this particular bit of titillation will be lost in the wash. Then, someone who is interested in the honesty and fidelity ...
In September, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration released interim final regulations designed to protect workers who express concerns related to safety, security and health in their place of work. These rules, which establish the protocol for managing worker ...
  The default rate among self-insured group trusts has produced an alarming level of assessments on small businesses throughout the country. Workers’ compensation boards in states like New York are increasingly deliberating “safety programs” that would lower workers’ compensation costs...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. A federal district court recently ruled in favor of an employee suing several human resources executives after he was allegedly fired for requesting time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  ...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Companies that cut costs by misclassifying regular employees as “independent contractors” will face tighter regulations and stricter penalties in 2010. The Obama administration has already begun to cra...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Of the many concerns that today’s workers face, one of the most troubling is the prospect of losing income during an injury or prolonged illness. Sick or injured workers may suddenly find themselves unable...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Washington Labor and Industries is in the process of overhauling its website, www.lni.wa.gov. The revisions to the Washington L&I website are the result of user feedback collected over a significant perio...