Labor & Employment

August 6, 2019

Wilson and Ritchie Speak at Mini Law School for Human Resource Professionals

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie were speakers at the Mini Law School for HR Professionals seminar, held July 31, 2019, in Pearl, Mississippi. The basic level seminar examined the current issues in human resource law for attorneys, human resources and financial professionals, and other business executives. Wilson and Ritchie spoke about employee handbooks and policies; workplace behavior and privacy; disciplining and discharging employees; and employment laws, including Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA), Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Sexual Harassment, Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Click here to learn more about FormanWatkins’ Labor & Employment practice.

June 5, 2019

Join FormanWatkins at the Mini Law School for HR Professionals Seminar

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie will be speakers at the upcoming Mini Law School for HR Professionals seminar.  This is a basic level seminar that will examine the current issues in human resource law for attorneys, Human Resources and financial professionals, and other business executives.  Malissa and Spencer would love for you to join them!

April 8, 2019

Wilson and Ritchie Speak at Human Resource Law from A to Z Seminar

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie were speakers at the Human Resource Law from A to Z seminar, held March 27-28, 2019, in Pearl, Mississippi. The basic-to-intermediate level seminar provided a comprehensive overview of current issues in human resource law for attorneys, Human Resource and financial professionals, and other business executives.  Wilson and Ritchie spoke about discrimination and harassment; workplace behavioral issues; workplace privacy and employee monitoring; and, disciplining and firing employees. Click here to learn more about FormanWatkins’ Labor & Employment practice.

March 12, 2019

Employment Law Update: Spring Has Sprung Proposed Overtime Rule and Confusion Over Wellness Incentives

The seasons have changed from Winter to Spring, but the EEOC’s position regarding wellness incentives remains the same. This year’s stalemate over employee wellness programs has increasingly caused employers to ask: have wellness incentives become more trouble than they are worth? In a dramatic shift from its former endorsement of wellness incentives, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has invalidated the incentive provisions of its wellness program regulations. The result: since January 1, 2019, when the EEOC regulations became ineffective, employers have been in limbo when it comes to implementing their employee wellness programs, with no guidance from the EEOC to speak of.

December 20, 2018

Join FormanWatkins at the Human Resource Law from A to Z Seminar

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie will be speakers at the Human Resource Law from A to Z seminar.  This seminar is basic-to-intermediate level and will examine current issues in human resource law for attorneys, HR personnel, accountants, and presidents and vice presidents.  Malissa and Spencer would love for you to join them!

August 1, 2018

Employment Law Update: Summertime and Taking Leave Is Easy – August 2018

Summertime and Taking Leave Is Easy By: Malissa Wilson Summertime brings summer vacations and holidays.  However, for employers, it can also bring a pattern of Friday and Monday absenteeism by employees on intermittent leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or, perhaps in these instances, better referred to as the “Friday Monday Leave Act.”  Understandably, this pattern may raise the suspicion of an employer who questions the validity of the absence, but feels there is no recourse for fear of violating the FMLA.  However, employers, have no fear, there are ways to address the matter without running afoul of the FMLA. The FMLA allows eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for a specified family or medical reason with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.  Once it has been determined that an employee is eligible for leave under the FMLA, leave can be taken all at once or intermittently. It is intermittent leave that gives rise to the Friday/Monday absence pattern. Once an employee is certified for intermittent FMLA, an employer can request recertification every 30 days for pregnancy, chronic or permanent/long term conditions, none of which have a specified minimum duration of incapacity, provided the recertification is requested in connection with an absence and it is made on a “reasonable basis.”  If circumstances change significantly, or the employer receives information that cast doubt on the continuing validity of the certification, recertification […]

April 25, 2018

Employment Law Update: National DNA Day – April, 25 2018

Employers Beware: Collecting Genetic Information on Employees Could Lead to Litigation – In 2003, Congress designated April 25th as National DNA Day. The day marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and celebrates the latest advances in genetics. However, these genetic advances have adversely impacted the workplace prompting Congress to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prohibiting genetic information discrimination.

February 6, 2018

Malissa Wilson Honored by Mississippi Business Journal as a Leader in Law

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that Malissa Wilson was selected as one of the 2017’s Top Ten Leaders in Law by the Mississippi Business Journal. Each year, the Mississippi Business Journal recognizes a select group of 40 attorneys who exhibit both the legal success and the qualities of character that exemplify this honor. A reception and awards celebration was held in December to recognize the 2017 honorees.

January 24, 2018

Employment Law Update: Workplace Sexual Harassment – January 2018

In the wake of recent sexual misconduct allegations against numerous public figures, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the agency responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting workplace harassment—has reported a deluge of visits to its sexual harassment website. And the National Women’s Law Center—an organization that disseminates information about the legal definition of harassment and how to file charges with the EEOC—has seen a five-fold increase in the number of calls about sexual harassment. Many expect this increased awareness of improper sexual behavior will lead to a dramatic increase in the number of workplace sexual harassment claims.