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November 2016 Archives

Mandatory Vaccinations & Religious Objections

According to the Centers for Disease Control ("CDC"), influenza (flu) viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The CDC notes that the timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but flu activity often begins to increase in October, with flu activity peaking between December and February. Flu activity can last as late as May. Many employers have mandatory flu vaccination policies. But, what if you have religious objections to a flu vaccination?

Behaviors that constitute sexual harassment

All employees should feel safe in the workplace. Men and women alike should feel like they can do their jobs without worry about harassment, abuse or unfair treatment. Unfortunately, the reality for many is that they deal with sexual harassment on a regular basis from a superior or co-worker, and it's easy to blow it off as nothing if you aren't aware what behaviors constitute sexual harassment.

Office Romances & Sexual Harassment

Many professionals are logging in a lot of hours. Sometimes, work gets in the way of, if not becomes a professionals' social life. The workplace might be a better place than bars or online dating sites to meet someone. Office romances, attempted office romances, or failed office romances can create legal exposure, in the form of sexual harassment claims for the employer in many situations, including when the affection is not reciprocated or when the relationship ends badly. 

Jacobson & Rooks LLC Petition the US Supreme Court

On November 1, 2016, Jared A. Jacobson, Esq., and Alexander F. Chasan, Esq. of the Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks, LLC filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari ("Petition") with the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") in the matter of Leigh Ann Harris v. The Vanguard Group, Inc.

False Claims and Physical Therapy

If you listen to the news, you may have heard about "whistleblowers."  Whistleblowing, in the legal context, generally refers to speaking up against activity that a person reasonably believes is either against the law, against a regulation, or against a public policy. The predominant law relied upon by whistleblowers is the False Claims Act (FCA). 

Erosion of Employee Rights: Arbitration Agreements

In October 2016, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article titled, "Employer vs. Employee: The Battle over Arbitration" Arbitration agreements are becoming more prevalent for employees at all wage levels and at all levels, whether or not they occupy white collar or blue collar positions. Many times, employers make their employees' submission to an arbitration agreement a condition of employment. That is, if you want to work there, you have to agree to arbitrate any claims that might arise under your employment there. Refusing to sign an arbitration agreement could jeopardize your job. For prospective employees, an employer can rescind an employment offer for refusal to sign the arbitration agreement. For existing at-will employees, an employer can terminate the employee who refuses to sign one.

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