Tennessee – Safety first: Gun law update

Hey, you know how employers can fire employees who violate their weapons policy by keepings guns in their trunks on company property? Well a bill that would take that right away has been shot down. Still, the experts at Ford Harrison advise caution before pulling the trigger on a termination. Click here for more.

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Tennessee: Lookout corner: Vehicle safety to include weapons

In March a new Tennessee law was passed to allow those with permits to keep firearms in their cars, no matter where they are parked. [Insert Fast and Furious joke here.] But our partners at Ford Harrison are wondering, what does this mean for companies that have gun-free workplace policies? Could the new Safe Commute Act impact workplace policies? Click here to find out.

Labor laws: what employers can expect in 2010

We saw a lot of changes to labor laws in 2009 – both in new laws and re-imaginations of old ones.  From the Family and Medical Leave Act to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, it’s hard to keep up, isn’t it?

The good news is, our partners at Ford & Harrison have put together an article called “A Look Back at 2009 and What 2010 May Hold For Employers,” your guide to understanding it all. What has changed? What is new? All the updates you need are right here in this article.

Because the article also covers what you can expect in 2010, you’ll be ahead of the game this year and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. Click here to read the article.

Paycheck Fairness Act

On January 29, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Chris Dodd called for Congress to act on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This proposed Act would amend the Equal Pay Act (EPA) to:

  • prohibit retaliation against employees for sharing salary information
  • allow prevailing plaintiffs to recover damages in EPA cases
  • facilitate class action lawsuits under the EPA.

For employers, this means it would be easier for a disgruntled employee to bring a claim against an employer. Because this is not law, no action is needed at this time. However, it does remind us of the importance of establishing a pay structure this is applied fairly, regardless of sex, age, nationality, race, or any other protected status.

We will keep you updated on the status of this legislation as it develops. You can learn more about this topic by reading “Calling the Ledbetter Act a ‘First Step’, Sponsors Urge Senate to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act”, by our partners at Ford & Harrison LLP. Click here to read the article.