The investigation into allegations by a dispatcher of sexually inappropriate and unwelcome comments (the decision gives few specifics or this post would probably have a more eye-catching title) concluded that the driver had engaged in harassment. The employer set a hearing for the matter to be heard and rescheduled it twice, but the driver never appeared because the union disputed the employer’s power to discipline the driver for conduct that occurred while the driver was on union-paid release time (used to perform his union leadership duties). While the employer fired the driver, an arbitration ultimately agreed with the union’s position that release time was a “safe haven” from discipline. (One has to wonder how far the union and arbitrator would take this principle!) … [Read more...] about Man Bites Dog: New York Court Vacates Arbitration Award Against Sexual Harasser
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“Are there discussions? Yes. But really, it’s not ‘Man bites dog’—there’s no story yet. It’s so early in the discussions it’s hard to know what shape or form [a possible deal] will take,” Raful says. … [Read more...] about Touro Law For Sale?
A judge ruled Congo had to be killed under a “vicious dog” law. At court hearings, Congo’s owners had presented a defense witness who testified the dog was merely protecting his master and letters from character witnesses who told of the dog’s good nature. The ruling is on appeal. … [Read more...] about Supporters Rally Round Dog While Worker Recovers From Mauling
A 2014 national survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found the vast majority of pet custody fights — 88 percent — had to do with dogs, while cats were the source of strife 5 percent of the time and horses 1 percent. The remaining 6 percent was listed as "other," and included an iguana, python and a 130-pound turtle. … [Read more...] about New California divorce law: Treat pets like people — not property to be divided up
Another area of concern for risk managers and claims professionals is the employment arena. With people spending more and more of their time on sites like Facebook, social networking sites are becoming digital watercoolers. As a result, companies must be more vigilant than ever about their employees’ online activities. Wall posts on Facebook and tweets on Twitter have led to claims of workplace harassment, discrimination and bullying. In addition, workers sharing too much online could reveal trade secrets or proprietary information, not to mention damage the company’s brand and goodwill by bad-mouthing their employer or its customers. “Facebook firings” of employees for their online misconduct have become almost commonplace. Virgin Atlantic Airlines, for example, fired 13 cabin crew members after they made candid comments on Facebook about the airline, its passengers and its planes. … [Read more...] about “Like” It or Not: How Social Media Can Lead to Litigation