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New Nebraska Employee Reference Protections

Nebraska recently signed into law LB959, a bill that lets employers share more information to prospective employers about current and former employees with less threat of legal liability.  In a nutshell, employers will be given a rebuttable presumption of good faith when they follow the law’s specific requirements.  Employers should learn the new law’s requirements, [...]

April 18th, 2012|News|

Supreme Court Sides with Church on Employee Firing

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a school teacher who was trained in theology, directed prayer services, and taught religion classes in addition to secular classes could be terminated from employment after missing work due to a disability because of the "ministerial exception" to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Perich was employed as a "called" [...]

January 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Another Delay – NLRB Poster on Workplace Rights Again Set Back

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a Final Rule requiring most private-sector employers to notify employees of their rights to unionize. (See our first blog on New Employer Posting Requirements). The notice rule was originally scheduled require posting the rights in the workplace starting November 14, 2011, and then that date was postponed until January 31, 2012.  Now, [...]

December 23rd, 2011|News|

I was fired from my job! Do I have a case?

Whether you believe you were terminated from your employment for a discriminatory reason such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), disability, marital status, age or retaliation (or currently working with the discrimination), one of the most important questions you may have is, "Do I have a case?" Before you contact an attorney you [...]

December 22nd, 2011|Retweetable|

Customer Lists Are "Trade Secrets"-With Caveats

Nebraska Revised Statutes sections 87-501 through 87-507, known as the "Trade Secrets Act" ("Act"), contains several provisions applying to employees and employers alike when it comes to "customer lists." When an employee is considering leaving an employer, an employer's customer list may be an appealing piece of information to an employee, especially if the employee [...]

November 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

NLRB Judge Rules on Social Media, Employee Handbook Case

A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge recently ruled that an employer did not wrongfully terminate an employee for two Facebook postings. The first involved pictures and remarks making fun of the quality of food being served at the employer’s BMW dealership which insinuated that the food would hurt sales and was inappropriate given [...]

October 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|