Criminal prosecution under the Occupational Safety and Health Act
Employers do not typically think about the possibility of criminal liability under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. However, Section 17(e) of the Act punishes any employer convicted of willfully violating any standard, rule, order or regulation prescribed pursuant to the Act, if that violation caused an employee’s death.
In October 2009, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2010. Under the NDAA, qualifying “exigency leave” now allows an eligible employee to take leave for a qualifying exigency related to the deployment of a son/daughter or parent who is a member of a regular component of the armed forces.
In St. Aubin v. Unilever HPC NA, Civil Action No. 09 C 1874 (N.D. Ill. June 26, 2009), the court considered the applicability of Pyett.
FMLA—Qualifying Exigency Leave & Military Caregiver Leave
Embedded in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 (“NDAA”) is a military family leave statute. It grants covered military members’ families unpaid leave to manage qualifying exigencies resulting from a family member being on, or called to, active duty (“Qualifying Exigency Leave”), or to care for a family member with a serious injury or illness (“Military Caregiver Leave”).
Hiring and Firing: A new book
Print copies of law books still are being published, and some good ones at that. One example is the recently released book, Hiring and Firing. Written by Frances Kulka Browne and Lauren Reiter Brody, this treatise covers in 12 chapters virtually every conceivable matter that could arise under the rubric of employment law.
Your IT personnel have become child porn cops
Under a recent amendment to the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, there is a new obligation on certain Illinois workers to report child pornography which they discover on the job.