As reported on our Benefits Law Advisor, the EEOC has issued proposed wellness program regulations. Much of the attention to those proposed rules understandably will be how they would affect the incentives employers have implemented to spur their employees to engage in healthier behaviors. The proposed rules also address, however, the confidentiality provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act… Continue Reading
According to the New York Times, Bellevue Hospital Center patient Craig Spencer, the first New Yorker to be infected with Ebola, is scheduled to be released today. And while the intense reporting about Ebola has subsided, perhaps indicating a lowering of the perceived threat of Ebola spreading further in the U.S. (although many continue to… Continue Reading
Effective management of an Ebola infection in your business can be dramatically enhanced by some careful planning. If you are addressing safety and health issues, questions about whether an employee should come to work (or employees who don’t want to come to work because of a belief there is an infected employee there already), or… Continue Reading
We addressed the dangers of “snooping” into patient records by hospital workers spurred by incidents of Ebola and Enterovirus D-86 in the U.S. Of course, the workplace challenges created by Ebola, Enterovirus D-86 and other contagious diseases and illnesses in the workplace go far beyond snooping, and far beyond healthcare employers. Employers in all industries are facing dilemmas in… Continue Reading
You may have been reading about how “Big Data” technologies are being used for a variety of purposes, such as making purchase suggestions based on prior buying patterns or staging law enforcement resources based on predictions for where and when crimes are likely to occur. But these technologies also are being used in the human resources context,… Continue Reading
The Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of California expanded the tort of "public disclosure of private facts" under that state’s common law right to privacy in a case involving a claim by an employee against her supervisor and employer. Ignat v. Yum! Brands, Inc. et al, No. G046434, (Cal. Ct. App. March… Continue Reading
Read Jackson Lewis’ white paper addressing legal risks stemming from occupational health nurses and on-site health clinics
Have you ever reviewed the Facebook or LinkedIn profile or other social media activity of an employee or applicant? How about requiring employees or applicants to provide access to social media activity as a condition of employment.
On-site health clinics, occupational health clinics, and in-house physicians can be attractive options for businesses that take a comprehensive approach to disability and leave management. However, as one federal district court makes clear, employers need to be mindful of the workplace law risks. This case involves one of those risks – the ADA and its confidentiality requirements.
Companies frequently receive requests for information about current and former employees. These requests often come in the form of an attorney’s demand letter or a subpoena and apply to the individual’s medical records. Failing to carefully think through whether and how to respond can be a costly trap for the unwary.
Does your HR staff know the limits on what they could tell prospective employers about former employees? In this case, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged that 7-Eleven of Hawaii failed to keep a former employee’s medical information confidential by disclosing the information to a prospective employer, in violation of the ADA, which caused the… Continue Reading
EEOC “Rehabilitation Act” “medical information” MRC “medical records custodians”
A recent case emphasizes that employers must ensure they do not make improper medical inquiries related to pre-employment drug test results at the pre-offer stage. John Harrison v. Benchmark Electronics, Inc., No. 08-16656, 2010 App. LEXIS 632 (11th Cir. Jan. 11, 2010). Some valuable lessons for employers are discussed below. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals… Continue Reading