|Dec. 1, 2010 | www.fisherphillips.com|
While many of you have a wealth of experience with litigation – probably more than you want – other readers have been fortunate enough to go years or even decades in business without being part of a lawsuit. Some have recently moved into a new position that puts you front-and-center for lawsuit-related discussions. Those who are new to lawsuits are frequently surprised by the reality of the law, our court system, and litigation in general.
It comes as no surprise that employers in the last several years have been forced to focus on survival in an extremely difficult environment. There have been sharply decreased (or nonexistent) profit margins, falling sales, reorganizations, reductions in force, retrenchment and reversion to the mean.
A police officer has sued the City of Chicago (on behalf of himself and others) seeking pay for time spent dealing with work-related phone calls, voice-mails, e-mails, text messages, and work orders via BlackBerry® devices and similar "personal digital assistants."
With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties where alcohol will be served. They generally want to know about the risk involved if an employee drinks too much at the party and misbehaves, or worse injures or kills someone on the way home.