Date archive: May 2014

CLEAN UP ON AISLE 7: NLRB Nixes Kroger of Michigan’s Online Communications Policy

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ordered the Kroger of Michigan Company (Kroger) to cease and desist maintaining its online communications policy, because it is “overbroad” and tends to chill employees from exercising their collective bargaining rights. Anita Granger was given a written warning for violating part of the policy, which barred employees from…

New Rights for Pregnant Employees on the Horizon

Legislation that would make it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees is nearer to becoming law. House Bill 8 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to give pregnant employees a right to reasonable accommodations for conditions related pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy related medical conditions. The…

CAUTION: Schedule Changes for an Employee Already Accommodated Under the ADA Can Violate the Act

Last month, the Northern District of Illinois recently ruled in Isbell v. John Crane, Inc., that an Employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA” or “the Act”) when it unilaterally changed an Employee’s later start time as an accommodation for her difficulty functioning in early morning. For two years, the Employer granted the Employee…

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