Labor & Employment Law Update, October 2010



New Partnership Between DOL and DOT Could Mean Increased Pressure on Employers to Combat Distracted Driving
By Ashlee M. Bekish

In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and a half million were injured in crashes involving distracted driving, according to a recent survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) have announced a partnership to combat distracted driving, particularly in the workplace.  Read more...

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Improving the Health Care Workforce: “Geriatric and Long-Term Care, Public Health, Allied Health, & Mental and Behavioral Health Workforces” – Fourth in Series
By Bruce J. Douglas and Kelly McBeain
This is Larkin Hoffman’s final article in the four-part series concerning how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act intends to make changes in the workforce of health care professionals.  This article looks at the efforts of the PPACA to increase the supply and training of geriatric and long-term care, public health, allied health, and mental and behavioral health workforces.  Read more...

Single Absence did not Constitute Misconduct to Disqualify Employee from Unemployment Compensation
By Julia H. Halbach
The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently held that a single absence by an employee did not constitute misconduct sufficient to disqualify the employee from receiving unemployment compensation.  Read more...

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Race Discrimination Claim Based on Employer’s Established Policy Regarding Criminal History Checks
By Julia H. Halbach
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed a race discrimination case based on the employer’s criminal records policy.  Read more...

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