Not many employees enter into employment agreements. As discussed in our latest article, it can be beneficial to both the employer and employee to have an employment agreement in place. There are numerous terms that can be included in an employment agreement. These terms can address termination, wages, compensation, and other benefits of employment. Having an employment agreement can help to avoid dispute if an employee is later separated. Please contact us if you have questions about employment agreements.
We receive calls almost daily from potential clients inquiring about harassment experienced in the workplace. As we explain to the potential client, harassment is not in the abstract. In other words, there is no general prohibition on people being mean to each other in the workplace. Rather, for a claim of harassment to be viable, it must be discriminatory harassment, harassment in violation of a contract, agreement, or the employer’s policy, or harassment in retaliation for engaging in some activity protected by statute, rule or regulation. Additional information can be found in our new article.
If you believe you have been the victim of unlawful harassment, contact us: 720-999-5390.
Benjamin E. Wick will be presenting at the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association's upcoming conference titled Representing Government Workers 101. The conference focuses on the complications associated with representation of public employees, including state and federal workers. Mr. Wick will be presenting on the federal EEO process for federal employees raising allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. He will also be part of a panel providing tips for representing government workers. Information on registration can be found at the link below. Join us!
Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Although such accommodations are mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act), it can be difficult to find the right accommodation. This is particularly true for accommodations that are new, different, or changing. Furthermore, the accommodation cannot pose an undue hardship for the employer. As such, it is important to explore and identify various reasonable accommodation options. Here are some tips.
Federal employees and private sector employees can have a different legal standard applied to the same set of circumstances. One of the areas where is problem arises is when a reasonable accommodation is needed for commuting to or from work. Navigating the differences in the ways in which the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act are interpreted can be challenging. The link below includes information about the legal standard that applies for federal government employees who need an accommodation because of a disability when commuting.
Curious about protections provided to workers over age 40 in signing settlement agreements, severance agreements, and otherwise waiving claims? Check out our new article on the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA).
Numerous questions have been posed to our attorneys about the overlap between discrimination claims raised by federal government employees with other types of claims raised by federal employees. Information on the overlap between types of claims can be found in our new article titled:
The Wick Law Office's Holly V. Franson has issued new guidance for federal government employees who have been forced to take leave or suspended, without notice, from employment with a federal agency. The guidance discusses situations in which employees of the federal government can challenge constructive suspensions and forced leave lasting more than 14 days.
The Wick Law Office is very pleased to announce that our new book, Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Practice Guide, is available for preorder. The book was written by the Wick Law Office’s Benjamin E. Wick and Holly V. Franson. It includes detailed practical guidance for federal sector processing in equal employment opportunity cases from start to finish, including relating to procedural issues that arise in complaints and the legal standards that apply to specific discrimination claims. Preorder information can be found at the link below.
The Wick Law Office has issued some recommendations to federal employees to assist in determining if an EEO complaint is timely.
The Wick Law Office wrote a series of articles for LexisNexis. More information can be found at:
The Wick Law Office is pleased to welcome our summer law clerks, Brittany and Melissa, from the University of Colorado Law School.
Benjamin E. Wick was recently named a 2016 Colorado Rising Star by Super Lawyers! Congratulations!
The Wick Law Office's Reasonable Accommodation Training Group will be presenting at this year's Imagine Autism Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 8, 2016. More information about our presentation and the conference can be found at http://www.reasonableaccommodationtraining.com/news/.
In a recent decision by the 10th Circuit, the Court found that a plaintiff could recover both liquidated damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and penalties under the Colorado Wage Act (CWA). This should impact the value of claims brought by plaintiffs under the FLSA and CWA. John Crone's summary of the case can be found here:
Thank you to everyone at the 2015 Southwest Conference on Disability. We had a great group at our presentation. We enjoyed meeting all of you and appreciate the opportunity for discussion about reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
John Crone has been working hard on behalf of some of our business clients to further their interests for future growth. Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/August-Issue-5-2015/Federal-rules-state-caution-stymie-cannabis-investments/
The Wick Law Office's Reasonable Accommodation Training Group will be presenting at the 2015 Southwest Conference on Disability at the Albuquerque Convention Center on October 9, 2015. Our session will focus on reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and emerging issues relating to reasonable accommodations. More information about the conference can be found at www.cdd.unm.edu/swconf/. For information about trainings offered by the Reasonable Accommodation Training Group, please see our website at: www.reasonableaccommodationtraining.com.