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Court of Appeal allows Sharon Shoesmith’s appeal and declares her dismissal void
  • RPC
  • United Kingdom
  • June 13 2011

In this high-profile case, Ms Shoesmith was summarily dismissed by Haringey Council as Director of Children’s Services (DCS) in December 2008 following the failures of Haringey’s social services department in the Baby P case

Teacher can't sue church school for FEHA violations
  • Littler Mendelson
  • USA
  • December 23 2011

A California Court of Appeal has ruled that a religious school teacher who was living "out of wedlock" with her boyfriend as they raised their child cannot state a claim against the church for wrongful termination based upon marital status discrimination

Supreme Court decides Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC
  • Faegre Baker Daniels
  • USA
  • January 11 2012

On January 11, 2012, the Supreme Court decided Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, No. 10-553, holding that the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution create a "ministerial exception" that protects a religious organization's choice to hire or fire a minister from anti-discrimination laws

U. S. Supreme Court unanimously recognizes ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • USA
  • January 12 2012

On January 11, 2012, the United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed the existence of a “ministerial exception” grounded in both the Free Exercise Clause and Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that operates as an affirmative defense to bar a “minister” from suing a religious institution for employment discrimination

Defer no time - Ernst v. City of Chicago
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2012

In 2004, five women applied to be paramedics with the Chicago fire department, a demanding job with a demanding application process

Clarifying the cat's paw: just how independent does "independent" have to be?
  • Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP
  • USA
  • September 15 2011

Earlier in the year, the Supreme Court unanimously held in a landmark decision that employers could be liable for employment decisions influenced by managers or supervisors who had unlawful motives

Appellate update: Raum v. City of Bellevue Wash. App. No. 67213-4-I
  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • USA
  • October 17 2012

The City of Bellevue employed Raum as a firefighter for more than 19 years

Statutory holiday how to manage holiday entitlement for employees on sick leave
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 10 2012

The Court of Appeal has upheld the Employment Appeal Tribunals ruling in NHS Leeds v Larner and decided that employees who do not have the opportunity to take annual holiday entitlement because they are on long-term sick leave are: entitled to carry their unused holiday forward into the following year; as well as receive a payment in lieu of untaken holiday when their employment terminates

Court approves NYC's proposed entry-level firefighter exam after disparate impact analysis
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • USA
  • October 17 2012

On September 28, 2012, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted the City of New York’s unopposed motion seeking approval of the City’s retooled entry-level firefighter exam in United States v. The City of New York, No. 07-CV-2067, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140766 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2012

Employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy in work computers: Supreme Court of Canada
  • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Canada
  • October 22 2012

In R. v. Cole, 2012 SCC 53 (October 19, 2012), the Supreme Court of Canada held that employees may reasonably expect privacy in the information stored on their work-issued computers at least where personal use is permitted or reasonably expected