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Monthly Archives: July 2011

What is the “Interactive Process”?

Posted in Discrimination and Harassment Law and Practice

As an employer’s representative, I know that when I become aware of an employee’s disability, or even now, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) amendments, when I become aware of an employee’s impairment that could impact the employee’s job, I must engage in an “interactive process.”  But what is that?  How does the interactive… Continue Reading

“Guns at Work” – New Tennessee Law Allows Employees to Carry Guns at Work Without Creating an OSHA Hazard

Posted in Doing Business in Tennessee

On March 31, 2011, Governor Haslam signed Senate Bill 519 into law.  The law recognizes that any employer permitting a person to legally carry a firearm on the employer’s property does not constitute an “occupational safety and health hazard” to employees.  In Tennessee, it is legal for permitted gun owners to carry their firearms on… Continue Reading

The Wal-Mart Class Action Decision

Posted in Discrimination and Harassment Law and Practice

What Are the Implications for Business? Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit attempting to assert claims of gender discrimination on behalf of nearly 1.5 million female employees of Wal-Mart.  The decision has been hailed as one of the most significant business decisions in recent years.  While certainly a significant decision, the result was… Continue Reading