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Eric A. Welter is an employment lawyer and litigator with the Welter Law Firm, P.C. in Herndon, Virginia. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Texas and California.
The Welter Law Firm represents and advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship and represents businesses in commercial and franchise litigation. The firm’s offices are located in Northern Virginia; Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.
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Category Archives: HR
Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law Michigan’s Social Network Account Privacy Act (House Bill 5523), prohibiting employers and educational institutions from requesting that applicants, employees, or students provide their account information or passwords to access private internet, email, and … Continue reading
Employers To Start Considering Use Of Part-Time Employees As Obamacare Measurement Period Starts January 1, 2013
A passage in a blog post I read today caught my attention — apparently the time period to count how many employees an employer has for purposes of Obamacare coverage (and penalties) starts January 1, 2013. The quote is from … Continue reading
My wife is reading What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell (Amazon). She brought the book to my attention because of the potential implications of power law distribution theory to human resources. (How’s that for a mouthful?) You have to … Continue reading
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has assumed the role as the new enforcer of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act) established the consumer bureau. More after the break.
The OpenMarket.org blog has an interesting post here called “Federal Government: Fire Good Employees, Hire Bad Ones” about the conflicting positions of various government agencies and regulations on the issue of criminal histories of employees. It includes discussion on the … Continue reading
Does diversity training work? Peter Bregman writes in an article at Psychology Today that diversity training actually promotes prejudice. More after the break.
The Password Protection Act of 2012 was introduced on May 9, 2012, by several Democratic Senators. More after the break.
An under-the-radar topic — gun-owner rights — has started to receive increasing (negative) scrutiny from the press and law professors. The debate sets the hot button issue of workplace violence against the Second Amendment and state concealed carry laws. More … Continue reading
A pending lawsuit in Pennsylvania raises the question of whether an employee’s social media connections are the property of the employee or the employer. More after the break.
An employee has filed a negligent hiring lawsuit in Roanoke, Virginia, after a sexual assault in the employer’s parking lot. The lawsuit claims that had a criminal background check been performed on the alleged attacker, the company would have discovered … Continue reading
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will require certain employers to report the cost of coverage under employer-sponsored group health plans. More after the break.
A company that screens job applicants is facing a negligence claim for allegedly missing the criminal record of a leasing agent hired by a Falls Church apartment complex. The leasing agent was later convicted of capital murder and rape of … Continue reading
The critical importance for employers to explicitly define and restrict the level of computer access allowed by employees is highlighted by a recent Court of Appeals decision. United States v. Nosal, 642 F.3d 781 (9th Cir. 2011). In Nosal, the … Continue reading
Effective March 22, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed sending out No-match letters to employers. No-match letters are issued by the SSA if an employee’s name or other personal information does not correspond to a valid Social Security … Continue reading
If you guessed California, you are correct. Overlawyered has a post on proposed legislation to prohibit employers in California from discriminating against medical marijuana users here. More after the break.