Posted from Heather’s column in the Knoxville News Sentinel from February 19, 2017 June 16, 2015 was a monumental day for a couple of reasons. First, that is the day now-President Donald Trump threw his red trucker hat into the ring for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Second, Golden State won its first NBA championship…

Two small bottles of orange juice cost a major Tennessee company more than $277,000. When an employee has a disability such as diabetes and is denied an accommodation in the form of a policy exception, it can mean big bucks in attorneys’ fees, time away from work for managers and employees, and damages. According to…

The dictionary defines horseplay as “rough or loud play: energetic and noisy playful activity,” while a “hostile work environment” can exist when one’s behavior within a workplace creates an environment that is difficult for another person to work in. But it’s not that easy to prove one exists. A 2014 Workplace Bullying survey conducted by…

Here lately, inquiries about disabilities in the workplace and how to deal with them fill my inbox. Googling the phrase “Americans with Disabilities Act” yields 22,400,000 responses. The ADA is a 26-year-old federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also sets forth…

Americans will celebrate anything. Heck, this month alone we have “National Drink Wine Day,” and for some, drinking wine is a religion. For the past 10 years, employees have steadily filed workplace-based religious-discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. There are no fewer than 16 religious holidays or “holy days” in February. While you…

Tennessee Savings Statute (T.C.A. § 28-1-105(a) Saves the Case – to the Chagrin of a Law Firm. Tennessee Supreme Court recently held the savings statute applies to save an action filed within an extended statute of limitations set by tolling agreement. In 2010, a judgment in the amount of $1.6+M was entered against Circle C…

Whether you celebrated it or not, a major U.S. holiday just passed. And over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, battles were waged on social media outlets over whether stores should be open on Thanksgiving Day or remain closed. The United States is the only country in the world without any required paid vacation days or holidays….

T-Mobile Knocks Tenn. City For Cell Tower DenialShare us on: By Jacob Fischler Law360, Washington (October 30, 2015, 2:14 PM ET) — A T-Mobile unit asked a Tennessee federal judge Thursday to force the city of Knoxville to approve a permit — which it previously denied — for the construction of a cellphone tower, saying…

Have you ever wondered whether or not you should be compensating your employees while you all attend a training seminar? If you require your employees, such as physician assistants, to attend specific continuing education courses, then you need to pay for the cost of the course as well as compensate the employee for the time…

Families worried after being told to leave Knox County motel Families worried after being told to leave Knox County motel By Stephanie Beecken Published: August 26, 2015, 6:17 pm Updated: August 26, 2015, 6:42 pm POWELL (WATE) – Several families are concerned that they may be forced to live on the streets after getting eviction…