Can I Require My Employees To Be Nonsmokers?

Can I Require My Employees To Be Nonsmokers?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
When I first started practicing law, I was asked by a fitness-conscious employer whether he could require his employees to quit smoking. After some research into the Americans with Disabilities Act, I concluded, “no.” Basically, I concluded that smoking...
If My Employee Criticized My Business On Social Media, Can I Fire Her?

If My Employee Criticized My Business On Social Media, Can I Fire Her?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
It’s a common reaction. An employee bad-mouths you and your business on Facebook. So you fire her. Before the time of social media (and the internet), I was in college. I also worked a job after school where I had a boss who was a strange, quirky person. I did a...
Do Employers Have to Accommodate Employees Who Object to Serving Gay Customers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Do Employers Have to Accommodate Employees Who Object to Serving Gay Customers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
So I have a heavy topic for you today: Do employers have to accommodate employees who object to serving gay customers based on religious beliefs? Pretend that you own a bakery. You have an employee who sincerely objects against gay marriage for religious reasons. Your...
Is It Wrongful Termination If I Fire The Accused Employee?

Is It Wrongful Termination If I Fire The Accused Employee?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
Human beings are hard-wired to believe in fairness and justice. Psychological studies show that all but the most psychopathic of people feel a strong feeling of disgust when they witness something “unfair” or “unjust.” That’s why this...
What is the Status on Firing Employees for Medical Marijuana Use?

What is the Status on Firing Employees for Medical Marijuana Use?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
The Current State of Medical Marijuana Use As of December 2014, states where medical marijuana is legal no longer have to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Hidden within a 1000+ page spending measure, Congress essentially approved lifting the...
What do you need to know about Equal Pay laws?

What do you need to know about Equal Pay laws?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
With the current surge of women’s rights issues in the news, equal pay laws have been receiving a lot of attention. As an employer, you should be aware of both state and federal laws governing this area. For example, California Labor Code 1197.5 prohibits the...
Page 1 of 512345