December 15, 2016 by Brenda Rodeheffer
A significant employee-related development this year was a study of harassment and retaliation in the workplace by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Harassment as a legal issue dates back to 1986 when the US Supreme Court held that the sexual harassment of a female bank executive created a hostile work environment and was a [...]
September 21, 2016 by Brenda Rodeheffer
Increase pay or limit hours is the choice for many employers effective December 1st under a new Department of Labor rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers are under more stringent standards concerning over-time pay for non-exempt employees. Most court employees are, and will remain, classified as non-exempt but courts should be aware [...]
February 25, 2016 by Brenda Rodeheffer
Two salary issues have been vexing a number of courts: 1) must court employees be paid for every hour worked when they are “salaried” and 2) may court reporters work during the regular work hours when the reporter is preparing a transcript?
Both state statutes and case law frequently refer to the salaries of public employees [...]
January 25, 2016 by Brenda Rodeheffer
Judge Steady, I won the lottery!,” exclaimed Court Reporter Sue Lucky. Yea for twenty-year employee Sue, who is celebrating by resigning that very day to find a new winter home near her grandchildren in Arizona.
An employer is lucky to get a week’s notice. All courts are “at will” employers and employees are free to resign [...]
May 12, 2015 by Brenda Rodeheffer
Once upon a time, the employer determined medical leave. Whether an employee had the ability to stay home when ill without risk of termination depended on the boss.
After a nine-year legislative battle, in 1993 Congress enacted the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For many workers, FMLA proved to be a great boon. [...]
October 3, 2014 by Brenda Rodeheffer
The focus of this article is on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the obligations of judges to all persons who use court services and who need accommodation to do so.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for many years has made enforcement of the ADA a major priority. A significant part of [...]
February 7, 2014 by Brenda Rodeheffer
County contracts and programs govern health care benefits for trial court employees. However, trial court judges in their roles as employers should still know some key things about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-148 § 5505, or “Obamacare,” but most commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act [...]
June 24, 2013 by Brenda Rodeheffer
Martin has been working as a probation officer for seventeen years during which time he provided good to commendable service to the court. He and Judge Edwards have seen a lot together and are very comfortable with each other. However, lately all is not well with Martin, and no one knows exactly what [...]
December 20, 2012 by Brenda Rodeheffer
If a court employee sues regarding a condition of employment, the proper defendant can be the judge of the court, the state, the county or any combination of these depending upon the cause of action. There are counties with excellent employee handbooks and counties whose handbooks are deficient. Even if the court’s county [...]
July 3, 2012 by Brenda Rodeheffer
The unpleasant day might arrive when a summons or a notice arrives that names a judge as a defendant. Do not fret, just send it to me! There are four primary types of notices or summons that may land on a judge’s desk: unemployment claims, discrimination charges, notice of tort claims and [...]