Whistleblower claims filed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act come with some limitations — namely, a very strict deadline and OSHA’s control of the investigation. TELG’s Nick Woodfield explained to Bloomberg Law that many of these cases, however, overlap with other laws, which may give whistleblowers more options — including the option to be represented by private counsel.
Bloomberg Law and other media reported on the recent settlement of TELG's client, Julie Reed. Ms. Reed will receive almost the maximum share allowed in qui tam cases as a reward for her work on behalf of the U.S. government. She alleged her former employer, KeyPoint, was misrepresenting high-level security clearance investigations.
The Muse interviewed TELG principal Adam Augustine Carter on what to do when faced with a non-solicitation agreement or clause. Adam emphasized understanding the details and how enforceable an agreement may be in your state before signing – and suggested negotiating to get the most beneficial deal.
Mandates requiring the COVID-19 booster vaccine are cropping up around the country as government agencies, employers, and universities debate the possible benefits and backlash. The Pews Trust spoke with TELG managing principal R. Scott Oswald about the legality of private employers requiring the booster.
TELG principal R. Scott Oswald gives advice to HR professionals stuck between doing what’s legally right and what their higher-ups want them to do. Scott suggests consulting with the employee handbook, other executives in the organization, or even outside counsel.
At the 2021 conference for the Society for Human Resource Management, TELG principal R. Scott Oswald gave a presentation on how HR professionals can be at risk of individual liability when there's wrongdoing in the workplace. Scott explained to the audience that jurors typically believe that HR has a responsibility to act when presented with possible wrongdoing.
At the 2021 conference for the Society for Human Resource Management, TELG principal R. Scott Oswald gave a presentation on how HR professionals can help their companies avoid a lawsuit. Scott explained to the audience that how HR gets involved in potential misconduct can have a major effect on resolving employment issues before they need to go to court. Scott offered five main tips, including how to stand up to the boss.
Barron’s spoke with TELG principal Nick Woodfield on President Biden’s new mandate requiring firms with 100 or more employees to require vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 testing. Nick explained that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the authority to enforce workplace safety regulations and the new mandate will likely withstand legal challenge.
Following TELG’s trial against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Human Resources Executive spoke with TELG principal Anita Chambers about recent legal trends. Multiple claims in a case are a common occurrence, Anita explained, and our case representing a former AstraZeneca employee is one such example.
WUSA9 spoke with TELG principal Tom Harrington about an important concern as people return to shared workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic: If you are fired for refusing to get a company-required vaccine, can you be denied unemployment benefits? With possible exceptions for disability or religious convictions, Tom explained, the rule is the same as for defiance of any other valid company policy.
The Oregonian along with other media reported on a whistleblower retaliation case filed by TELG client Suzanne Ivie, a former sales manager for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Ivie was awarded about $2.4 million in damages, following a trial that determined AstraZeneca retaliated against her for reporting possible illegal marketing tactics.
CBS 6 News interviewed TELG principal Nicholas Woodfield about whether employers can require workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and whether not complying can lead to termination. Nick said a judge would likely side with an employer – even if the employee has an exemption.