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April 2015 Archives

Nassau Coliseum employees receive pink slips; what's next?

While the New York Islanders have been a beacon of sunlight for fans in and near Long Island as they work their way through the National Hockey League playoffs, a dark cloud looms overhead for many employees in the area. Over 40 full time, and 2,500 part time employees received termination letters this week, as the fate of the Nassau Coliseum remains uncertain in both the near and long term future.

Banned from the band: Band Director and OSU fight in court

Ohio State University band director Jonathan Walters gained national acclaim and recognition for revolutionizing college football halftime shows by OSU's marching band. Many of his shows went "viral" on YouTube earning hundreds of thousands of views from their complex dance patterns and arrangements synced with their music during the halftime shows. Walters is now singing a different tune however, after being fired from the university following claims that he mishandled several sexual discrimination allegations.

Understanding your rights as an employee

Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. Some are easy to recognize, but others may not be immediately noticeable. Employment protection laws were created during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's to protect employees from workplace discrimination. Employees have the right to work in a safe, harassment-free environment that is free of discrimination.

Am I entitled to severance if I'm fired?

In today's ever-changing economy, it is often difficult for employees to be certain about their job security. Any number of factors could lead to a company folding, moving, merging or downsizing. And when this occurs, employees are inevitably let go. Many full-time employees are given employee benefits, including health insurance and pension packages available upon retirement. Another benefit given to many employees, which may be available in the event of an employee termination, is severance compensation.

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