Labor and Employment Law Section

The section focuses on all traditional labor relations issues and matters arising in individual employment rights. A continuing legal education seminar on employment law issues is sponsored annually by the section, as is a regular newsletter.

Waller Lansden Dortch Davis
PO Box 198966
Nashville, TN 37219
Immediate Past Chair
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Ave So Ste 1900
Nashville, TN 37201

New Law Targets Workplace Bullying

Currently, no federal law against workplace bullying exists, but Tennessee is the first state to enact a law to target workplace bullying, writes Heather Anderson in a Knoxville News Sentinel column. She explains the "Healthy Workplace Act" and suggests that regardless of the law, stopping bullying is good for business, employees and a business's bottom line.

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Court Looks at Religious Beards, Pay for Warehouse Workers

The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up the case of Arkansas prison inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard. Prison officials in the state do not permit beards except for inmates with certain skin conditions, who can have beards a quarter-inch long. Groups across the political spectrum and the Obama Administration say Holt has a right to grow a beard under a federal law aimed at protecting prisoners’ religious rights. WRCB-TV reports that the justices “appeared united … as they picked apart prison rules … that allow full Afros and mustaches, but no beards.” Also this week, the court heard from warehouse workers who want to be compensated for the time it takes to go through security checkpoints each day. The business community is opposing the idea, saying the security clearances are unrelated to core job duties. The Tennessean has more on that case.

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