Shaunda L. McNeill

Federal Vaccine Mandates

September 10, 2021 Yesterday President Biden issued two Executive Orders and a COVID-19 action plan, in furtherance of a strong federal policy of increasing the number of Americans who are vaccinated against COVID-19. The Orders and plan rely largely on employers to implement this policy. The first Executive Order requires all federal agencies to...

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What is the Statute of Limitations for Wage Claims under the Utah Payment of Wages Act?

As discussed in our prior post, the Utah Payment of Wages Act (UPWA) provides for wage claims to be filed to two forums: the Wage Claim Unit of the Utah Labor Commission and the courts. In general, claims for $10,000 or less are filed with the Labor Commission, and claims for over $10,000 are filed with the courts. The UPWA is clear that wage...

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Can A Utah Employee File for Unemployment Benefits After Signing a Severance Agreement?

Under Utah law, an employee’s right to unemployment benefits cannot be waived in a severance agreement. However, the terms of a severance agreement may affect the employee’s entitlement to unemployment benefits in several ways. Nature of Termination If the severance agreement states that the employee has resigned or that the parties have mutually...

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Utah Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeals, Holds that Employers May Opportunistically Terminate At-Will Employees

As reported in a prior blog "Utah Court of Appeals Holds that Following the Letter of Your Employees’ Employment Agreements May Not Be Enough" a little over a year ago, the Utah Court of Appeals held in Vander Veur v. Groove Entertainment Technologies (2018 UT App 148) that "breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair...

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Utah Court of Appeals Holds that Following the Letter of Your Employees’ Employment Agreements May Not Be Enough

On August 9, 2018, the Utah Court of Appeals held in Vander Veur v. Groove Entertainment Technologies (2018 UT App 148) that "breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing may be asserted for the limited purpose of protecting from opportunistic interference an employee’s justified expectations in receiving the fruits of...

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Supreme Court Declines to Review Seventh Circuit Determination that Extended Leave is not a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

On April 2, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., 872 F.3d 476 (7th Cir. 2017), which held that multi-month leave is not a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plaintiff...

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