Victoria B. Finlinson

The NLRB Prohibits Confidentiality, Non-Disparagement Provisions in Severance Agreements with Non-Managerial Employees

Confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions have become staples in employee severance agreements. Following the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) recent opinion in McLaren Macomb, 372 NLRB No. 58 (2023), these terms may be a thing of the past. In McLaren Macomb, 372 NLRB No. 58 (2023), the Board examined whether the employer violated...

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The Rules Don’t Apply to Those Who Apply: Asking Applicants for Their COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Can you ask an applicant their COVID-19 vaccination status? November 4, 2021 By now, most employers have at least broached the question of whether they can request employees’ vaccination status. While employers can in fact request this medical information from employees and even terminate employees who do not comply with disclosure or vaccine...

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You Asked, We Listened: A Seat at the Table

The Utah Bar Journal recently published the article “You Asked, We Listened: A Seat at the Table,” written by Victoria B. Finlinson. A Seat at the Table is the Young Lawyer Division's latest initiative and provides members of the YLD with opportunities to serve their communities in a meaningful way, including running for office; pursuing an...

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The Bottom Line: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Your Business

With tax season upon us, many Americans are being forced to learn what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) (deemed the most consequential tax reform in a generation) really entails and its impact on a business’ bottom line. While the changes in income tax brackets has been most heavily covered in the media, many employers are surprised to learn...

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You’re Hired! How Trump’s EEOC and NLRB Appointments May Impact Your Business

In just his first week in office, President Trump, through two new appointments, has initiated an ideology shift at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans Victoria Lipnic and Philip A. Miscimarra were appointed as acting chairpersons for the EEOC and NLRB, respectively. Both Lipnic and...

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Employers—Get Your Priorities Straight: EEOC Releases its Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021

On October 17, 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 ("Plan") and businesses would be wise to take notice. The Plan is essentially a blueprint for where the EEOC will devote its resources, and establishes which substantive areas of employment will be its top...

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2016 Utah Legislative Session & Employment Law

In this year’s legislative session, the Utah Legislature passed the following three bills that Utah employers should take into account in their workplace policies and procedures: Amendments to the Utah Antidiscrimination Act (SB 59) Senate Bill 59 added new accommodation requirements to the Utah Antidiscrimination Act specifically within the...

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More than Ramps and Parking Spots: How Your Website Could be Violating the ADA

You may be surprised to know that if your website is not accessible to the visually and hearing impaired you are currently in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, otherwise known as the ADA. That’s right—the Department of Justice (DOJ) has deemed websites within the scope of the ADA and a flood of demand letters have been...

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Ripple Effect 151: Discover Ag. Podcast

Tara Vander Dussen, Co-Host of the Discover Ag. Podcast, joins us for a lively and informative discussion about agricultural news and information. We dive into the presence and impact of social media, themes and trends, and why the new “food curious” movement is...

Ripple Effect 150: Colorado River Authority of Utah

Amy Haas, Executive Director of the Colorado River Authority of Utah, talks us through the inception of the entity, how it executes its mission to protect and defend Utah’s portion of the Colorado River, and where the Authority is leading out in tackling hard...

Ripple Effect 149: Watershed Improvements for Carbon Credits

Alex Johnson, Chief Strategic Officer for Virridy, walks us through this Company’s unique, and very innovative, platform to merge monitoring water quality improvements with selling carbon credits on the voluntary carbon market. Hint – treating water is energy...

Ripple Effect 148: Scaling Up! H2O – from Host to Guest!

In this very special episode, Emily joins the podcast not as a host, but as a guest! Join us as our beloved host Emily Lewis takes the spotlight on an entirely separate water podcast - 'Scaling Up! H2O.' Here's your chance to get personal with our host....

Ripple Effect 147: Snow Report 2023-2024

Jordan Clayton, Supervisor for the Utah Snow Survey at NRCS, joins us to discuss the status of Utah’s snow year and our water supply. Good news – after a slow start, the State is overall at 102% of normal. Bad news – we have a long way to go in the water year and we...

Ripple Effect 146: 2024 Legislative Preview!

Jeff Gittins joins us to discuss upcoming bills for the 2024 Legislative Sessions. A couple key bills, notes, and lots of follow-up tweaks for the last couple years of policy. As always, a great discussion; and check-out Jeff’s Utah Water Law and Water Rights blog.

Ripple Effect 145: 2024 Water Preview: Its Going to be Awesome!

Shaina Shay, Owner and Editor of The Water Report, shares her insights as to what will be big in 2024! PFAS, the Energy Water Nexus, Colorado River, Technology, and Aging Infrastructure all make an appearance. Shaina always brings thoughtful commentary and a unique...