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 Rewind! – Silver-Buckshot

This week we are revisiting an earlier episode that is still highly relevant to today's water discussion. We are looking back on episode 43: Silver-Buckshot.Jesse Clark of Stream Landscape Architecture and Planning talks us through his many projects and the...

Ripple Effect Rewind! – River City

This week we are revisiting an earlier episode that is still highly relevant to today's water discussion. We are looking back on episode 21: River City.Soren Simonsen, Executive Director of the Jordan River Commission, discusses the importance of vibrant urban...

Ripple Effect 161: Maven’s Notebook

Chris Austin, publisher of Maven’s Notebook, walks us through her EXCELLENT website covering all things California water news. Maven’s Notebook is brimming with timely and comprehensive information on a number of hot topics. Chris discusses collaboration as both the...

Ripple Effect 160: Great Salt Lake Issues Forum

Lynn de Freitas, Executive Director of Friends of Great Salt Lake, joins us to discuss their 2024 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum – "Great Salt Lake: To Preserve and Protect in Perpetuity, How are We Doing?" A great conversation about how to gauge progress on the Lake...

Ripple Effect 159: Solar Panels Over Canals

Jon Parry, Assistant Manager for Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, joins us to discuss the many benefits of their solar panel demonstration project over the Layton Canal. This project is so cool on so many levels and has some serious potential for scalability...

Ripple Effect 158: HDH Desalination Technology

Christopher Link, Founder, joins us to discuss his HDH Desalination Technology and his HALO Team’s participation in Elon Musk’s X-Prize Competition. Do not miss this conversation! So many interesting and innovative ideas occurring about how to incentivize useful water...