Child Custody 101

Growing up in the 70s and early 80s, I did not know anyone whose parents were divorced. My first introduction to “child custody” disputes was from watching Kramer v. Kramer, the 1979 movie where the mom (Meryl Streep) abandons her husband and son but returns after 15 months to claim her child. The custody battle…

Welcome to Divorce Reimagined

Have you ever thought that divorce could be a gift? That the brokenness you may feel when realizing your relationship is over is the beginning stage of transformation? Thirteen and a half years ago, I found myself facing the end of my second marriage. In reality, the marriage had died twelve and a half years…

Top Ten Tips for Success in Employment Law Mediations Webinar CLE

The Dispute Resolution Section & The Labor & Employment Law Section of the Utah State Bar Presents: Top Ten Tips for Success in Employment Law Mediations Mediators and seasoned employment litigators Chris Snow and Mike OBrien discuss the top ten tips practitioners should understand/implement for success in mediating employment law disputes. The webinar will be…

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 agreed to…

Are You Personally Liable for Employee Wage Claims?

Many business owners and executives are surprised to learn that even if their business is a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC), they may be personally liable for wage claims filed by their employees. Federal Law Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as interpreted by federal courts, you may be personally liable…

The Basics

What is the minimum wage in Utah? $7.25, which is the same as the federal minimum wage. (Utah Admin. Code r. R610-1-3.) Is overtime required under Utah law? Overtime is not required under Utah law, except for employees who are working on state contracts. Employees working on state contracts are entitled to 1.5 times their…

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…