Elizabeth Bowersox

Elizabeth Bowersox

McAfee & Taft

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OSHA issues new whistleblower investigations manual with aggressive new standard

Employers are familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement of workplace safety standards, but OSHA also enforces the whistleblower provisions of 21 other federal laws in addition to the...more

3/15/2016 - Burden of Proof OSHA Protected Activity Standard of Review Whistleblower Protection Policies

Court rules informal complaint about overtime could be basis of FLSA retaliation claim

The number of overtime and minimum wage claims against employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continues to rise, and with that rise comes the risk of FLSA retaliation claims. As a new case from the Tenth Circuit...more

12/21/2015 - Complaint Procedures Employer Liability Issues FLSA Hiring & Firing Over-Time Protected Activity Retaliation Wage and Hour

Start planning now for new overtime rules expected July 2016

Employers should begin preparations for the likely announcement of new overtime regulations. The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it anticipates publishing final versions of new overtime rules in July of 2016. The...more

12/13/2015 - DOL Exempt-Employees FLSA Minimum Salary Over-Time

Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers. Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the...more

6/19/2015 - DOL Minimum Wage Students Unpaid Interns Unpaid Overtime Viacom Wage and Hour Warner Music Group

Secret Connections: LinkedIn contacts may be a trade secret

A California court recently determined that an employee’s LinkedIn contacts could be considered a “trade secret” in a case where the employee retained his contacts after he left the company and began a competing venture....more

12/31/2014 - Client Data Facebook LinkedIn Popular Social Media Social Media Policy Trade Secrets Twitter

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Lifting restrictions weigh down employees’ ADA claims

Two recent court decisions considered whether employees who had permanent lifting restrictions were “qualified individuals” entitled to relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

8/7/2014 - ADA Disability EEOC Employer Liability Issues Reasonable Accommodation

Policing the workplace: Are you my supervisor?

A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals case involving the rape of an employee by her superior clarifies the Tenth Circuit’s case law on when an individual is considered a “supervisor,” and also provides a cautionary tale for...more

3/27/2014 - Harassment Sexual Harassment Supervisors

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