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Class Action Waiver Update: Ogletree Deakins Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting Businesses and Employers

On June 16, 2017, Ogletree Deakins filed an amicus brief in the class action waiver cases that are currently before the Supreme Court of the United States: National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems...more

States May Not “Hale” an Out-of-State Railroad: No Personal Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Rules

On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held that section 56 of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) does not address personal jurisdiction over railroads. The two underlying lawsuits were filed in...more

Neil M. Gorsuch Confirmed to Be the Next Supreme Court Justice

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Gorsuch’s nomination establishes a 5-4 conservative majority on the high court,...more

. . . And Then They Invoked the Nuclear Option: Gorsuch’s Nomination to be Confirmed

On April 6, 2017, Senate Republicans invoked the nuclear option - clearing the road for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch. As a result, Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States is...more

No April Fools: Groundbreaking California Workplace Violence Safety Order for Healthcare Workers to Take Effect on April 1

The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board recently passed a new safety order intended to protect healthcare workers from workplace violence. The new safety order, which the California Office of...more

Employer Discretion Advised: The Latest on San Francisco’s Cutting-Edge Parental Leave Ordinance

San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) became effective on January 1, 2017, for employers with 50 or more employees. Effective July 1, 2017, the PPLO also applies to employers with 35 or more employees and, on...more

EEOC Made Easy? Agency Launches New Online Portal to Ease Intake in Five Cities

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that five of its offices have launched a new system to make the charge-filing process easier. The new Online Inquiry and Appointment System...more

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ADA and FMLA Claims Fail for Call Center Employee Who Dropped Calls

In a published opinion, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) do not require employers to excuse an employee’s misconduct...more

Revised Pay Transparency Provisions Now Available

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently updated the pay transparency provision that employers covered by Executive Order (EO) 11246, “Equal Employment Opportunity,” must post and include in their...more

Who Is Alexander Acosta, and Will He Be the New Labor Secretary?

Within less than 24 hours following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s first choice to fill the position of Secretary of Labor, the president announced at a press conference on Thursday, February 16 that his...more

5 FAQs on the New Federal Contractor Privacy Training Requirement

Federal government contractors must comply with new privacy training procedures as a result of a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and...more

Super Bowl 51: What to Do When the Fantasy is Over and Football Fever Becomes a Work Reality?

Super Bowl 51 is just around the corner, and many of your employees probably already have football fever. According to a January 2016 study conducted by the Workforce Institute at Kronos, 77 percent of American workers...more

The Supreme Court Short List: Who Might Trump Pick to Be the Newest Justice?

Since the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, the political world has been waiting—through a failed nomination of a successor, a presidential campaign and election, and the...more

President Trump Appoints Lipnic to Serve as Acting Chair of the EEOC

On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that President Trump has appointed Victoria Lipnic to serve as the acting chair of the federal agency. Lipnic will take over for Jenny...more

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Orders to Close the Wage Gap as part of “New York Promise” Agenda

There is no doubt that pay equity and pay data have both been a major focus of the federal government enforcement agenda during the Obama administration. While we wait to see if and how the Trump administration will address...more

Santa Monica Employers Ring in the New Year With Paid Sick Leave

In January of 2016, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance that would both raise the city’s minimum wage and impose paid sick leave requirements—in addition to those imposed by the state’s paid sick leave...more

The “Opposite of Work”: California Supreme Court Issues On-Call Rest Break Ruling

On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of California ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. According to the court, “[d]uring required rest periods, employers must relieve their employees of...more

New York City Legislation Protecting Gig Workers Heads to Mayor’s Desk

On October 27, 2016, the New York City Council passed legislation that would establish protections for freelance workers. “Establishing protections for freelance workers” (Int 1017-2015) protects independent contractors’...more

Federal Court Permanently Enjoins the Persuader Rule

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) converted its injunction preventing implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s revised persuader rule on a national...more

The Straight Dope on the Marijuana Measures: Which Ones Passed and Which Went Up in Smoke

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, voters in nine states with marijuana-related measures on their ballots made their voices heard. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voters approved recreational adult-use marijuana...more

Does the ADA Protect a Customer Service Agent With Dissatisfied Customers? The Ninth Circuit Says No

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a failure-to accommodate claim brought by a customer service employee who was fired for poor performance. According to the court, the former employee, who suffered...more

New York Attorney General Answers White House’s Call: Promises Bill to Curb Non-Compete Use

On the same day that the White House released its “State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements,” encouraging states to adopt best practice policies in the enforcement of non-compete agreements, New York State’s Attorney...more

DOL Launches Worker.gov Beta: What to Expect From the New Employee Resource

On October 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on its blog that it has launched the beta version of a new website, worker.gov, intended to help workers find quick solutions to their workplace problems. At...more

The New Antitrust Guidance: DOJ and FTC Offers Direction to HR Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and Federal Trade Commission issued a guidance aimed at alerting human resources professionals on potential violations of the antitrust laws. According...more

A Call-to-Action: Obama Administration Encourages States to Ban Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers and Certain Other Employees

On October 25, 2016, the Obama administration released a fact sheet announcing the steps that the White House is taking to “enhance competition to benefit consumers, workers, and entrepreneurs.” The administration’s actions...more

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