Jaklyn Wrigley

Jaklyn Wrigley

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Feds Ratchet Up Employer Penalties, Effective Later This Summer

While most employers were preparing for the long holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a series of civil penalty increases that will impact the nation’s employers in the very near future. On June 30,...more

7/6/2016 - Child Labor Civil Monetary Penalty Corporate Counsel DOL Employer Liability Issues ERISA FLSA Immigration and Nationality Act OSHA Visas Wage and Hour

English-Only Policies in the Age of Multiculturalism

The United States has long been referred to as a melting pot. But, some commentators challenge this notion, offering instead that the United States is more akin to a meal of separate and diverse ingredients; an orchestra of...more

6/7/2016 - ALJ EEOC English-Only Rules NLRA NLRB Section 7 Title VII

Maintaining Patient Privacy In The Digital Age

Those in the heavily regulated healthcare industry know that patient information is sacrosanct. And for good reason; improper handling can result in hefty fines or criminal prosecution under the Health Insurance Portability...more

5/4/2016 - Employment Policies Health Care Providers HIPAA Mobile Devices NLRB PHI Protected Activity Whole Foods

Legalized Discrimination Or Safety From Government Interference? What Mississippi Employers Need To Know About New Religious...

On April 5, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act.” While proponents of the new law state that it simply...more

4/7/2016 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Governor Bryant New Legislation Religious Freedom Religious Institutions

The Dawn Of A New Wild, Wild West In Mississippi? State Supreme Court Rules On Employees Workplace Firearm Rights

On March 24, 2016, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued an opinion that allowed an employee to proceed with a wrongful discharge lawsuit after being terminated for possessing a gun on company premises, significantly altering...more

3/30/2016 - Corporate Counsel Employment Policies Gun Laws MS Supreme Court Second Amendment Wrongful Termination

Human Trafficking and the Joint Employer Standard: Traps for the Unwary

Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States and abroad. Although the common assumption is that human trafficking involves sex, it can also involve labor. According to the Office on Trafficking in Persons, a...more

3/8/2016 - Child Labor Employer Liability Issues Forced Labor Human Rights Human Trafficking Joint Employers Slavery Staffing Agencies Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000

Labor Contractors Can Make Dangerous Bedfellows: Part I

According to many sources, there is a shortage of unskilled workers in the United States that is only projected to worsen, and employers nationwide are feeling the pinch. From hoteliers to seafood processors, manufacturers to...more

4/15/2015 - Employer Liability Issues FLSA Hiring & Firing Labor Contractor Third-Party Risk

Supreme Court Paralyzes Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine, Affords Greater Deference To Federal Agencies

Monday, in a 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a precedent on which the regulated community has relied to keep federal agencies in check for nearly 20 years. This precedent, commonly referred to as the Paralyzed...more

3/10/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act DOL FLSA Mortgage Loan Originators Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine Perez v Mortage Bankers Assoc Rulemaking Process SCOTUS Statutory Interpretation

Federal Court Dismissal of EEOC Suit Leaves Employers Hanging

In a closely watched ruling, an Illinois federal district court handed a victory to one particular employer, but ducked a broader ruling that would have provided general guidance to companies generally that are trying to...more

10/13/2014 - Corporate Counsel Covenant Not to Sue CVS Dismissals EEOC Employer Liability Issues Restrictive Covenants Severance Agreements

Partying In The Store

The cost of bad behavior in the workplace can be significant and assorted. Bad behavior damages morale, results in a loss to a company’s profits, jeopardizes safety, and diminishes productivity. Use of drugs and alcohol – or...more

3/6/2014 - ADA Disability Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues OSHA

Labor Letter, August 2013: "Black Swan" Ruling Forces Closer Look At Unpaid Interns

Unpaid summer internships are routine for some businesses, especially those in creative fields such advertising, design, music, publishing and film – all areas that have flourished locally in recent years....more

8/1/2013 - FLSA Fox Searchlight Pictures Minimum Wage Unpaid Interns Wage and Hour

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