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New York State Gifts Employers With State Wage Regulation End-of-Year Overhaul

While almost everyone’s attention is focused on changes that the Trump administration will bring at the national level, New York is about to implement far-reaching regulations that will significantly impact employers...more

Supreme Court Sends ERISA Plans Racing to the Courthouse for Subrogation Recoveries

The Supreme Court of the United States recently handed down a decision that opens the door for participants in ERISA-covered benefits plans to stop a lawsuit against them in its tracks by doing something that most people love...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Ruling Threatens to Reorder Employment Relations in the Health Care Industry

More than many other industries, the American health care system has a highly fragmented set of interlocking business relationships. Services are provided in an integrated network by a host of service providers who operate...more

Lessons Employers Can Learn from Kentucky Clerk’s Same-Sex Marriage License Dispute

Almost every day the news carries an additional story about Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Kim Davis story may be...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Religious Accommodation Requirements in Hijab Case, but May Create New Problems for Unwary Employers

In a decision that came as no major surprise to Supreme Court watchers, on June 1, 2015, the Court ruled 8-1 in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the civil rights of a Muslim job applicant when it...more

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind? - The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know - What to Expect from the...more

First and Ten: Will College Athletes Be the Next Wave of Unionization?

Everyone recognizes that college athletics are big business for the schools, but do they exploit the student athletes under the guise of amateurism? Thanks to a new decision out of the Chicago office of the National Labor...more

3/31/2014  /  College Athletes , NLRB , Unions

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...more

Avoiding a Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Besides sending flowers or a card to your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, we like to remind our employer clients that a good way to show some love to your employees is by taking steps to protect them from workplace...more

2/14/2013  /  OSHA , Training , Workplace Violence

Aiming to Please: Guns in the Workplace

What will you do when the CEO calls tomorrow morning and says, “I just got a report that two of our employees are carrying loaded guns at work, or they have them in their cars in the employee parking lot?” Given the...more

1/17/2013  /  Firearms , Workplace Violence

NLRB Overrules Anheuser-Busch: Witness Statements Now Subject to Disclosure

Last year, we notified you here that the National Labor Relations Board will now consider a general employer rule requiring confidentiality during an internal investigation into an employee complaint to be an unfair labor...more

Labor and Employment Observer 2012/2013

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - A Second Obama Administration’s Impact on Labor and Employment Issues - Will There be Comprehensive Immigration Legislation After the 2012 Presidential...more

A Second Obama Administration’s Impact on Labor and Employment Issues

With the re-election of Barack Obama and the prospect of continued political gridlock at the congressional level, the administration will likely turn to regulatory and administrative avenues in an effort to pursue workplace...more

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