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Perhaps Overdue, Pregnancy Discrimination Update Issued by the EEOC

Following up on our recent post regarding pregnancy discrimination developments, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues on July 14, 2014. This...more

7/30/2014 - ADA Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Guidance Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

Doctor Doctor Give Me the News, Is My Employee Fit for Duty After FMLA Leave?

On April 15, 2014, a California appeals court ruled that after an employee returns to work from leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employer can require a medical reevaluation related to the health...more

4/30/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Fitness for Duty Exams FMLA Medical Examinations

Strippers and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Lessons for All Employers

Late last month, in the Southern District of Florida, adult entertainers at several Rick’s Cabaret locations filed a lawsuit alleging that they were improperly categorized (and thus improperly compensated) as independent...more

1/22/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues FLSA Independent Contractors Misclassification

Court is in Session: Three Employment Law Cases Before the Supreme Court to Watch This Term

The United States Supreme Court is now in session and three cases stand out on the docket that private employers will want to follow. While not the blockbusters heard during the Court’s last session, these cases will address...more

10/8/2013 - Canning v NLRB Collective Bargaining FLSA NLRB Recess Appointments Retaliation Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Whistleblowers

U.S. Supreme Court Adopts a Narrow Definition of a Supervisor in Harassment Claims

Resolving a split among the circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a “supervisor” for Title VII harassment liability is limited to those who have the power to take a tangible employment action against the alleged victim...more

6/27/2013 - EEOC Harassment Hiring & Firing SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII Vance v. Ball State University

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Mixed-Motive Analysis in Retaliation Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday that a plaintiff alleging retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) must prove that retaliation was the “but-for” reason for an adverse employment...more

6/27/2013 - But For Causation Discrimination Racial Discrimination Religious Discrimination Retaliation SCOTUS Title VII UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar

Supreme Court Votes Pro-Arbitration Once Again and Upholds Class Arbitration Waiver

Lest there be any lingering confusion, the U.S. Supreme Court has once again reminded us that arbitration agreements are to be “rigorously enforced.”...more

6/26/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Pay-For-Delay SCOTUS

Three More States Hop on the Social Media Legislation Bandwagon

Act 1480, signed by Governor Mike Beebe on April 22, 2013, prohibits an Arkansas employer from requiring or requesting a current or prospective employee to (1) disclose his or her username or password for a personal social...more

4/30/2013 - Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Passwords Social Media

Supreme Court Eliminates Jurisdictional Escape Hatch To The Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles confirms that a plaintiff cannot avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) by stipulating that the class will seek less...more

3/27/2013 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Class Certification Damages Jurisdiction SCOTUS

Second Circuit Holds No Substantive Right To Bring A Pattern-Or-Practice Title VII Claim

Reversing a denial of a motion to compel arbitration in Parisi et al. v. Goldman, Sachs & Co. et al., the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff does not have a substantive right to bring a pattern and practice claim under...more

3/27/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Discrimination Gender Discrimination Goldman Sachs Pattern or Practice Title VII

California Computer Software Employee Overtime Exemption Rate to Increase 2.6% on January 1

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released its 2013 hourly rate and minimum salary requirement adjustment for exempt computer software employees. Beginning January 1, 2013, the minimum hourly rate of pay...more

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