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En Banc Eighth Circuit Reverses National Labor Relations Board’s “Sick Day” Jimmy John’s Decision

On July 3, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, sitting en banc, rejected the reasoning of an ALJ, the NLRB, and a panel of the Eighth Circuit regarding whether Jimmy John’s employees could hang posters at...more

Supreme Court Affirms Invalidation of Most of Lafe Solomon’s Tenure as Acting General Counsel

The Supreme Court has settled the question surrounding the validity of acting NLRB general counsel Lafe Solomon’s official actions. Yesterday, in National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc., 580 U.S. –, Case Nos....more

Court of Appeals Again Rejects National Labor Relations Board, Finds FedEx Ground Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a published opinion earlier this month emphasized that it means what it says. In 2009, the Court held in FedEx I that single-route FedEx drivers in Wilmington, Massachusetts...more

D.C. Council to Vote on Nation's Most Beneficent Leave Law

Employers in the District of Columbia may soon be required to provide 11 weeks of paid family leave for parents to care for a new or adopted child and eight weeks of paid family leave to care for an ailing parent or...more

Federal Court Temporarily Halts Nationwide Enforcement of New DOL Overtime Rule

On Nov. 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily halting nationwide enforcement of the U.S. Department of Labor’s new final rule regarding Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Expanding Overtime Eligibility

In a highly anticipated announcement, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule on May 18, 2016, implementing President Obama’s March 13, 2014 directive to “modernize and streamline the existing overtime...more

New Guidance: DOL Asserts Most Independent Contractors Are Employees

Contending that employers may intentionally misclassify workers as independent contractors to cut costs and avoid compliance with labor laws, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil issued a new...more

FMLA’s Expanded Definition of “Spouse” Now Effective in All States

As discussed in our prior article, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) promulgated a final rule on February 25, 2015 that, effective March 27, modified the federal Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) definition of “spouse”...more

Department of Labor Proposes Doubling Overtime Threshold for Many Exempt Employees

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires most employees to receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The FLSA exempts several categories of employees...more

Supreme Court Holds Employers Must Make Religious Accommodations Even Without Actual Knowledge of Need for Accommodation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers from, among other things, refusing to hire an applicant because of his or her religion or religious practice. As a general rule, employers must...more

Trend Continues to “Ban the Box” for Employment Criminal Background Checks

As previously discussed in a September 5, 2014 Legal Alert, the movement to limit the extent to which employers may request and consider applicants’ and employees’ criminal histories continues to gain momentum. In the last...more

DOL Rule Redefining “Spouse” Under the FMLA on Hold in Several States

On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) promulgated a final rule that, effective March 27, modified the federal Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) definition of “spouse” to extend the FMLA’s protections to...more

4/30/2015  /  DOL , Final Rules , FMLA , Same-Sex Marriage

NLRB’s Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Handbooks: Part 3 Trademarks and Logos, Photography and Workplace Recording, Leaving Work,...

On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released a 30-page memorandum providing guidance on employer rules and handbooks....more

NLRB’s Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Handbooks: Part 2 Conduct Toward Coworkers and Third Parties

On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released a 30-page memorandum providing guidance on employer rules and handbooks. The memorandum further solidified the NLRB’s...more

NLRB’s Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Handbooks: Part 1

On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released a 30-page memorandum providing guidance on employer rules and handbooks. The memorandum further solidified the NLRB’s...more

FMLA Modified to Protect Same-Sex Spouses Regardless of State of Residence

Among its many protections, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) affords certain covered workers job-protected leave to care for a spouse who has a serious health condition. Since enactment of the FMLA, the law of...more

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