Kathlyn Perez

Kathlyn Perez

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Louisiana Governor Institutes Sexual Orientation and Transgender Protections for State Workers and Contractors

On April 13, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 prohibiting discrimination or harassment by Louisiana state agencies against individuals based on their sexual orientation or...more

4/15/2016 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors Federal Employees LGBT Sexual Orientation Discrimination Transgender

What is Implicit Bias and Why Should Employers Care?

In 2014, Baker Donelson's Diversity Committee instituted a mandatory firm-wide training program on "implicit bias" which has continued into 2015. While the Firm regularly conducts training in how to prevent discrimination,...more

7/14/2015 - American Bar Association (ABA) Bias Discrimination Employment Discrimination Harassment Hiring & Firing Retaliation

Time Saver Savvy – June 2015

This month's tips are from some of the women who are part of Baker Donelson's newest group of shareholders. "Learn when it may be best to say no. Not every opportunity presented to you is appropriate to take. By being...more

6/24/2015 - Professional Development

Federal Judge Blocks Department of Labor Rule Expanding FMLA to Same-Sex Couples

On Thursday, March 26, a federal district court in the Northern District of Texas granted an injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from enacting a new rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that...more

4/1/2015 - DOL DOMA Final Rules FMLA Injunctions Same-Sex Marriage Spouses US v Windsor

City Spotlight: New Orleans

The New Orleans Women's Initiative kicked off "Women on Wednesdays," a series of four events to address strategies for better living. The first event on April 30 featured a dynamic panel discussion, moderated by Baker...more


Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 2, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and...more


Louisiana Joins the Password Protected Trend

On May 22, 2014, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the "Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act." The measure, effective immediately, bans employers, including state and local governments, from requesting...more

6/13/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employment Application New Regulations Passwords Privacy Policy Public Employees Public Employers

Telecommuting: A New Trend of Reasonable Accommodation?

Technology has transformed the workplace in almost every industry. The use of cellphones, laptops, tablets, videoconferencing and other electronic media has, in many cases, torn down the walls of traditional offices, and...more

5/16/2014 - Employee Rights Reasonable Accommodation Telecommuting

Employers of Home Care Workers to Begin Paying Overtime in January 2015

The United States Department of Labor issued a final rule, extending the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to home health care workers who provide care for the sick, disabled or elderly, otherwise known as...more

3/18/2014 - Caregivers Employee Rights FLSA Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Senate Passes Bill Banning Workplace Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, by a vote of 64 to 32, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against workers or job applicants based...more

11/13/2013 - Discrimination ENDA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants LGBT Proposed Legislation Religious Institutions Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Employers of Home Care Workers to Begin Paying Overtime in January 2015

On September 17, 2013, the United States Department of Labor issued a final rule, extending the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to home health care workers who provide care for the sick, disabled or elderly,...more

9/20/2013 - Companionship Exemptions FLSA Healthcare Home Health Care Minimum Wage Over-Time

Supreme Court's American Express Decision Impacts Businesses Seeking to Avoid Being Sued in a Class Action

Businesses often use arbitration agreements as a tool to lessen the burden and cost of future litigation. On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court released its opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, which...more

7/16/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act FLSA SCOTUS

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