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ICE Could Come Knocking: Employers Should Be Prepared as Business Raids Increase

Employers– the chances that you could receive a visit from immigration officers have increased. Recently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted “raids” at eight Asian restaurants in Mississippi—in...more

The Election’s Tilt on the Supreme Court and The Impending Ruling in McLane v. EEOC

President-elect Trump’s election injects uncertainty into the Supreme Court’s makeup and its future rulings, including for employment-related cases. Because the Senate has not held confirmation hearings on Merrick Garland,...more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the...more

Apply Here! (with Everyone Else): ADA Does Not Mandate Noncompetitive Reassignment

When you can’t reasonably accommodate a disabled employee in the current position, do you have to give the employee a vacant position or can you follow your usual, competitive process? In EEOC v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Inc.,...more

President Trump—How Will He Change the Courts and What Does that Mean for Employers? (3rd in a 3 Part Series)

In this final post in a three-part series on what employers can expect from the new Trump administration, we consider possible Supreme Court nominees and future rulings affecting labor and employment law. Judicial...more

Bring in the TV Cameras: NLRB and D.C. Circuit Find Employees Airing Grievance in Media is Protected Activity

An employee goes on television and maligns his bosses for a new company policy with half-truths—and his bosses fire him for disloyalty. Sounds justified, right? Wrong. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision...more

UPDATE: Deadline for OSHA Anti-Retaliation Provisions delayed to November 1, 2016

As an update to last week’s blog post [Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner], the initial deadline to comply with OSHA’s new anti-retaliation provisions has been pushed back from...more

Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner

Employers should note the August 10, 2016, deadline for compliance with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic recordkeeping and reporting rules. Other...more

Defense Database for Military Status of Borrower Still a Work in Progress

Lenders and servicers seeking to comply with the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) who depend on the commonly used Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database have a little more comfort now on the accuracy of their...more

Never Forever: Indefinite Extension of Light-Duty Not Required Under ADA (Per Eleventh Circuit)

Employers evaluating ADA reasonable accommodation requests often must decide whether they have to provide extended light duty for an injured employee. In Frazier-White v. Gee, the Eleventh Circuit recently provided helpful...more

Who Says Loan Underwriting is Boring and Mechanical? Sixth Circuit Rules Loan Underwriters Exempt from FLSA Regs

In the eyes of at least one Federal court, loan underwriting is not mechanical; it requires discretion and independent judgment. That point was a key factor in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent affirmance in Lutz v....more

Going Rogue? OSHA Violation Defense Defused Where Supervisor and Subordinate Participate

If a supervisor engages in OSHA-violating conduct alongside a subordinate, is the company liable? The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) decision answering that...more

Proposed D.C. Law Would Allow 16 Weeks of Paid Family Leave – Will You Qualify?

The District of Columbia is proposing a drastic expansion of paid family leave which may serve as a harbinger of similar provisions in other jurisdictions. The law before the D.C. City Council would provide 16 weeks of fully...more

“Opt Out” Accommodation Under Affordable Care Act Validated After Challenge from Religious Objectors

In what continues to be a controversial and developing area of employment law, a federal appellate court recently validated the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “opt out” provision, finding that requiring nonprofit employers to...more

Flood Insurance Regulation Update: Joint Final Rule Issued

The often challenging area of flood insurance requirements, including lender-placed insurance, has become a bit clearer for lenders and loan servicers. Five of the federal banking regulatory agencies (Federal Deposit...more

Goal? Identify Rogue Employees Before They Misbehave. Means? Computer Algorithm. Impact? TBD...

In an attempt to weed out bad actors before they act, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is implementing a computer surveillance program to identify potential problem employees. Here's a legal perspective on the initiative from Keith...more

Should You Sharpen Your Diversity Policies & Practices under Dodd-Frank Mandates?

The much-publicized Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 became effective on August 12, 2011. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, requiring the implementation of diversity practices for both...more

Mortgage Loan Officers are Not Exempt Employees per the DOL and the Supreme Court Says that is Okay

The legal ping-pong match between the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) over whether mortgage loan officers are eligible for overtime appears to be at an end. The Supreme Court recently...more

The SCRA can be a Minefield: Recent Ninth Circuit Opinion Addresses Foreclosure Protection

On February 7, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage, Inc. The decision stands as a stark reminder to mortgage lenders and servicers of the importance of verifying a...more

Having a Good Document-Retention Policy

Companies that have existed for any period of time can be overwhelmed by the volume of documents they create. The amount of material and data have grown exponentially in the last few decades with the expansion of...more

Dismissal of Putative Class Action Lawsuit for Alleged Violations of the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act

In a putative class action handled by Robert Maddox, Mike Pennington, and Keith Anderson, the Northern District of Alabama recently dismissed a lawsuit for alleged violations of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”)....more

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