Michelle M. McGeogh

Michelle M. McGeogh

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Nearly 2 Million Home Care Workers Now Qualify for Minimum Wage, Overtime Protections

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously upheld a Department of Labor (DOL) rule which extended the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to certain home...more

8/26/2015 - Appeals Companionship Exemptions DOL FLSA Healthcare Healthcare Professionals Healthcare Providers Home Health Agencies Home Health Care Home Healthcare Workers Minimum Wage Third-Party Agents Unpaid Overtime

Supreme Court Clarifies Burden of Proof for Religious Accommodation and Disparate-Treatment Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the EEOC today and clarified the standard for religious accommodation and disparate-treatment claims under Title VII. The Court ruled that an applicant can advance a disparate-treatment claim...more

6/3/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch Disparate Treatment EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Religious Accommodation Religious Clothing Religious Discrimination Retailers SCOTUS Title VII

SEC Challenges Employee Confidentiality Agreements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it brought (and resolved) an enforcement action against a company for allegedly discouraging whistleblower complaints by requiring employees to sign...more

4/7/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Enforcement Actions Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Third Circuit Holds that Courts, Not Arbitrators, Should Rule on Classwide Arbitration

In Opalinski v. Robert Half International, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that where an arbitration clause is silent as to the availability of classwide arbitration, that issue should...more

8/6/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitrators Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employer Liability Issues FLSA Jurisdiction Robert Half

Maryland Governor Expected To Sign Transgender Equality Bill

This month, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (the Act). The Act prohibits discrimination against transgender individuals in employment, housing, and places of...more

4/3/2014 - Public Accommodation Transgender

NLRB Rules Hospital's Resident Physicians Are Employees and Can Unionize

Whether an individual is an “employee” entitled to all the protections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), or a “student” who has no such rights, has been a recurring and hotly contested issue before the National...more

3/5/2014 - Employee Definition Hospitals Medical School NLRA NLRB Physicians Unions

Supreme Court Issues Affirmative Action Ruling

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin addressing the use of race as a consideration in admissions....more

6/25/2013 - Affirmative Action College Admissions SCOTUS Universities

NLRB Sides with Employees Fired over Facebook Posts

In its second opinion addressing employee terminations resulting from Facebook posts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered an employer to reinstate five employees terminated for posting Facebook comments in...more

12/29/2012 - Facebook Hiring & Firing Hispanics United of Buffalo NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Social Media Social Media Policy Termination

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