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4th Circuit sets a match to battalion chief's First Amendment claims

Lately, we’ve been seeing more cases in which public-sector employees accuse their governmental employer of violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Such claims can arise in many ways, but with the...more

SC court awards Lowe's employee workers' comp disability benefits

Employee disabilities are becoming a common issue that employers must address. Short- and long-term disability plans employers often make available to employees, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the varying...more

Lessons from Boeing's union election victory in Charleston

Many of you already know about Boeing workers soundly rejecting the Machinist Union’s effort to represent approximately 2,800 employees at Boeing’s Charleston facility. Seventy-four percent of voting employees desired to keep...more

South Carolina court says 'NO' to employee's claims against Boeing

Employees and their counsel have been very aggressive in attempting to couch employment claims as state-law matters and filing claims in state court instead of federal court to try to avoid the federal judiciary. For various...more

Court upholds South Carolina company's benefits plan decision

One of the most important components of the employment relationship is the benefits package an employer is able to offer its employees. Employee benefits have to make business sense for the employer because there’s always a...more

4th Circuit Bounces Bank's Request to Dismiss Manager's FMLA Case

In a relatively recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) found that an employer's faulty notice to an employee about his rights under the Family and...more

Change in How SC Supreme Court Views Conspiracy Claims May be Coming

As our various courts decide cases, we watch to see if there are any trends that seem to be developing or whether a case signals that the courts are beginning to change how they view a particular issue or type of case. We've...more

Dealing with Violence in Wake of the Attack in Orlando

The weekend of June 11, 2016, saw another act of violence committed against innocent and unsuspecting people as they gathered together, an occurrence that has become all too frequent in today's world. While the latest attack...more

1 Year Later, In Memory of Charleston AME

Today’s current events are rife with bad news. The despicable and senseless murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, do not end at the doors of this historical house of worship. The event, however, does...more

Legislating Bathrooms: SC Bill Highlights Transgender Issues at Work

The South Carolina Employment Law Letter normally analyzes newly issued cases in its lead article, but we take a moment to address a “hot button” issue that is impacting many states, including South Carolina. There has been a...more

Joint Employment - What You Need to Know

As the make-up of the workforce in the United States is evolving with part-time workers, use of third-party management companies, staffing agencies, labor providers, temporaries, or independent contractors to cover both...more

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