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Oregon Enacts State-Wide Paid Employee Sick Leave Which (Mostly) Replaces Local Ordinances in Portland and Eugene

Governor Kate Brown signed into law the new Oregon Paid Sick Leave (“OPSL”) law enacted by the Legislature on June 12. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2016. Oregon is the fourth state to enact a state-wide paid sick...more

7/2/2015 - Employee Rights Local Ordinance New Regulations Paid Leave Preemption Sick Leave

U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch: It’s All About the Motive

In a case Justice Antonin Scalia described as “really easy,” the Supreme Court held that an employer can be liable for failing to accommodate a religious practice even if the employer lacks actual knowledge of a need for an...more

6/19/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch Disparate Treatment EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Religious Accommodation Religious Clothing Religious Discrimination SCOTUS Title VII

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Post-Shift Security Checks Noncompensable in Integrity Staffing v. Busk, But Employers Shouldn’t Get Too...

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision earlier this week in Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, held that time spent by warehouse employees at Amazon.com warehouses waiting to go through security checks at the...more

12/12/2014 - Amazon FLSA SCOTUS Security Checks Wages

What Does Alaska’s and Oregon’s Legalization of Marijuana Change for Employers? Answer: Probably Not Much

In this week’s mid-term election on November 4, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia became the latest jurisdictions to pass referendums decriminalizing the recreational possession and use of small amounts of...more

11/7/2014 - Corporate Counsel Decriminalization of Marijuana Marijuana

President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Job Discrimination by Federal Contractors and Government

What the Executive Order Does - This Executive Order amends two earlier executive orders: it amends Executive Order 11246, which prohibits discrimination by federal contractors to add sexual orientation and gender...more

7/24/2014 - Discrimination Executive Orders Federal Contractors Gender Identity LGBT Sexual Orientation Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Top 25 FAQs Employers May Have About Implementing the New Portland Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in 2014

In March 2013, the Portland City Council passed the new Portland Paid Sick Leave Ordinance requiring all but the smallest employers to provide paid sick leave (“PSL”) for employees who work within city limits. On November 1,...more

11/8/2013 - FMLA Local Ordinance Municipalities Notice Requirements Paid Leave Posting Requirements Sick Leave

Employers Should Review Benefits Plans And Other Policies Affecting Employees In Same-Sex Marriages As New IRS Guidance...

Here's something that should be at the top of your to do list on this Monday morning: make sure your benefits and other employee policies are in compliance with new guidance from the IRS that becomes effective today relating...more

9/16/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits FMLA IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

Chasm Continues To Widen, For Now, Between NLRB and Federal Courts On Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers In Employment...

Just last week, in the case GameStop Corp., a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge applied recent Board precedent and ignored contrary cases from federal courts to find an employer’s arbitration...more

9/13/2013 - AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employment Contract Enforcement Federal Arbitration Act NLRB SCOTUS

Maryland Federal District Court's Dismissal of EEOC v. Freeman Provides Guidance for Employers on Background Check Rules

As we’ve blogged about before, the EEOC has become more aggressive over the past few years in scrutinizing employer use of criminal background and credit checks. While federal anti-discrimination laws do not expressly...more

8/28/2013 - Anti-Discrimination Policies Background Checks Discrimination Disparate Impact EEOC Title VII

U.S. Supreme Court's Decisions on DOMA Extend FMLA Definition of "Spouse" To Same-Sex Partners In States Recognizing Gay Marriage

As almost everyone knows, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two blockbuster decisions on gay marriage, U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act's ("DOMA") definition of marriage for the purposes of federal...more

8/20/2013 - DOMA Employee Benefits FMLA Hollingsworth v Perry Marriage Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Oregon Court of Appeals Continues Debate About Status of Wrongful Discharge Claims In Oregon in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc.

Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Kemp v. Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., holding that the plaintiff’s common law wrongful discharge claim was not precluded by the statutory remedies then available under...more

7/25/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Anti-Discrimination Policies Discrimination Gender Discrimination Pregnancy Discrimination Retaliation Sex Discrimination Termination

Part 1 of 2: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Employer-Friendly Opinions On Title VII In Vance v. Ball State Univ. and Univ. of...

On one day recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued employer-friendly opinions in two separate and long-awaited cases interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (known simply as “Title VII”), the primary federal...more

7/9/2013 - Civil Rights Act Discrimination EEOC Employment Policies Racial Discrimination SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Vance v. Ball State University

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