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Arkansas Goes to Bat on Medical Marijuana: Hits Homerun for Employers

Across the country, employers and companies are dealing with efforts to decriminalize and legalize marijuana, both medicinal and recreational. In November 2016, by constitutional amendment, Arkansas legalized medical...more

Eight Keys to Securing Portable Devices

Securing physical worksites and workspaces is by now old hat. We all know file cabinets should be locked, worksites secured and personal access to information monitored. Securing portable devices, however, often receives less...more

You Asked: Can My Employees Hack My Company?

Yes! Employees and other insiders – think Edward Snowden – can, and in fact, do play a role in most data breaches or cyber-security incidents. Companies must ensure their data protection policies include not only training but...more

The October DDoS Attack – Separating Fact from Fiction

Baker Donelson's Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity attorneys are pleased to introduce a series of client alerts that will address significant cyber-threats to your business and how you can protect yourself by...more

Weed in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

You have not heard the presidential candidates discuss medical marijuana or efforts to decriminalize recreational use. Nevertheless, state legislatures and local governments have been tackling these issues for some time,...more

Handling Hashtags in the Workplace

The hashtags associated with our current social and political landscape are powerful. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BlueLivesMatter, #ImWithHer to #ImWithHim and #NeverHillary to #NeverTrump, if a picture is worth a thousand...more

7/21/2016  /  ADA , FLSA , FMLA , NLRA , NLRB , Sick Leave , Title VII , Wage and Hour

Courts Cut the Fat, Clarify When Obesity is a Disability Under the ADA

The ADA prohibits discrimination based upon actual or perceived medical disabilities and requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities subject to certain exceptions. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 effectively...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Grows Stronger with Passing of Judicial Redress Act

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, and the United States took a major step toward formalizing the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Negotiators for the United States and European Union...more

Technology, Guns and the NLRB – Get Ready for 2016

Happy New Year! To help ring in the New Year and pin down last-minute New Year’s resolutions, let’s look at six topics impacting the workplace in 2016...more

DOL Creates Long-Term Headache for Long Term Care: Higher Wages, More Overtime and Greater Overhead

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed new regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will dramatically increase the number of employees who must be paid overtime for all hours worked beyond...more

Employee Misclassification Goes Viral with the Introduction of On-Demand Start-Ups, but the DOL May Have Just Crashed the Server

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA is the federal law commonly known for minimum wage, overtime pay and related recordkeeping requirements. The...more

The Duties Test Trap Set by the Department of Labor: How Employer Comments (Due September 4) Should Address It

It has been widely reported that the Department of Labor (DOL) on June 30, 2015 proposed raising the salary level of executive, administrative and professional (EAP) employees as a requirement of exempt status under the Fair...more

Religious Protection or Religious Preference? – Supreme Court Rules in Abercrombie Headscarf Case

On Monday, June 1, the Supreme Court decided a religious discrimination case involving Abercrombie & Fitch and the EEOC. The Court held that "[a]n employee may not make an applicant's religious practice, confirmed or...more

Wearable Tech in the Workplace, Version 2.0

Wearable technology or wearable tech is the latest craze in personal electronics. The phrase encompasses anything electronic that is worn by a user. It took center stage at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and since then,...more

Cybersecurity in the Workplace: Obama's Proposals and More

In the past five years, employers both big and small have become accustomed to social media and increased technology in the workplace. Everyone and their parents are on Facebook, and one cannot go anywhere without being asked...more

Don't Miss the Deadline to File EEO-1 Reports!

September 30 is the deadline to file the EEO-1 Report, formally known as the Employer Information Report EEO-1. The Reports are filed with the EEOC’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee, and they are used, according to the EEOC,...more

Ugh! – Does this ADA Claim Make Me Look Fat?

We are all familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits discrimination based upon actual or perceived medical disabilities, and the ADA requires employers to accommodate employees with disabilities...more

Baby on Board: The EEOC's Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. "In addition to addressing the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act...more

Mississippi's Right to Work State Status Made Stronger with Three New Bills

Mississippi's current Constitution, adopted in 1890, confirmed the State's intention to be a "right to work" state: It is hereby declared to be the public policy of Mississippi that the right of a person or persons to...more

Breaking Brackets: Is Gambling on March Madness Illegal?

It's March Madness, Baby! That's right, for the next three weeks you probably won't go a single day without hearing: "Hey, how is your bracket doing?" or "What?! You didn't fill out a bracket?! Are you nuts?!" The NCAA...more

3/26/2014  /  Gambling , Gaming , Sports Betting

Bluetooth Headsets Are SO 2000s – Here's What Employees Are Wearing in 2014

We have all experienced that awkward moment where you respond to what you think is a co-worker's attempt at small talk while passing in the hallway or riding in an elevator, only to find out that he or she was actually...more

What 2013 Gifts will Employers be Enjoying well into 2014?

The holidays have come and gone. I hope everyone enjoyed them, and I hope everyone received the gifts and presents they asked for. I come from a big family—three siblings, 14 aunts and uncles, and nearly twenty cousins....more

Can Saying Cheese Expose an Employer to Liability?

It’s holiday time! And what comes with the holidays? Company holiday parties! Pictures from holiday parties can leave employers with a holiday hangover. Below we look at several scenarios that provide some guidance and...more

Not Manly Enough? Fifth Circuit Recognizes Title VII Same-Sex, Gender-Stereotyping Discrimination

The Fifth Circuit recently became one of a growing number of courts to recognize same-sex, gender-stereotyping as a form of discrimination prohibited by Title VII. In September, the Court handed down its much-anticipated...more

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device Policies

Companies, big and small, spend a large amount of resources on IT infrastructure, IT logistics, and IT support. A quality workforce will swiftly crumble if individuals cannot communicate quickly and effectively....more

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