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Managing Politics and Social Issues at Work

This is a time of intense politics and troubling news. The headlines – and the strong feelings they generate – inevitably affect the workplace. Managers and HR professionals often end up moderating political arguments and...more

Politics in the Workplace: What Must Employers Allow?

Everyone has experienced both "workplace politics," in which Type A employees claw their way to the top at the expense of co-workers, and "politics in the workplace," in which employees discuss candidates for office and...more

A Tale of Two Decertification Motions

The Seventh and Eighth Circuits both addressed motions to decertify classes the week of July 5—with divergent results.  These cases illustrate the deference afforded district courts’ class certification determinations.  Both...more

ERISA Fiduciary Rules: Court Challenges and Considerations for Employers

Employers and their financial advisors should consider enacting a multi-step plan amid anticipation that the proposed ERISA Fiduciary Rules turn effective. Last month, several business groups filed a complaint in the...more

OSHA Postpones Its New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule in the Face of Scrutiny and a New Lawsuit

Over the past few months, we have published articles related to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) publication of amendments related to its workplace injury and illness...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of its New Anti-Retaliation Provisions until November 1, 2016

There have been significant developments impacting the portions of OSHA’s new work-related injury and illness rule scheduled to become effective on August 10. As our July 7 alert explained, the new requirements include, among...more

OSHA Ban on Incident-based Safety Incentive and Routine Mandatory Post-incident Drug Testing Programs Delayed

The date for implementation of OSHA’s ban on two programs – Incident-based Safety Incentive and Routine Mandatory Post-incident Drug Testing – has been set back from August 10, 2016, to November 1, 2016, as a result of motion...more

Busting Employment Law Myths

Employment lawyers get to hear lots of great stories and lots of client opinions. That’s part of why we love our jobs. Many of the stories describe goofy or inappropriate employee behavior – and some include goofy or...more

ATF Final Rule 41F – Background Checks for Responsible Persons

Seyfarth Synopsis: Going forward, ATF’s new rule on applications by a trust or legal entity to make or transfer NFA firearms, requires that they be submitted on new forms — including background checks. The Bureau of...more

Fifth Circuit Says Texas May Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Guidance

In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an Enforcement Guidance stating when employers’ use of criminal background checks to exclude applicants from jobs violates Title VII. The Guidance states the EEOC’s...more

Employers Get a Break on Disclosure of Union Organizing Efforts and Advice: Texas Court Blocks Implementation of the DOL’s...

In this blog, we have previously covered the United States’ Department of Labor’s controversial efforts to effect a significant change to the so-called “Persuader Rule,” a regulation first proposed by the United States...more

Judge Puts Brakes on Department of Labor’s “Persuader Rule”

The United States Department of Labor issued regulations earlier this year finalizing the “Persuader Rule.” Under the new Rule, employers and consultants (including lawyers) would be required to report labor relations advice...more

No Texas Hold ‘Em: Fifth Circuit Allows Texas to Challenge the EEOC Enforcement Guidance

A somewhat surprising decision in favor of the State of Texas was handed down from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 27, 2016, which held that (i) Texas had standing to challenge the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

What Employers With Affirmative Action Policies Need to Know About a Recent Supreme Court Decision

Many employers who have read about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent affirmative action decision are wondering what impact, if any, the ruling will have on them. After all, the main issue in that case was the propriety of a...more

Court Enjoins Enforcement of “Safe Harbor” Deadline for Piece Rate Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: A court has temporarily suspended the deadline for employers to elect the statutory “safe harbor” for purposes of complying with recent legislation that makes it even more difficult for employers that pay...more

Mexico’s Collective Bargaining Freedom Protocol: An Introduction for Employers Doing Business in Mexico

In accordance with the International Labour Standards on Freedom of Association (enshrined in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Constitution, the ILO Declaration of Philadelphia, and the ILO Declaration on...more

Down Goes HB 1523: Judge Reeves Enjoins Mississippi from Enacting Controversial Religious Freedom Law

Late Thursday last night, Judge Carlton Reeves, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, entered a 60-page order striking down HB 1523, Mississippi’s controversial “Protecting Freedom of...more

DOL “Persuader Rule” Put On Hold . . .For Now

Earlier this year, we discussed the new “persuader rule” from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The new rule required employers to publicly disclose their hiring of labor relations consultants—including attorneys—who...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Paul LePage Signs Executive Order to Pay for Bills Passed in Second Regular Session of...more

OSHA Officially Increases Civil Penalties by 78 Percent

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its interim final rule on Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up Adjustments. The rule was formally published in the Federal Register on July...more

Second Circuit affirms employers’ right to terminate employees who fail to cooperate with internal investigations

A recent decision from the Second Circuit affirmed an employers’ right to terminate an employee who refused to participate in an internal investigation. The ruling provides employers with a method of recourse against...more

Two Federal Courts Issue Guidance on DOL’s “Persuader Rule”

Recent Department of Labor (DOL) rulemaking proceedings and compliance letters have been successfully challenged in the federal courts. These cases are important because the work of the DOL, in enforcing and interpreting the...more

Executive Labor Summary - May / June 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - DOL Persuader Rule will not take effect July 1, after court issues preliminary injunction – In the second decision to be issued in the three lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new...more

Tennessee Businesses: To Ban Firearms on Your Property, Bear the Appropriate Signage

In Tennessee, businesses generally have the right to prohibit the possession of weapons on their property. This right to prohibit weapons applies even to individuals with valid handgun carry permits. The main exception to...more

Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction on DOL Persuader Rule

A Texas federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction this week barring the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing its Persuader Rule, which was set to take effect on July 1, 2016. This is the second federal...more

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