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Second Lake County Judge Finds Indiana's Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional

A second Lake County judge has ruled that Indiana's right to work law (RTW) violates a provision in the Indiana Constitution. On July 17, 2014, Lake County Judge George Paras struck down RTW on the basis that it is...more

Not My Brother’s Keeper: Varley v. Regional School District No. 4 and A School District’s Responsibility For “Free Speech” Claims...

When entering into contacts with vendors, school districts hope that 1) the vendor will comply with the law, and 2) in any event, the vendor will be responsible for its own employment-related disputes. In Varley v. Regional...more

Hobby Lobby: Just a Start

As a trial lawyer, I rarely pay much attention to dissenting opinions. They do not serve as meaningful precedent, and they tend only to express the loser’s frustrated perspective. But Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in the Supreme...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2014

California Employees Can Waive Class Claims In An Arbitration Agreement, But Not PAGA Claims - Resolving an issue that has created uncertainty for California employers, the California Supreme Court recently held in...more

Public Sector Unions Take a Hit in Recent Supreme Court Decision

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Harris v. Quinn that the First Amendment protects certain "quasi-public" employees from being forced to pay fees to a public sector labor union that they don't support. While...more

United States Supreme Court Issues Decision In Noel Canning; Ruling Invalidates Over 700 NLRB Decisions

On June 26, 2014, the United States Supreme Court finally issued its long-awaited ruling in Noel Canning. As previously reported in The Fast Laner here and here, several courts had ruled that the decisions of the National...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 2014

Last week the Senate debated a bill to reverse the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate decision, a group of House Republicans introduced a bill to replace Affordable Care Act (ACA) cuts to the Medicare home health benefit...more

Supreme Court Holds That The ACA Mandate To Include Group Health Coverage For Certain Contraceptives Violates The Religious...

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations may claim a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) mandate of providing certain types of...more

The Supreme Court’s Decision in Harris v. Quinn May Change the Landscape of Labor Unions in America

On June 30, 2014, in the matter of Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision holding that the First Amendment prohibits the collection of an agency fee from home health care providers who do not wish to join or...more

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Vaccine for Secular Reasons Entitled to Unemployment, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

In Valent v. Board of Review, A-4980-11T2 (App. Div., June 5, 2014), the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a hospital employee who refused a flu shot for purely secular reasons was still eligible for unemployment...more

First Amendment Protects Public Employees Who Give Truthful, Sworn Testimony Outside The Scope Of Their Ordinary Job Duties From...

In Lane v. Franks, et al, Edward Lane was discharged as a program director at a state college after testifying in a criminal, public corruption case against an Alabama State Representative. Lane had previously discharged the...more

Riley v. California Advances Individual Privacy Rights in this Digital Age

Employee privacy rights may have received a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of this year’s term. In Riley v. California, the most recent in a series of criminal search and seizure cases involving technology, the...more

Hundreds of NLRB Decisions Nullified Because of Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

In NLRB v. Noel Canning, the Supreme Court held that President Obama’s appointments of three National Labor Relations Board members in January 2012 during a three day intra-session Senate recess were unconstitutional because...more

Six Days on the Road and I'm Gonna Park My Truck to Comply with State Laws Tonight

My apologies to Dave Dudley. The song “Six Days on the Road” just doesn’t stand up to the changes we would have to make after the Ninth Circuit’s decision that the state meal and rest break laws are not preempted by federal...more

For-Profit Corporations Can Object to Federal Laws on Religious Grounds

The United Statutes Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision holds that for-profit closely held corporations can object, on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs, to the contraception mandate imposed by the Patient...more

Four Myths of the Hobby Lobby Decision: Separating Fact from Fiction

Unless you have been living on another planet the past few weeks, you have probably heard that the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision in a case involving the arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby pertaining to...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

Religious Institutions Update

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that an existing contraceptive coverage mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act statute that applies to for-profit closely held corporations...more

The Supreme Court's Noel Canning Decision and the NLRB's Response

Since the Supreme Court affirmed a decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 26, 2014, invalidating President Obama's appointment in January 2012 of three members to the National Labor Relations Board, the NLRB...more

DOL Proposes Rulemaking to Amend Definition of "Spouse" for FMLA

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court held, in U.S. v. Windsor, that the Defense of Marriage Act's limitation of "marriage" and "spouse" to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional. Thereafter, President Obama instructed...more

July 2014 SCOTUS Roundup

All eyes have been on the Supreme Court this summer as the justices handed down decisions in several high-profile cases involving labor and employment disputes. While the debate over the issues addressed by the Court this...more

Does “Hobby Lobby” Apply to My Family Business?

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that “closely-held” for-profit companies could be exempt from the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requirement to offer birth control coverage to their employees. As...more

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: What Else the Hobby Lobby Decision means

Whether you are a friend or foe of the Hobby Lobby decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this past Monday, citizens must know the very real and far-reaching consequences of the decision. This...more

It Was All A Dream

That may be what the NLRB and others are thinking right now. Remember all those rather aggressive decisions made by the NLRB about a couple of years ago? It is as if they never happened....more

NLRB Fallout From President’s Unconstitutional Recess Appointments Continues

As we noted when the decision was released, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the President’s 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional. Two weeks later, the developments from...more

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