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EEOC Issues New Guidance On National Origin Discrimination For First Time In Fourteen Years

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 18, 2016, the EEOC issued new guidance on its enforcement of anti-discrimination laws related to national origin. The guidance provides clarification on the scope of national origin under Title...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Tribal Sovereign Immunity Issue Related to Individual Tribal Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Lewis v. Clarke, (No. 15-1500) addressing the issue of whether the sovereign immunity of an Indian Tribe bars individual-damages actions against tribal employees for torts...more

Legislative Opportunities for Tribal Governments Under the Trump Administration

With the advent of a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, many who work in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Indian tribes may be tempted to adopt a defensive posture. But while it always is important to defend tribal...more

Best Practices for Tribes When Faced with Union Organizing Activity

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a dispute between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The U.S. Supreme Court's decision effectively...more

EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan Takes Aim at Gig Economy, Other Emerging Workforce Issues

On October 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP...more

No Rest for the Weary: Breaking Down DOL’s New Paid Sick Leave Mandate for Federal Contractors

The regulatory onslaught for federal contractors just won’t stop. The “contractor blacklisting” regulations implementing Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces are set to take effect by the end of this month....more

DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited final rule to implement Executive Order 13706, which requires covered federal contractors to provide employees with up to seven days (56 hours)...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Employer's Class Action Waiver - Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 2016 WL 4433080 (9th Cir. 2016) - As a condition of employment, Stephen Morris and Kelly McDaniel were required to sign...more

Ninth Circuit Finds That Removal of Action to Federal Court Does Not Waive Tribe's Sovereign Immunity

In a precedential opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently chose to follow the lead of the Eleventh Circuit, holding that tribes do not waive sovereign immunity merely by removing a case to federal court. This...more

Consistent Enforcement of Drug Policies Key to Avoiding Disparate Treatment Claims

Following termination stemming from a positive drug test for marijuana, a Native American female, appearing pro se, filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Mohave County’s Public Works Department. She alleged...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Effect of Removal on Tribal Sovereign Immunity

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Ninth Circuit”) reaffirmed principles of tribal sovereign immunity in a ruling on August 8, 2016. The Ninth Circuit issued an opinion stating that an Indian tribe does not waive its...more

The Law on Tribal Court Jurisdiction over Non-Members Stands with Supreme Court’s Tied Vote in Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi...

John Doe, a teenage member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, was working as an intern at a Dollar General store on the Tribe’s Reservation when he was sexually molested by the manager of the store. Doe sued Dollar...more

Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act Seeks to Exempt Native American Tribes from ACA

The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act (H.R. 3080) could have a big impact on tribes if it becomes law. The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee June 15, seeks to exempt Native...more

Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) Presents its Report of Recommendations on June 8, 2016

On June 8, 2016, the 21 members of the ACT presented its 15th report of recommendations to the IRS in a public meeting in Washington, DC. The ACT report addressed five issues...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19493 - Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act - SC19493 Dissent - Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator,...more

Key Employment Issues Affecting Tribal Entites

Overview - Sovereign immunity - - Background - 8(a) waiver - Indemnification - Labor and employment issues - Statutes of general applicability - Commercial v. governmental activity ...more

Supreme Court Update: Hawkins V. Patterson (14-520), Tyson Foods V. Bouaphakeo (14-1146), Nebraska V. Parker (14-406), Sturgeon V....

So many announcements since our last Update. The President announced D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland as his pick to take the late Justice Scalia's seat on the Court; Senate Republicans promptly announced that they...more

Six Ways to Help Implement Effective Tribal Labor and Employment Practices in 2016

Tribal leaders and human resource managers have many things to consider when implementing balanced employer policies and practices that 1) promote tribal sovereignty, 2) promote fairness and employee morale, and 3) minimize...more

Five Things Tribal Leaders Can Do in 2016 to Reduce Taxes on Tribal Members

Contrary to popular misconception, individual members of Indian tribes do pay federal income taxes on their income, including on most of the income derived from Indian tribal or reservation sources. Some also pay state income...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Characterization Of Motions “For Reconsideration,” Remands To Determine Whether Dispute Is Arbitrable

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently remanded a case to the district court for full consideration of a request to compel arbitration, finding the lower court’s order “inconsistent with the emphatic federal...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 14: The Intersection Of Federal Labor Law, Tribal Gaming And A Deep Division Within Two Sixth...

Two separate three-judge panels of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit have rendered labor law decisions concerning Indian casinos in Michigan only 22 days apart. While each of the panels ruled that the...more

The Sixth Circuit Extends the NLRA's Reach to Tribal-Owned Casinos

The extent of the National Labor Relations Act's application to tribal-owned and operated enterprises on reservations is an open question in many circuits. Recently, two Sixth Circuit decisions resolved the question in favor...more

Sixth Circuit Holds National Labor Relations Act Applicable to Indian Tribe's Casino

Weighing in on a hotly contested issue, a panel of the Sixth Circuit has found that federal labor law applies to Indian tribes’ casinos, notwithstanding the tribes’ inherent sovereignty. However, the panel only did so because...more

Appropriations Subcommittee Rejects Efforts to Strip Funding Bill of Pro-Employer Riders

The day after the House Appropriations Committee released a draft bill that would significantly limit certain federal agency rules and initiatives, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a...more

Draft Appropriations Bill Seeks to De-Fund Various Regulatory Efforts

A draft House appropriations bill to fund various federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, for Fiscal Year 2016 includes several provisions that would effectively halt a number of controversial regulatory efforts....more

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