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Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2016

Editor's Overview - This month, we look at the implications of the two federal district court cases from California that applied the ban on discretionary clauses typically found in ERISA plans to self-insured plans. The...more

“Blacklisting” Executive Order Stayed by District Court Judge

On October 24th, 2016, United States District Judge Marcia A. Crone issued a preliminary injunction that suspends the implementation of certain portions of President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, called the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Blacklist Regs Get a “Preliminary” Black Eye from the District Court in Texas

On October 24, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Crone of the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulations. In addition...more

Beginning next year, Florida’s minimum wage is going up

On January 1st, 2017, the minimum wage in Florida will increase from $8.05 an hour to $8.10 an hour. This represents the fifth-smallest hourly increase since Florida established a state minimum wage in 2005. For tipped...more

Benchslap for Blacklisting Rule

Yesterday a federal court put a temporary hold on the Obama Administration’s so-called Blacklisting Rule. Associated Builders v. Rung. In a previous blog we described in detail the Administration’s Executive Order and...more

ABC Files Lawsuit Challenging “Blacklisting” Executive Order

As we recently reported, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council has published a final rule, effective October 25, 2016, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (also known as the “blacklisting”...more

Requiring A Flu Shot Over Religious Objections: Risky Business

It’s flu season and many employers, particularly those in healthcare, want to require employees to be vaccinated to minimize the spread of illness. But what happens when an employee refuses on religious grounds?...more

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2017

In 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that established a statewide minimum wage. The Florida minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. The Florida...more

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign: What Employers Need to Know About Tennessee’s New Gun Posting Law

Tennessee employers– you can generally keep weapons off your property, but if you want to prosecute violators, you need the right sign. And, effective July 1, 2016, the state has changed what it says is an acceptable sign....more

Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms False Claims Act’s Anti-Retaliation Provision Cannot Be Used Against Individuals Who Did Not Employ...

On July 1, 2016, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district Court’s dismissal of Plaintiff’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) retaliation claim against all individual defendants in the case. In Howell v. Town of Ball, 827 F.3d 515, 521...more

Mexico: Senate Approves Initiative to Amend Labor Justice Provisions of Mexican Constitution

On October 13, 2016, the Senate of the Republic unanimously approved an initiative that amends several of the Labor Justice provisions of the Mexican Constitution regarding employment dispute hearings and union...more

Company Practices "Onionhead" – Employees Cry Reverse Religious Discrimination

A New York federal court recently sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) as to whether a company’s internal conflict-resolution program was religious in nature. Because the program—called...more

SuperVision Today - October 2016

In this edition of SuperVision Today, Carrie Harris offers timely advice in this election season for employers who are dealing with divisive non-work issues in the workplace. Mitch Rhein explains the upcoming changes to the...more

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

Watching SCOTUS – ERISA Church-Plan Exemption Revisited

Seyfarth Synopsis: Currently before the Supreme Court are two petitions regarding the thorny legal question of which organizations can qualify for ERISA’s Church-plan exemption. If the Supreme Court grants certiorari and...more

Can A Job Applicant File A Disparate Impact ADEA Claim? No—According to the Eleventh Circuit

Is there such a thing as a disparate impact age claim? The Eleventh circuit last week says not for people applying for a job. On October 5, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion shutting down claims...more

Political Speech in the Workplace

The upcoming presidential election between two larger-than-life characters, each capable of stirring intense emotional reactions from both sides, is sure to produce some spirited debate around the water cooler this fall. ...more

New California Law Will Require Online Entertainment Database Sites to Remove Age-Based Information

California’s governor has signed into law a bill aimed at discouraging discriminatory age hiring practices in the entertainment industry. The law focuses on internet websites identifying ages, but critics question whether...more

Election 2016: Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

On November 8, voters across the country will head to the polls to determine the next president. Some states have already begun the early voting process. Voters will also decide who fills various U.S. congressional seats,...more

States and Business Groups Seek to Halt Implementation of Revised Overtime Rules; Employers Encouraged to Stay The Course

While new overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are being challenged in court, employers should still prepare for a likely December 1 effective date. On September 20, 2016, 21 states and more than 50...more

Without a Box to Stand on: States May Lack Right to Fight EEOC Criminal History Guidance After All

As our readers are likely aware, ordinances have been adopted in recent years in numerous jurisdictions limiting an employer’s ability to inquire about a job applicant’s criminal background. These so-called “Ban the Box”...more

Two Lawsuits Hope to Put the Brakes on Overtime Rule Changes

With a December 1 deadline looming, millions of employers across the country are scrambling to implement new compensation and classification practices in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule,...more

Challenges Filed to DOL Overtime Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s new regulations governing the “white collar” exemptions from overtime are only two months away. Under the new regulations, which go into effect on December 1, 2016, “white collar” employees...more

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