As employers, you have so many reporting requirements I know the last thing you want to hear is that there’s another one you may need to factor in. But, as lawyers it’s our job to sometimes be the bearer of bad news.
In recent months, some of the National Labor Relations Board’s intentions have become obvious. First, the NLRB plans on devoting considerable attention and resources towards non-union employees and employers. Next, the NLRB will…more
In a recent opinion by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving a Type-1 insulin-dependent diabetic, the court found that passing a Department of Transportation medical examination was an impermissible “qualification…more
Last week, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a toolkit for covered entities and business associates to use to perform a security risk assessment. The HIPAA Security Rule…more
Last September, three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS issued some much-anticipated guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses. For employers who…more
How do you determine whether technology-related information will have more value as a trade secret or a patent? Both protection strategies have advantages and disadvantages for certain types of information. Here are a few tips…more
A decision by a federal court in Oklahoma City reminds employers that when terminating an employee for a legitimate business reason, an employer does not need to sweeten the pot with additional reasons for termination –…more
Most employers consider the National Labor Relations Board a federal entity that decides legal issues related to workplace union activities. What many employers don’t realize is the NLRB has authority over any concerted employee…more
Were the Doors thinking about the prospect of unionized college football when they wrote and performed “The End”? That’s how many of us felt when the NLRB ruled that Northwestern University football players could form a union…more
A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals case involving the rape of an employee by her superior clarifies the Tenth Circuit’s case law on when an individual is considered a “supervisor,” and also provides a cautionary tale for…more
In the words of noted American statesman Benjamin Franklin, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Given Franklin’s thoughts, yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of…more
Last week’s announcement by President Obama of a planned increase to the number of employees who would be entitled to receive overtime pay set off a barrage of reactions. Now, let’s take a closer look at what it is all about…more
During the past several years, practitioners have devoted significant attention to the fate of the Oklahoma Legislature’s efforts at, and the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s response to, legislative tort reform. However, few noticed…more
Now that the National Labor Relations Board has its mandated full complement of five members, it is expected that it will continue its quest to broaden its authority over private employers. For example, along with the NLRB’s…more
Patent trolls — non-practicing entities best known for threatening expensive patent litigation in order to collect licensing fees from accused infringers — are a well-documented problem. Measures aimed at reforming patent…more
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