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Sex Stereotyping, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, And Federal Law – Crazy-Mixed-Up Right Now

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is dead again, so there isn’t a federal law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Is there any federal law on same-sex harassment or discrimination? If so, what is it? Here…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Obama’s LGBT Executive Order Raises More Questions Than It Answers

More than two years after expressly declining to do so, this past Monday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Obama Signs LGBT Discrimination, Affirmative Action Order

This morning President Obama signed an Executive Order amending the 1965 Executive Order 11246. President Obama’s EO prohibits discrimination and requires affirmative action by federal contractors based on sexual orientation and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

An In-Depth Look At The EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy

This past Monday, July 14, a divided EEOC issued its new guidance, which supersedes the 1983 chapter on pregnancy discrimination in its Compliance Manual. It also issued a Q&A and a Fact Sheet. A lot has happened since 1983, so…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Issues Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination And Accommodation

I plan to write more about this later in the week, but today the EEOC issued an Enforcement Guidance, Q&A, and Fact Sheet on pregnancy discrimination and accommodation. Much of the Guidance reiterated the law as we had always…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Employment Law Believe It Or Not!

I thought only elephants had two-year pregnancies. As I’ve discussed here before, “pregnancy” for purposes of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act includes a lot of things besides the actual nine months of physical…more
| Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law

DOT Updates Guidance On Substance Abuse Test Collections

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, with the Office of General Counsel, has recently issued new guidance governing the collection process for substance abuse testing…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

And That’s All She Wrote (Why I write)

She gazed thoughtfully out the window. “That’s the problem. I don’t know,” she said. “So I guess I’ll have to keep blogging about employment law topics, with special emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Law Firm Marketing

Adopt an arbitration program that covers class, collective claims

In all the hoopla over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision last week, it may have been lost that the Court refused to review a circuit court decision compelling arbitration in a collective action under the Fair Labor…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Six Reasons Why Hobby Lobby Does Not Spell “Doom” For Women

I was interviewed yesterday by Colin O’Keefe of LXBN-TV on the impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and I did a “quick and dirty” post on the decision the day it was issued. Since that time, the decision has been…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

BREAKING: Supreme Court 5-4 Finds in Favor of Hobby Lobby

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act required that employers provide coverage for 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Massachusetts to Raise State Minimum Wage

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation that will raise the Commonwealth's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2017, which would be the highest minimum wage in the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Same-sex marriage and the FMLA: What you need to know

As most of you have heard by now, the U.S. Department of Labor has provided a “sneak preview” of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act. The proposed changes would…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Supreme Court Finds No "Recess" Existed for Obama's NLRB Appointments in 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that President Obama's three "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board made on January 4, 2012, were invalid because they were not in accord with the Recess…more
| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Alcoholic Truck Driver Case Is Good For Transportation Employers, But Be Careful

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which hears appeals from federal courts in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, recently affirmed summary judgment for Crete Carrier Corporation. Crete fired one of its truck drivers…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation
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