Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Federal Court Refuses to Block U.S. DOL Persuader Rule but Says Rule Is Probably Invalid

In the first decision to be issued in the three lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Persuader Rule,” a federal judge in Minnesota refused the challengers’ request for a preliminary injunction. If Judge Patrick…more
| Labor & Employment Law

School’s Out! So What’s With This Summer Employment Law Quiz?

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks . . . except for one little quiz on employment law issues that come up during the summer. Don’t worry about your score – I’m told that Teacher already has her…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Employers Can’t Contractually Shorten Time For Filing Claims Under N.J. Law Against Discrimination

Last week the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., ruling that the two-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit alleging violations of the New Jersey Law…more
| Labor & Employment Law

OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Sex Discrimination

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule on Discrimination on the Basis of Sex. The new regulations rescind the OFCCP’s prior Sex Discrimination Guidelines and give regulatory effect to…more
| Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

E-discovery and the Duty to Preserve

If you’re involved in a suit in federal court, then the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply to you. Rule 26(b) provides, among other things, that parties may obtain discovery regarding any non-privileged matter that is…more
| Civil Procedure, Electronic Discovery

The “Duty To Conciliate” Doesn’t Mean The EEOC Has To Be Reasonable.

Just how much of a duty to conciliate does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have after the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Mach Mining? Hardly any, it appears. In Mach Mining, the Supreme Court decided…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

The Time Is Nigh: “Persuader Rule” Compliance Date Is July 1

As we have previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor on March 24 issued regulations that adopt a new interpretation of the "persuader" reporting requirements under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. If…more
| Labor & Employment Law

FLSA Morale Nightmare: Dealing With The “New Non-Exempt”

My first job out of college was as a non-exempt clerical, and I wasn’t a very “good fit.” The work aside, I chafed at the rigid rules about start times-stop times-breaks-lunch hours-quitting times. If there was some work that I…more
| Labor & Employment Law

25 Quick Takes (No Kidding!) On The EEOC’s Proposed National Origin Guidance

These will be really quick takes, since there are so many of them, on the proposed Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination issued this week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (The actual document is…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Military Employment Rights: A Recap For The Memorial Day Weekend

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, here’s a summary of the rights of employees who take leaves of absence to serve our country, and their family members. USERRA - The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court’s Constructive Discharge Decision Makes Sense for Employers and Employees

Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Green v. Brennan, holding that the time for an employee to bring a constructive discharge claim begins running from the date that resignation is tendered, will probably make timeliness…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Threats, And Rumors Of Threats, Enough To Overturn Union Election, Court Says

Your kid plays a joke on you, and you respond, “I’m gonna kill you” while laughing at the joke. Idle threat, or serious? A co-worker tells you she will slash your tires if you vote against the union. Idle threat, or…more
| Labor & Employment Law

An Open Love Letter to Justice Clarence Thomas

I admit it. I have a crush on Justice Thomas. Today’s unanimous Supreme Court opinion in CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC – holding that a merit-based dismissal is not necessary for a defendant to qualify as the “prevailing…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Too Many RULES, Man!

“Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the rules . . .”* Of course, the mega-topic this week was the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Rule on white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Is Sexual Harassment Training A Turn-Off For Men?

A semi-recent article in the New York Post — “The Corporate ‘Cure’ for Sexual Harassment Only Feeds the Disease” — cited a couple of studies that allegedly proved that sexual harassment training is worse than doing nothing…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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