Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Employment Law Autopsy: “Old Fart” Gets Fired

Here’s a lesson: Don’t call your employee an “old fart,” especially if you think you may need to fire him someday. And don’t call his co-workers “old farts” right before you fire the co-workers. …more
| Labor & Employment Law

Document Review Attorneys May Not Be Exempt From OT, Court Says

Large law firms and legal services vendors often hire stables of contract lawyers to do document review in big cases. Sometimes, the lawyers who do the review are actually reading and analyzing the documents in light of the case…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Employees’ “Low-Tech” Sloppiness Causes High-Tech Problems

A good reminder for employers about maintaining cybersecurity comes from a recent Washington Post article (“This is why the government keeps getting hacked” by Jeffrey Neal) about the breach at the Office of Personnel…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

You’ve Been Warned – Those Independent Contractors Are Probably Employees

On Wednesday, I did a very short “breaking news” post on the new Interpretation issued by Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil on when workers are “employees” versus “independent contractors” under the Fair Labor Standards…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Women Aren’t Lead Counsel As Often As Men – It’s Gotta Be Bias!

According to the study, based on information gained through the PACER federal court electronic filing system, 68 percent of all lawyers appearing in the 2013 civil cases were men, and 32 percent were women. But 76 percent of…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

BREAKING: DOL Issues Memo On Independent Contractors

Law360 reported this morning that the U.S. Department of Labor issued a memorandum addressing the “independent contractor versus employee” issue, taking the position that most workers are actually employees within the meaning of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

This Week In Employment Law, With A Lick And A Promise

It’s been a hectic week for me (I have a trial coming up), and so here are some links to employment law blog posts and workplace news items that I hope will entertain and edify…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Proposed Overtime Rule Would More Than Double Salary Threshold For Exempt Employees, With Automatic Yearly Increases

On June 30, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing changes to the executive, administrative, professional, and highly-compensated employee…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC’s Revised Pregnancy Guidance: Now, Just Barely More Flexible!

Last Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its amended guidance on pregnancy discrimination and accommodation in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v. UPS, issued in March 2015. The EEOC’s…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

What Does SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision Mean For Employers?

Seriously, I don’t think Friday’s Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges will be that big a deal for most employers. The Supreme Court already decided in 2013 that the federal definition of “spouse” included same-sex…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Executive Labor Summary - June / July 2015

What are the labor implications of Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell? - On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) in a 6-3 decision written by Chief Justice…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Insurance, Taxation

Employers, You’ll Never Pooh-Pooh The GINA Again.

On Monday, a federal jury in Atlanta awarded two hourly warehouse workers $2.2 million in a lawsuit brought under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The controversy started when Atlas Logistics Group Retail…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

BREAKING: Same-Sex Marriage Is The Law Of The Land, SCOTUS Says

The decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, hot off the press, is 103 pages long, but here it is. Some instant analysis: *The due process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution compel states…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Thanks a LOT, Mr. President!

As you know, I strongly disapprove of use of the “N” word in the workplace. I don’t think African-Americans should say it, and I really, really don’t think people who aren’t African-American should use it…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Time Regulations

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has issued the final regulations to the Earned Sick Time Law, M.G.L. c. 149, § 148C, which will become effective on July 1, 2015…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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