Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Federal judge in NC temporarily blocks H.B. 2

In one of the many lawsuits filed in North Carolina related to the notorious H.B. 2, Judge Thomas Schroeder of the Middle District of North Carolina has preliminarily enjoined the University of North Carolina from enforcing the…more
| Civil Rights, Education

Shoddy Harassment Investigation Comes Back To Bite Employer

Employers, has this ever happened to you? An employee has accused her boss of sexual harassment. Right now, it’s her word against his, but you might be able to find out the truth if you interview her co-workers. The…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Final Rule and Guidance on Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Released

Today the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published its Final Rule and the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Final Guidance to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The new documents…more
| Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

The EEOC’s Defeat In Detroit: Pants, Skirts, Gender Identity, And Religion

Last week, I reported that summary judgment was granted against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its transgender discrimination lawsuit against R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, linked to the decision (but here…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Call the Doctor! Paid sick leave is on the way for (many) federal contractors

The date for the U.S. Secretary of Labor to issue regulations establishing paid sick leave for covered employees of certain federal contractors is fast approaching. By way of background, on September 7, 2015, President…more
| Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Spa day! Let’s do an FLSA white-collar exemption makeover!

Employers, when was the last time you had a real makeover? Let’s do one now! The new white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act will go into effect December 1, but it’s a good idea for employers to prepare…more
| Labor & Employment Law

BREAKING: Detroit-Area Funeral Home Wins In EEOC Transgender Case

Remember EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes? This was the transgender discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against a suburban Detroit funeral home chain for allegedly discriminating…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

OFCCP Takes Contractors Back To School On Pre-Employment Testing

Federal contractors, be warned: If you have not properly reviewed (and validated!) any testing used as part of your hiring process, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs may take issue . . . and seek to collect big…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Expands Protections To Transgender Individuals

As of October 1, “places of public accommodation” in Massachusetts will be prohibited from discriminating based on gender identity. That is, persons accessing a “place of public accommodation” must be permitted to use…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Bridging The Generation Gap At Work

What a week for aging. According to one study, people age 65 and older will outnumber people age 15 and younger worldwide by the year 2030. This is referred to as a “population plague.” In more bad news for younger older…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Retailer - Summer 2016

FLSA white-collar exemption rule has retail employers in the bulls-eye - The U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule regarding white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act has a lot of employers scrambling, but…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Conservative Expression May Be Unlawful Harassment, EEOC Says

Is wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” cap to work a form of racial harassment? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it could be, even though the EEOC acknowledges that the Gadsden Flag “originated in the…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Guidance for employers on the Zika virus

Within the past few days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitoes to individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. Before this confirmation, the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Huh? Title VII And Sexual Orientation Bias, Revisited

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided last week in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that sexual orientation discrimination is not prohibited by Title VII, consistent with a long line of appellate court…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Update For The Franchise Industry: Is Your Brand Manager Creating A “Joint Employment” Relationship With Your Franchisees’ Employees?

For several years now, franchisors have been the subject of attention in the labor and employment law arenas, and new rules and regulations are challenging franchise relationships in a number of ways. One increasingly…more
| Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law
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