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Obergefell Ruling Reaffirms That Employees In Same-Sex Marriages Have FMLA Rights

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) so that an eligible employee in a same-sex marriage is able to take FMLA leave to care for…more
| Civil Rights, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law

Employer Policies And Procedures That May Need To Be Updated In Light Of Obergefell

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally-protected right which cannot be infringed upon through governmental action. Although private sector employers do not generally…more
| Civil Rights, Family Law, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

The Impact Of Obergefell On Employee Benefits

Prior to the Obergefell decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which mandated that federal laws only recognize opposite-sex marriages. As a result of…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Obergefell Expands The Number Of Individuals Potentially Eligible To Apply For Immigration Benefits

Obergefell effectively expands the number of individuals who would be eligible to submit immigration applications on behalf of a same-sex spouse because same sex marriage is now legal across the country, rather than in a handful…more
| Civil Rights, Family Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

USDOL Issues New Guidance Stating That Most Workers Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the USDOL issued guidance for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the FLSA. The main takeaway from the guidance is that when analyzing the applicable independent…more
| Labor & Employment Law

USDOL Proposes Significant Increase In The Minimum Salary An Employee Must Earn To Be Exempt From Overtime

In one of the most potentially sweeping changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations in over a decade, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has proposed an increase in the minimum salary for employees to qualify…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Scores Six Figure Settlement Against University Of Michigan; For Limited Reassignment To The Most Well-Qualified Candidate Violated ADA

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ), which enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) alongside the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sued the University of Michigan regarding the school’s…more
| Civil Rights, Education, Labor & Employment Law

IRS Overhauls Its Determination Letter Program For Individually-Designed Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it will be significantly limiting the employee plan determination letter program for individually-designed qualified retirement plans. Prior to these new changes,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

California-Based Company Fined $605,250 For Various Form I-9 Violations

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice (OCAHO) issued a fine of $605,250 to California-based Hartmann Studios, Inc., an event design and production company (the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Employers That Need To File H-1B CAP Cases Will Now Need To Wait Until FY 2017

In April 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 85,000 total visas for fiscal year 2016, within the first week of the filing…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie In Headscarf Religious Accommodation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the EEOC’s lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., alleging that Abercrombie violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire a Muslim applicant, who wore a…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New Wage And Hour Laws Go Into Effect On July 1

Before you fire up the grill to celebrate Independence Day, this is a reminder that a number of important laws passed by local and state governments around the country become effective July 1. The Fast Laner previously reported…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court Rules That Payment Of Overtime Wages Pursuant To A Department Of Labor Audit Does Not Preclude Affected Employees From Overtime Claims Under The FLSA

Obtaining a valid waiver of minimum wage or overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continues to be tricky. Section 216(c) of the FLSA requires that a valid waiver must be “supervised” by the U.S. Department of…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The NLRB's Office Of General Counsel Provides Guidance Regarding Handbook Policies

On March 18, 2015, in the wake of a number of controversial decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding policies in employee handbooks (both in unionized and non-unionized settings), the NLRB's General…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Illinois Appellate Court Limits Employer's Discretion To Award Or Deny Bonuses Under Written Bonus Plan

McCleary v. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, an Illinois Appellate Court held that a former employee stated a claim for an unpaid bonus under a written bonus plan that expressly stated that bonuses were made at the sole discretion…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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