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Employment-ish FHA Decision

Amid the headlines of last week’s Supreme Court decisions was one applying disparate impact analysis to claims under the Fair Housing Act “FHA”. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project,…more
| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Supremes Tell States Gay Marriage is Legal

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws the prohibit gay marriage in Obergfell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015), First, the Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage…more
| Constitutional Law, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation, Worker’s Compensation

Gov. Christie’s Cuts in N.J.’s Mandatory Public Pension Funding Found to be Legal

A recent study estimated that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion (yes, that’s a “T”). Ten states have plans in which less than 30-percent of benefit obligations are funded, and only three states have…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

DOL to Double Salary Test

The DOL released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the salary requirements for the FLSA’s white collar exemptions (e.g., executive, administrative, and professional employees). Some highlights of the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

A GINA Whodunit

Someone repeatedly defecated in the warehouse and the employer conducted an investigation. Two employees were at work at the time of the foul conduct; the employer ordered them to give a DNA sample – by submitting to a cheek…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Website Accessibility: Department of Justice’s Filings in Lawsuits Give Warnings

For many years, the U.S. Department of Justice, an enforcer of the accessibility provisions (Title III) of the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicable to public accommodations, has dragged its feet on promulgating…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOL Says Employers Are Morons

Okay, that’s not what the DOL said exactly. But the DOL did say today that companies far and wide are just wrong on which workers are employees and which are independent contractors for purposes of the FLSA. In an…more
| Labor & Employment Law

OSHA Delays Enforcement Date of New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

OSHA has issued a memorandum stating that it will delay enforcement of its new confined spaces in construction standard, which we discussed in our prior OSHA Update. The effective date for enforcement will now be October 2,…more
| Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law

Common Sense Trumps NLRB, For Once

If the NLRB has a consistent adversary, it is common sense. And so, it was a bad sign for the NLRB when the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals began its review of a recent NLRB Order with the following line: “Common…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Virtual Currencies are Getting Attention from Industry and Bank Regulators

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, once a novel means of exchange, have become so commonplace that in May of this year the New York Stock Exchange created a first-of-its-kind index (the “Index”) representing the U.S. dollar…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court Order Trumps Board

What happens when the NLRB says an arbitration agreement is illegal, but a court enforces the agreement anyway? Four plaintiffs recently found out. In Hobson et al. v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., No. CV-10-S-1486-S (N. D. Ala. July 8,…more
| Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Another Mini-Dukes Action Revived

Current and former women employees of Wal-Mart recently won big in the Sixth Circuit in their mini-Dukes discrimination class action. The trial court had ruled that the class action was filed too late, but the court of appeal…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

DOL Releases Proposed Rule to Update FLSA’s Overtime Exemptions

As we announced in yesterday's blog post, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that focuses on updating the minimum salary requirement for the Fair Labor Standard Act’s white collar…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supremes Say Abercrombie Not So Hip

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued its much-awaited religious discrimination decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, 575 U.S. ___ (June 1, 2015) (No. 14-86). Samantha Elauf applied for a job with A&F and was denied the job…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

The NLRB Reinstates Liar

In its seemingly unending quest to reverse long-settled employer defenses, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has instructed an Administrative Law Judge to reconsider his decision denying reinstatement to an…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law
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