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Protecting Your Company Against the Perils of Office Parties

by Snell & Wilmer on

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s almost time to deck the halls and pull out the punch bowl for your office holiday party. But before you start dusting off your religiously neutral décor, make sure you take steps to limit the...more

Location, Location, Location: New Website Accessibility Decision May Encourage Forum Shopping

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire joined the ranks of the federal courts that have held that a website itself is a place of public accommodation—even if the business that maintains...more

Can You Be Fired for Flipping off the President? Yes...Well...Maybe Not

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

There is a widespread myth in this country that the First Amendment protects free speech in the workplace. Employees who loudly state controversial opinions often think the First Amendment protects them from being fired as a...more

D.C. District Court Issues Injunction Against Transgender Military Ban

by FordHarrison on

As previously reported by these authors, on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that transgender individuals will no longer be permitted to serve in the military. President Trump issued an official memorandum...more

Is a Dependent’s Gender Reassignment Covered Under Employer-Sponsored Benefits Plans?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Tovar v. Essentia Health (U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017), Brittany Tovar sought and was denied benefits needed for her son’s gender reassignment based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, as the Essentia health...more

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

Louisiana Court Finds Executive Order Extending Protections to LGBT Employees of State Contractors Unconstitutional

In April of 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order JBE 2016 – 11, which sought to protect lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender individuals, among other protected classes, from discrimination...more

Department of Education Sued in Connection with Recently Issued Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

• An equal rights group and three individual plaintiffs have filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court in Boston against the Department of Education (ED) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The complaint alleges that the...more

Step by Step: Employee Benefits in the Supreme Court

In conjunction with the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Eversheds Sutherland took a look back at the Court’s work in employee benefit cases since the enactment of ERISA. We found an astonishing 128 decisions, spanning...more

Protected Conduct or Hate Speech? Managing Diverse Viewpoints in the Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent events have underscored the difficulties employers face in managing diverse workforces in which employees hold a wide-range of political perspectives. The mere discussion of the news of the day can create divisive...more

California Governor Vetoes Two Bills Related to Public Report of Gender Wage Differentials and Discrimination Based on...

Late Sunday afternoon, Governor Brown vetoed a proposal to impose a controversial new mandate for large California employers to collect and publicly report data about the salaries of male and female employees and board...more

The Ongoing Battle Between LGBTQ+ Rights And Claims Of Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice has reversed the previous Administration’s position on employment protections for transgender individuals, and issued a memorandum that will likely be relied on by private...more

Arizona Supreme Court Decides Parentage of Children born in Same Sex Marriages

by Jaburg Wilk on

On September 19, 2017, the Arizona Supreme Court delivered its decision in McLaughlin vs. Jones, (CV-16-0266-PR) answering the question of whether the statutory presumption of parenthood arising from a marriage applies...more

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights’ jurisdiction in Title IX cases

The Issue - The Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) jurisdiction is broad. If an institution receives federal funds, to include student financial aid and grants, it is subject to Title IX and OCR’s authority. The most public, and...more

Dear Littler: Can We Discipline An Employee Who "Took a Knee" During the Anthem?

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Dear Littler: I work for a prominent company in a small city here in the Hoosier State, and we are very involved in our local community. We sponsor a corporate softball team, and last night one of our team members “took a...more

The Next Big Thing: Recruiting With Snapchat

by Fisher Phillips on

Forward-thinking businesses are using social media to further their recruiting efforts. They know that in order to communicate with Millennials, you have to speak their language. To that end, the latest social media platform...more

What Can and Can't You Do to Get Ready for Flu Season

by Snell & Wilmer on

As we get ready for flu season, employers are faced with the quandary of what to do when they want a healthy workplace in order to maintain productivity and morale, but still need to respect an individual employee’s beliefs...more

Legislation to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same Sex Couples

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On July 13, 2017 Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-MA-1), joined by other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced H.R. 3234, Refund Equality Act of 2017, which has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and...more

The Department of Education Issues New Guidance For Title IX Proceedings

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (the OCR) issued a new Dear Colleague Letter officially withdrawing the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the April 29,...more

Lawsuit Claiming Gender Bias in Title IX Investigation Allowed to Go Forward

• A federal court in Ohio has held that published writings of a university Title IX administrator provide sufficient evidence of bias to permit a civil suit by a penalized student to go forward. • Denial of equitable...more

Edith Windsor: Saying Farewell to a Brave Woman

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In law school, I wrote papers on the tax consequences of death and divorce for same-sex married couples. The conclusions I drew in those academic exercises included advising same-sex married couples to plan for tragedy well...more

Employee privacy and monitoring

by Dechert LLP on

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held in Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) last week that there was a breach of the right to privacy where an employer searched the contents of an...more

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration. Historically, the military took the position that transgender people...more

Ban on Officers Discussing K9 Program Violated First Amendment - Ninth Circuit Decision on Nevada State Highway Patrol Prior...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Regulating speech by government employees is difficult enough. Disciplining an employee for violations of speech policies is degrees of difficulty greater. And, imposing a prior restraint on employee speech is perhaps the...more

Neo-Nazi in Your Workplace? Tread Carefully Before Taking Action

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in an unfortunate time in which white nationalists and neo-Nazis are receiving a great amount of publicity. In the aftermath of this month’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia we are likely to see additional rallies,...more

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