EMPLOYMENT LAW

Trump's FY2018 budget seeks 21% less for Department of Labor

03/21/2017
President Trump wants to cut the Department of Labor’s budget by 21% in 2018.

No serial comma means employees have OT case

03/21/2017
In court, there are no ifs, ands or buts about it: Punctuation matters.

Wave of tort reform could benefit employers

03/16/2017
Republican lawmakers have been advancing bills that would limit employer liability in different types of lawsuits.

Your call: Pay lawyer a little now... or a lot later

03/16/2017
Sometimes, it pays to take the time and spend the money to have legal experts carefully review your proposed actions.

Action on employment law shifting to states

03/16/2017
Just because Republicans have their hands on all the levers of political power in Washington doesn’t mean they will be able to advance a cohesive agenda.

Pay attention to flurry of pay-equity actions

03/16/2017
Federal legislation addressing compensation inequality between men and women is unlikely in this Congress, but several states and municipalities are taking up the cause.

NLRB: Facebook criticism of union official is protected

03/15/2017
A Niagara Falls man has won back pay and other damages after filing an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 91.

Granting leave may trigger 'regarded as disabled' claim

03/15/2017
Approving leave for someone who has claimed a disability may mean you are regarding the employee as disabled. Effectively, that may mean he really is disabled for ADA purposes.

FMLA: Seek more information about relative who needs care

03/15/2017
Think twice before denying FMLA leave to employees who must care for close relatives who aren’t parents.

ADA accommodation can't be based on disabled employee's promise not to sue

03/15/2017
Never condition an accommodation on the employee’s promise to drop an EEOC complaint or a threatened lawsuit.

Warn supervisors: No griping about impact of employee taking FMLA leave

03/15/2017
Supervisors need to avoid expressing frustration about a worker’s illness and its effect on operations or insurance cost. Any such criticism may be used against you should the employee have to be disciplined or discharged.

Never ignore harassment, even if employee doesn't use your reporting system

03/15/2017
Simply having a sexual harassment policy doesn’t mean employers can ignore harassment they learn about via avenues that aren’t prescribed in the policy.

Anti-gay bias cases in limbo in 2nd Circuit

03/15/2017
It remains a hotly debated issue whether Title VII makes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal. Thus, anti-gay bias in the workplace remains a potentially serious problem for employers.

D.C. court weighs appeal of Browning-Ferris NLRB case

03/13/2017
The D.C. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments March 9 in a case that challenges the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris, which expanded the definition of a “joint employer” to include entities that exert even indirect control over another organization’s employees.

Labor Secretary-designate Acosta to join elite club

03/13/2017
If Alexander Acosta is confirmed as the nation’s 27th secretary of labor, he will join some illustrious company.
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