The Case of the “Devious Defecators”: Genetic Information Breach Leads to Big Verdict

2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is a relatively obscure law that was enacted in 2008 by Congress to prevent use of genetic information in employment practices. It had not been tested to any degree of notoriety until recently when a federal court jury awarded $2.2 million to a pair of employees who had filed suit [...]

Tax Credits Under the Affordable Care Act: What Are They and How Can They Benefit You?

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 26th, 2015|General Labor Law|

The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits for people who are not provided with health insurance through their employers and cannot afford to buy it themselves. Sounds pretty simple, but, as usual with government regulations, there is more to it than that. The ACA is intended to make health insurance coverage prevalent in the United [...]

What’s Next for Same Sex Rights?

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Sexual Harassment|

The United States Supreme Court’s historic decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry has set off a significant wave of reaction in the country, both positive and negative. This could be the most polarizing topic that has divided Americans in many years. In case you are not familiar with the Obergefell case, [...]

Whistleblower Protections in California

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

Whistleblower laws, those that protect employees who report wrongdoing by their employers, have been in place for a number of years at the federal level and in every state in the union. Federal laws protect federal workers who report government wrongdoing, and also private employees who report federal law violations or misappropriation of federal funds [...]

Same-Sex Marriage and Employment Benefits

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

The United States Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage both settled some issues of employment benefits and left some in doubt. For the rights afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act, the decision came at a very opportune time. The U. S. Department of Labor in February had enacted a rule that included same-sex [...]

California AB-987 Clarifies Religious and Disability Discrimination Prohibitions

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

In response to a disturbing ruling in a California court of appeal case, the legislature passed, and the Governor signed, an amendment to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The amendment clarifies the law by specifically prohibiting discrimination or retaliation against employees or others who request an accommodation due to religion or disability. In [...]

The San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 23rd, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

If you work for a retail establishment in San Francisco, you have specific rights that may not be known to you. The Retail Workers Bill of Rights became effective in December, 2014 and affects employers who are considered to be a "formula retail establishment" under San Francisco ordinances. An FRE is a retail business that [...]

Your Employment Rights: The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 12th, 2015|General Labor Law|

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act is a law that was enacted by Congress in 1993 to provide employees with the right to take off work for certain medical reasons without fear of losing their jobs. The Act applies to public sector employers and to private employers with 50 employees or more, and seeks [...]

The Three Main Things You Need to Know About Employment Rights for Military Personnel

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 10th, 2015|General Labor Law|

Veterans and current members of the United States Armed Services are entitled to various protections of their employment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act. The protections are designed to ensure employment stability for service members, which also helps facilitate the staffing of the various branches of the military. The three core components [...]

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for California Workers

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 5th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

If you live or work in California, you have no doubt heard about the mandatory paid sick leave law passed by the State Legislature. On July 1, 2015, California became one of only four states with this progressive employment right for workers. To be eligible, a worker must work for at least 30 days for [...]

Your Employment Rights: The California Family Rights Act

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|General Labor Law|

Recent changes have been made to the California Family Rights Act regulations, which impact employee rights in the State of California. Since 1993, California has provided family leave employment rights under the California Family Rights Act. The recent amendments to the regulations that implement the CFRA went into effect on July 1, 2015. The CFRA [...]

New Protected Class Established in Military Equal Opportunity Program

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 July 29th, 2015|General Labor Law|

United States federal anti-discrimination laws cover outlined “protected classes.” A protected class is a characteristic of a person which cannot be targeted for discrimination. The following characteristics are considered protected classes by federal law: Race Religion Color National origin Age Sex Pregnancy Citizenship Familial status Disability Veteran status These protected classes are created by different federal [...]

FedEx Settles Worker Classification Suit for $227 Million

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 July 27th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The classification of workers as either employees or independent contractors has been a major issue across the nation. In an attempt to protect employee rights, the fight to properly classify independent contractors as employees has increased in order to ensure they are properly being paid and receiving benefits. Amongst the employers involved in the classification [...]

Former Sony Employees Claim Employer’s Negligence Allowed Hack

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|General Labor Law|

Last year, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. was hacked by North Koreans, angered over the portrayal of their country in the movie, “The Interview.” The hackers gained access to Sony employees’ personal information, possibly including social security numbers, driver’s license and passport numbers, bank and credit-card information, and medical records. In response, former Sony employees are [...]

California Labor Commissioner Rules Uber Driver is Employee

2017-12-13T21:46:39+00:00 July 21st, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

On June 16, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner's office ruled that Uber drivers are employees, not independent contractors. The ruling is expected to have a major impact on how the ride-sharing service operates in California, now that it will be expected to treat drivers like employees. The California Labor Commission found that because of the [...]

San Francisco “Retail Workers Bill of Rights” Soon to Go In Effect

2017-12-13T21:46:40+00:00 July 17th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

On July 3, 2015 the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights” will go into effect in the City of San Francisco.  The Retail Workers Bill of Rights is series of new ordinances that outline employment rights applying to “Formula Retail Establishments” in San Francisco. Under the new ordinances, covered employers must meet the following five major [...]

Confidentiality Agreements for California Employees: Are They Legal?

2017-12-13T21:46:40+00:00 July 15th, 2015|General Labor Law|

Confidentiality agreements, in the employment context, prevent employees from using or disclosing confidential information of the employer. These agreements are also sometimes called nondisclosure agreements. They may be an agreement in and of themselves, or they may be part of a larger agreement that includes other topics. California law generally provides that any agreement that [...]

3 Instances in Which You Should be Getting Paid Overtime

2017-12-13T21:46:40+00:00 July 1st, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Our nation’s lawmakers have recently focused on political agenda items dealing with employment law. Higher wages and overtime regulations are amongst the employment issues getting the most attention. With major legal changes predicted dealing with employee rights, it is important for employees to understand whether they currently qualify for overtime. Below are three instances in [...]

Judge Keeps Uber Employment Lawsuit Out of Arbitration

2017-12-13T21:46:40+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Arbitration, General Labor Law|

A recent ruling by a United States District Court judge in San Francisco was a win for California Uber-drivers. In the case, Ronald Gillette et al. vs. Uber Technologies et al., the plaintiff, Ronald Gillette, brought the suit late last year with hopes of making it a class action. The lawsuit specifically claims that Uber, [...]

$3 Million Settlement as Result of Failure to Reimburse Employees for Business Expenses

2017-12-13T21:46:40+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Class Action, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

In April 2015, medical device company Stryker Corp. and its subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corp. settled a class action labor lawsuit for $3 million. The plaintiffs in the suit, Tanner Trosper v. Stryker Corporation, alleged Stryker and Howmedica violated California labor codes and unfair competition laws by failing to reimburse sales associates for business expenses. The [...]

Ninth Circuit Questions Enforceability of “No Future Employment” Clauses

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Arbitration, General Labor Law|

The validity of “no future employment” clauses in settlement agreements is being questioned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the case Golden v. California Emergency Physicians, the court recently overturned a District Court’s order finding a "no future employment" provision enforceable. The Court directed the lower court to re-examine the agreement and determine [...]

Employers not Required to Offer Telecommuting to Employees with Interpersonal Skills in Job Description

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 8th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

On April 10, 2015, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in favor of the Ford Motor Company, which will not have to offer a telecommuting option to a worker with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because her job required on-site attendance and interpersonal skills. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Ford [...]

Is “On-Call” Scheduling Legal?

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 6th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The New York attorney general’s office is currently investigating whether impermissible “on-call” scheduling is used by a variety of major retailers. At issue is whether requiring workers to check in within hours of their shift violates New York’s labor laws, which requires at least four hours of pay at the minimum wage for workers who [...]

Federal Judge Orders Norwegian Government to Pay Consulate Worker $270,000 and $2.1 million in Attorney Fees

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Ellen Ewald worked in Norway’s Minneapolis consulate. She sued the Norwegian government for employment discrimination case, alleging her employer paid her $30,000 less than it paid a man doing comparable work. A United States District Court found that the Norwegian government violated the federal Equal Pay Act and the Minnesota’s Human Rights Act, and ordered [...]

EEOC Proposes Rule Pertaining to Employer Wellness Programs

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

On April 20, 2015, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that will change the regulations and implementation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as related to employer wellness programs. In a nut shell, employers may use incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs [...]

Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Case

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled on behalf of Peggy Young, a former United Parcel Service (UPS) employee who sued the company for failing to accommodate her 2006 pregnancy by giving her light duty. Young now has the opportunity to pursue her discrimination claim, which had been dismissed by the United [...]

New Federal Overtime Regulations Expected Soon

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 28th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

On March 13, 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the “white collar” exemptions. The Department of Labor (DOL) previously announced multiple target dates for the publication of new proposed regulations, including November 2014 and February 2015. These [...]

Employees Sue for Being Fired for Private Text Messages

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

Victor Nascimento and Audry Yule, former Anheuser-Busch employees, are suing the company, claiming they were wrongfully terminated and their privacy rights were violated. Nascimento and Yule worked at the Anheuser-Busch’s Jersey City facility. The two had been exchanging disparaging text messages about a fellow employee, Alex Davis. The messages were sent using personal cell phones [...]

Microsoft Requires Contractors to Provide 15 Days of Paid Leave

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Microsoft has announced that it will require most of its 2,000 contractors and vendors to provide their employees who perform work for Microsoft fifteen days of paid each year. This unique model of one company forcing other companies to adopt paid leave policies comes at a time when few American believe the federal government will [...]

Employers are Increasingly Requiring Employees to Waive Right to Bring Class Action

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Arbitration, Class Action, General Labor Law|

In 2011, the United States Supreme Court held in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion that companies may ban consumers from participating in class actions. While that case involved consumers, lower courts and businesses have extended the ruling to cover employees as well. Consequently, more companies are requiring employees to arbitrate serious complaints and adding provisions to [...]

New Immigration Rule Will Benefit H-1B Worker Families

2017-12-13T21:46:41+00:00 March 30th, 2015|General Labor Law|

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule that will affect employees who are working in the U.S. on an H-4 Visa. The new rule extends employment eligibility to the H-4 non-immigrant spouses of H-1B workers who are not subject to the six year limitation on stay in “H status.” The [...]

DOJ Expands Definition of “Spouse” for FMLA purposes

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 20th, 2015|General Labor Law|

The United States Department of Labor has finalized a rule that will extend the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to married same-sex couples, regardless of what state they live in. Enacted in 1993, the FMLA permits eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for [...]

New CA Legislation Aim to Eliminate Gender Bias in Benefits System

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law|

New legislation is being introduced in California that will hopefully ban reductions to workers’ compensation awards for gender-based reasons. The Assemblywoman introducing the bill, Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, claims that women are having their workers’ compensation awards reduced for reasons such as menopause, pregnancy, breast cancer, sexual harassment, and osteoporosis. About a decade ago, [...]

Federal Judge Rules NFL Cannot Apply Policies Retroactively

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 16th, 2015|General Labor Law|

On February 26, 2015, a United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota ruled that National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell and an arbitrator were wrong to indefinitely suspend Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson because of a misdemeanor child-abuse conviction. As a result of a May 2014 incident involving Peterson and [...]

Employer Requirements Regarding Posting Work-Related Injury and Death Summaries

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 March 11th, 2015|General Labor Law|

Cal/OSHA has just released a reminder to all California employers that between February 1 and April 30 they must post summaries of all work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year. Every year, employers must publish data about injuries and illness that took place at the worksite. The California Code of Regulations (Title 8 Sections [...]

Are Uber Drivers Independent Contractors or Employees?

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 24th, 2015|General Labor Law|

Application technology has created a subset of employees who are “summoned” to their job through a smartphone app. Amongst this class of employees are Uber drivers, Handy cleaning and handyman service workers, and CrowdFlower job service workers. All of these workers are currently classified as independent contracts, meaning they are not covered by minimum-wage laws [...]

New California Law Protects Unpaid Interns from Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 6th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Amongst the many new employment related laws that will go into effect this year in California is AB 1443, which prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals in unpaid internships. It also extends religious belief protections and accommodation requirements to unpaid internships, individuals in apprenticeships, and to volunteers.   The new law reiterates that the California [...]

New California Employment Law Bans Immigration-Status Related Retaliation

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Discimination, General Labor Law, Wrongful termination|

A heap of new laws will becoming effective this year in California, and many will directly affect employers and employees. In particular, one new law, AB 2751, bans retaliation against an employee for immigration-status reasons. Prior to AB 2751, California law prohibited “an employer or any other person from engaging in, or directing another person [...]

Reminder about Holiday Hours

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 9th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

Hours worked on holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays are generally treated like hours worked on any other day of the week.   California law does not require an employer to do any of the following: provide employees with paid holidays close on any holiday give employees the day off for any particular holiday pay employees overtime for [...]

Special San Francisco Wage Laws for Retail Workers

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 8th, 2015|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed two new ordinances that provide special wage and hour protections for employees of “formula retail establishments.”  The ordinances are collectively referred to as the Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights, and will go into effect January 4, 2015 and become operative July 3, 2015. The Retail Workers’ Bill [...]

Wal-Mart Loses $151 Million Employment Law Case

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Class Action, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed a $151 million jury award against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The case involved allegation of wage theft against the retail giant. Wage theft refers to the practice of employers illegally withholding wages or denying benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee. On appeal, Wal-Mart argued that the court should have required [...]

New Laws affect California Workers

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 December 29th, 2014|General Labor Law|

With the new year quickly approaching, it is important for employees to know about a number of new California employment laws that will go into effect in 2015. These laws go into effect at different times throughout the year, but it would not hurt if employers implemented policies prior to the effect dates. The two [...]

Can Employees be Forced into Obamacare?

2017-12-13T21:46:42+00:00 December 26th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Some big, self-insured companies pay employees with significant health issues to opt out of the company medical plan and get coverage on the insurance exchange market. The companies do this to try d save money. However, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently stated that this practice is illegal.   It is possible for an [...]

Supreme Court Hears Arguments For Pregnancy Discrimination Case

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|General Labor Law|

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case Young v. United Parcel Service, in which Peggy Young, a former driver for the package delivery company, is suing the United Parcel Service for refusing to offer her light duty when she was pregnant. Young is claiming that UPS violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of [...]

San Francisco Healthcare Providers Cited Over $3 Million for Labor Law Violations

2016-08-05T17:22:06+00:00 November 19th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The California Labor Commissioner has issued over $3 million in citations to four San Francisco assisted living providers. An investigation of the facilities uncovered minimum wage, overtime, and rest period violations.   Abraham Rest Home Inc., Common Destiny Care Homes, Sanchez-Abraham, and Florian White Dove Care were all issued citations. They included: $1,820,551 for underpaid [...]

The California Court of Appeals Complicates the Independent Contractor / Employee Laws

2016-08-05T17:22:08+00:00 November 17th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Lately, there have been a lot of cases throughout the nation asking courts to differentiate between the worker classifications of an employee and a contractor. In a wave of cases, most courts used a factor test to side with workers who were wrongfully classified as independent contractors so that employers could avoid paying certain benefits [...]

Ebola and Employment Law Issues

2016-08-05T17:22:11+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|General Labor Law|

Employers across the United States are starting to think about the legal issues they could face if an employee is exposed to the Ebola virus. There have been eight known cases of Ebola in this country, but hundreds or more U.S. residents may have been exposed. Risk of exposure has employers worried about legal risks [...]

Can Employers Require Applicants to Take Personality Tests?

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 October 29th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Many companies are using online personality tests to evaluate the skills, personality, cognitive abilities and other traits of prospective workers in the United States. Between sixty and seventy percent of applicants face such tests. Some argue that these assessments are ineffective and amount to discrimination.   Some of the questions ask whether an applicant agrees [...]

Civil Rights Act Used to Protect Transgendered Employees

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|General Labor Law|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits against companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees. The EEOC says the companies’ actions are violations of Title Seven of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is the first time the federal government has used the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which offers protections against sexual discrimination, [...]

Do Employees Have a Right to Self Defense?

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 September 19th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Six former Wal-Mart employees sued the corporate giant after they were fired for violating a company policy barring confrontations with armed customers. The case has made it all the way up to the Utah Supreme Court, which will decided what rights employees have to self-defense. The former Wal-Mart workers contend that they have a right [...]

CA Will Require Paid Sick Leave

2017-12-13T21:46:43+00:00 September 17th, 2014|General Labor Law|

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the paid sick leave bill, AB 1522. Starting in July 2015, private California employers will have to provide their employees with at least 3 paid sick leave days per year. With the signing of this law, California has become the second state, following Connecticut, to require [...]

Raiders and Raiders Cheerleaders Settle Wage Dispute

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 12th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The NFL has found itself in an unkind light lately, and one issue it has been dealing with is lawsuits against teams who have been paying their cheerleaders less than minimum wage. Leading the way with such litigation, the 90 current and former cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders have been offered a settlement for withheld [...]

Employers are Encouraged to Protect Employees from Abuse

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 September 4th, 2014|General Labor Law|

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates has adopted as Model Workplace Policy on “Employer Responses to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.” The policy comes as a response to the need for businesses to help protect employees from violence. In 2012, Jessica Kenny was working the evening shift at the concierge desk at [...]

Did SpaceX Violate Labor Laws?

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 28th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

SpaceX is a California company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. It was founded by Elon Musk, who also founded Paypal and is the CEO of Tesla Motors. Currently, the upstart company is facing two lawsuits in which former employees are claiming that SpaceX violated state labor laws. The first lawsuit was [...]

Government Shut Down Caused Labor Law Violations

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 27th, 2014|General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

During last year’s infamous government shutdown, some employees still had to work, and with delayed pay. Five of these employees, who worked for the federal prison system and the U.S. Justice Department, brought suit against the federal government. More than 1,000 plaintiffs from various governmental agencies have joined their case case, and the suit now [...]

LinkedIn Will Pay Millions in Overtime Back Wages

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Class Action, General Labor Law, Wage and Hour|

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that LinkedIn Corp. has agreed to pay $3.3 million in overtime back wages and $2.5 million in liquidated damages to 359 workers in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. All over the country, employers are working “off the clock,” without pay or overtime. This practice harms workers, denies [...]

California Supreme Court Rules Alzheimer Patients Cannot be Found Liable

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 25th, 2014|General Labor Law|

Home healthcare workers have some of the toughest jobs, and they are faced with some of the most difficult, even dangerous patients. Unfortunately, these employees do not have very many protections. The California Supreme Court ruled in August 2014 that Alzheimer’s patients and their families cannot be held liable for injuries patients cause to home [...]

Safety Violations Can Cost Employers Thousands of Dollars

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|General Labor Law|

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) cited National Distribution Center LP, a warehousing and logistics company in Mira Loma, California, $308,435 in for not providing employees with foot protection. In July 2012, a safety violation complaint was filed with Cal/OSHA against the National Distribution Center LP. Cal/OSHA’s San Bernardino office inspected the company’s [...]

How Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Case Will Effect California Employees

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 7th, 2014|General Labor Law|

In the recent Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of exempting closely held corporations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate. This case has created a lot of controversy concerning the extension of corporation’s religious rights, but because the Supreme Court made a narrow decision based on federal, not state law, [...]

Executive Order Prohibits LGBT Discrimination

2017-12-13T21:46:44+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Discimination, General Labor Law|

On July 21, President Obama signed two amended executive orders prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees and prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment. The executive orders aim to ensure that all employees are judged only by their ability to complete required job duties. The first executive order Obama amended, initially [...]