The Employer

  • Department of Labor Update

    On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor released new opinion letters that addressed compliance issues related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).   An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division on how a particular law applies to a specific circumstance.
    The newest FMLA opinion letter clarifies whether employers can let workers take paid leave in lieu of FMLA Leave.

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  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Update

    Last week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives reintroduced a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.  Title VII prohibits discrimination based on “sex.” The bill defines “sex” to include sex stereotype, sexual orientation or gender identity, and pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.

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    On February 28, 2019, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct) introduced the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (the “FAIR act). The goal of this bill is to increase Americans’ right to seek justice and accountability through the court system.
    If passed, the bill would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements that force arbitration of future employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights disputes.

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  • Labor, Employment, and Workers’ Compensation Seminar

    Join our experienced labor, employment, and workers’ compensation attorneys for a full day of free interactive learning.
    Adventures in Workers’ Compensation takes the audience through a choose your own journey experience in processing a workers’ comp claim. Audience members will evaluate and decide on issues including: certification, independent medical examinations, substantial aggravation, compensation issues, court, and settlement.

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  • Holistic Approach to Combat Harassment in the Workplace

    A year following the inception of the #MeToo movement, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting on October 31, 2018, entitled Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment. During this meeting, the Commission heard from 7 panelists who testified about how each of their respective organization are tackling harassment in the workplace through preventive measures, innovative training approaches, awareness campaigns, and leadership accountability.

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  • The Joint Employer Rule and OSHA LiabilityRead more


  • May 6-10 is the 6th Annual National Safety Stand-Down To Prevent Falls in ConstructionRead more

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