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Title VII does not ban gender identity discrimination, DOJ says

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Sexual Orientation
Asserting that the U.S. Department of Justice “must interpret Title VII as written by Congress,” the DOJ is reversing the Obama-era interpretation of Title VII, taking the position that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. In a memorandum issued this week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ formally withdrew a 2014… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, HR, Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Social media
Must-see ConstangyTV! The September edition of ConstangyTV’s “Close-Up on Workplace Law” is on YouTube, and you will not want to miss it. Host Leigh Tyson talks with Jon Yarbrough about social media in the workplace, including social media horror stories and what employers can do about them, the restrictions that have been imposed on social… Continue Reading

Emanuel confirmed to NLRB, and GOP now in the majority

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
Management-side labor attorney William Emanuel was confirmed by the Senate today as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the Republicans a 3-2 majority on the Board. However, Republican Chairman Philip Miscimarra has announced that he will not seek a second term when his current term expires in December, which… Continue Reading

Trump’s EEOC nominations are rocking along – and here’s what we can expect

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Labor Relations, Politics, Sexual Orientation
With President Trump in office for nine months now, it is hard to believe that none of his people are yet on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The four current Commissioners, including the Acting Chair, Republican Victoria Lipnic, and former Chair Jenny Yang, were all appointed by President Obama. But that may change soon. The Senate… Continue Reading

Are the OFCCP and the EEOC merging? Signs point to “No.”

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Politics
Based on a recent Senate appropriations bill, it appears that the Trump Administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has stalled. The Senate bill would fund the OFCCP for Fiscal Year 2018 at approximately $103.5 million, which is more than the House’s proposed funding of $94.5 million.… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
Just in time for Labor Day . . . the new Executive Labor Summary is out! Our favorite labor commentator, David Phippen of our Washington DC-Metro Office, is his usual bad* self, with the latest of President Trump’s nominees and appointees to the National Labor Relations Board, a court’s “joint employer” decision that may indicate where the now-Republican Board will end… Continue Reading

EEO-1 “pay data” requirement is on hold: The details

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Politics
NOTE FROM ROBIN: Last night, I posted briefly that the EEOC’s requirement, starting next March 31, that employers include compensation data in their annual EEO-1 reports had been suspended. We now have more information, and I have drafted a client bulletin that will go out this afternoon. Because the blog subscription and bulletin subscription lists are… Continue Reading

Trump reportedly has chosen his nominee for NLRB General Counsel

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
Bloomberg BNA reported last night that President Trump plans to nominate management-side labor attorney Peter Robb to become General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, replacing Richard Griffin, whose term expires this fall. Mr. Robb is a partner with the Vermont law firm Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC. (I don’t know Mr. Robb, but another… Continue Reading

Before you fire that political extremist . . .

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, HR, Politics, Public Sector Employment, Social media, Wrongful Discharge
If you’re a private sector employer, you can generally fire an at-will employee for his or her political beliefs or expression. The First Amendment, as we discussed last week, does not limit you. Depending on where you are, there may be state or local laws protecting employees from discrimination based on their political beliefs or… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Immigration, Politics, Pregnancy
President Trump endorses the RAISE Act, which would clamp down on legal immigration. The RAISE Act legislation, among other things, would give immigration priority according to a skills-based “points” system and to individuals who speak English. If enacted in its current form, it would be expected to reduce legal immigration to the United States by about 50 percent.… Continue Reading

Kaplan confirmed to NLRB – we now have an “R-D” tie

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Marvin Kaplan’s appointment to the National Labor Relations Board, which means that there is now an equal number of Republicans and Democrats on the Board. William Emanuel, a management-side attorney from Littler Mendelsohn, is the last Trump nominee to the Board. His confirmation vote will not take place until after the Senate’s… Continue Reading

President Trump nominates Iraq veteran Daniel Gade to EEOC Commissioner spot

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Politics
President Trump has nominated Daniel M. Gade to the last vacant slot on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dr. Gade, who has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy, is a veteran of the second Iraq War, and lost his right leg in 2005 after an explosion that occurred while he was carrying out… Continue Reading

Hate those EEOC regs? Here’s your big chance!

Posted in Discrimination, Politics
In February, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which directs federal agencies to establish regulatory reform task forces to make recommendations about repealing, replacing, or modifying existing regulations that do the following: eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency… Continue Reading

Senate hearing on labor and employment nominees set for today — but will it happen?

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
The Senate is scheduled to hold a “combined” confirmation hearing starting at 9:30 a.m. Eastern today on three Trump nominees for labor-and-employment-related positions: Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, both of whom have been nominated to vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board, and Patrick Pizzella, who has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in California FEHA, Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Wage-Hour
Overtime rule – what’s the Trump Administration doing? Last Friday, I posted about the U.S. Department of Labor’s brief in the case challenging the Obama Administration’s overtime rule, which has been enjoined since November 2016. The Trump DOL position had me scratching my head because it sounded an awful lot like the Obama DOL position,… Continue Reading

Are you ready for the new EEO-1 report?

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Politics
The beginning of July conjures many images for Americans – barbecues, picnics, fireworks.  But for many employers, July also triggered preparation for the annual EEO-1 Report filing.  Until this year, covered employers were required to file their reports no later than September 30, and the data submitted had to be from any pay period in… Continue Reading

Well, that’s weird. Trump DOL will pursue appeal of overtime decision

Posted in Politics, Wage-Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor submitted its brief today in Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor, the case involving the challenge to the Obama Administration’s overtime rule. Some very quick background: The overtime rule, which would have more than doubled the salary threshold for administrative, executive, and some professional exemptions from the minimum wage and… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Class actions, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Immigration, Labor Relations, Paid Leave, Politics, Safety, Social media, Uncategorized
Supreme Court agrees to review “travel ban” cases and partially stays injunctions on the ban pending a final decision. The Trump Administration won a partial victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that portions of the preliminary injunctions against the “travel ban” issued in March should be stayed. What that means is that the travel… Continue Reading

Trump nominates Janet Dhillon to head EEOC

Posted in Discrimination, Politics
Janet Dhillon, general counsel and corporate secretary for Burlington Stores, Inc., has been nominated by President Trump to fill a vacant seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to become its Chair. If confirmed, Ms. Dhillon will serve a five-year term that will expire July 1, 2022. I was expecting him to nominate Victoria… Continue Reading

Happy 45th birthday, Title IX: You’ve changed a bit over the years

Posted in Discrimination, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment, Politics, Sexual Torts
LaLonnie wrote this post with Sandra Sok, who is clerking for the summer in our Denver Office. Sandra is a rising second-year student at the University of Colorado Law School. Before starting law school, she worked as a paralegal while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine. A law was born.  On June 23,… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Wage-Hour
And may it die quickly. The U.S. Department of Labor has taken formal regulatory action to rescind the Obama Administration’s “Persuader Rule.” The DOL has been enjoined from enforcing the rule since November 2016, but the latest action will presumably end it for good. Let’s hope. David Phippen of our Washington DC Metro Office has… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Franchise, Independent Contractor, Politics, Wage-Hour
Trump DOL removes Obama DOL guidance on independent contractors, joint employment. On Wednesday, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta removed two Administrator’s Interpretations on independent contractors and joint employment issued during the Obama Administration. Here is our Client Bulletin, which I wrote with Jim Coleman, co-chair of our Wage and Hour Practice Group. The quick and dirty:… Continue Reading