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Trumpdate: Tons of employment-related stuff!

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
The employment law week in Trumpland started out a little slow, but now we’re back in business. Acosta looking good for confirmation as Secretary of Labor. In contrast to nominee Andrew Puzder, the outlook appears good for his successor nominee Alexander Acosta. Mr. Acosta seems to have bipartisan support in the Senate, and has even… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Discrimination, Elections, ERISA, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety
Yikes. I hope I haven’t missed anybody. Wild week! We hope that the immigrant strikes are about over by now, but they may continue into today, and a women’s strike is reportedly set for March 8. Do employers have any recourse when their employees go out on strike? It depends. If the strike is “protected… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: What do you think about Andrew Puzder and his “scandals”?

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, is supposed to take place tomorrow. While we wait to see what happens, I thought it might be fun to open a comment thread so we can opine about the issues that have been raised against him. Do you think they’re legitimate? Do you… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Court refuses to stay TRO against travel ban, Puzder hearing scheduled

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Politics
Yesterday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Trump Administration’s motion to stay the temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge in Seattle. This means that the TRO, which blocks the temporary travel ban from taking effect, will remain in place. The Administration may seek review by… Continue Reading

Daily* Trumpdate: Live stream the oral argument in Trump “travel ban TRO” appeal

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Politics
*EDITOR’S NOTE: This “daily” stuff has now officially become “more or less — maybe once a week, anyway.” For background on the immigration issue, please see this bulletin and this follow-up, both by Will Krasnow and Jeanette Phelan of our Immigration Practice Group. The oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

UPDATE: House votes to disapprove Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule

Posted in Affirmative Action, Elections, Politics
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently block implementation of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule, also known as the contractor “Blacklisting Rule.” With a 236-187 vote, the joint resolution disapproving the Rule easily passed in the House and will now head to the Senate. As we discussed earlier this week, Congress can… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Gorsuch seems to care about real people

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Politics, Pregnancy
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is still looking good to me. I’ve now read his famous (among law nerds, anyway) concurrence in Gutierrez-Brizuela v. Lynch, in which he criticizes the Chevron doctrine. (Judge Gorsuch also wrote the majority opinion in Gutierrez-Brizuela, but his concurrence starts at pdf page 15.) The Chevron doctrine, from… Continue Reading

Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule is on the chopping block

Posted in Affirmative Action, Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Sexual Orientation
In good news for federal contractors, Congress has taken its first step toward permanently blocking implementation of the Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Rule, also known as the contractor “Blacklisting” Rule.  As we have discussed previously, the Rule (which includes regulations and guidance implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673) requires federal contractors bidding on contracts worth… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Must-see TV, LGBT protections here to stay, ICE to harden?, best way to less regulation

Posted in Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Immigration, Politics, Sexual Orientation
Must-see TV! President Trump said last night that he would be announcing at 8 p.m. EST tonight his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy that was created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. You have to hand it to the President for scheduling the announcement for prime time, when everyone can watch. Although I think… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: The notorious immigration order, and what employers can expect in 2017

Posted in ConstangyTV, Elections, Immigration, Politics
Just a couple of quick links today: Hot off the press – Will  Krasnow and Jeanette Phelan have an excellent summary of the immigration Executive Order issued on Friday by President Trump and what employers should tell their employees from the “suspended seven” countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). The quick and dirty:… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Rough times for Puzder?

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Politics
The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, has been postponed yet again – now it’s scheduled for Tuesday, February 7. According to the Washington Post, Mr. Puzder has submitted his paperwork to the Office of Government Ethics, which is reviewing it and has not yet turned it over to the… Continue Reading

Workplace harassment: EEOC’s employer best practices

Posted in Elections, Harassment, Politics, Sexual Orientation
How can an employer best prevent workplace harassment from occurring, and deal with it effectively when it occurs? What would the EEOC say employers should do? This is my third and final installment on the proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment, which was recently issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC is accepting comments until February… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Elections, FOCUS, Immigration, Lactation, Politics, Pregnancy
Daily Trumpdates. Our new president has had a busy week, and I’ve been providing “Daily Trumpdates” of actions taken that are of interest to employers. Here are links to all the Trumpdates from this week: MONDAY: Regulatory freeze, “listening session” with unions, Puzder status TUESDAY: Good meeting with union reps WEDNESDAY (twofer): The 4 known SCOTUS contenders Victoria… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: DOL requests extension in overtime case

Posted in Elections, Politics, Wage-Hour
Dum-da-dum-dum! Bloomberg BNA reports that the U.S. Department of Labor, which is the defendant in a lawsuit challenging the rule regarding white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, has asked for an extension of time to allow “incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues.” You know what that… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate (2): Victoria Lipnic named as acting chair of EEOC

Posted in Elections, Politics
Law360 reported this afternoon that Victoria Lipnic, who has served as one of the two Republican Commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during the Obama Administration, has been appointed by President Trump to be acting chair of the EEOC. Ms. Lipnic has been on record as opposing the EEO-1 compensation reporting requirement that was supposed… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: The 4 known SCOTUS contenders

Posted in Elections, Politics
President Trump announced yesterday that he would be naming his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court next week. The nominee, if confirmed, will fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. According to most news sources, the three leading contenders are U.S. Court of Appeals Judges William Pryor (Eleventh Circuit), Neil Gorsuch (Tenth Circuit),… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Good meeting with union reps

Posted in Elections, Labor Relations, Politics
NOTE FROM ROBIN: Effective today, I’m officially changing the name of these mini-dispatches about President Trump’s first actions related to labor and employment law issues, to “Daily Trumpdate.” My first dispatch is here. President Trump met yesterday with representatives of a number of unions, and according to everyone involved, the meeting went well. It didn’t… Continue Reading

Trump quickies: Regulatory freeze, “listening session” with unions, Puzder status

Posted in Elections, Labor Relations, Politics, Wage-Hour
We’ll try to keep you up to date with the latest labor and employment law news from the Trump Administration via a series of mini-posts as news develops. According to Politico‘s Morning Shift, “President Trump ordered executive departments and agencies to freeze all pending regulations until the administration could review them.” This would include the DOL overtime… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Class actions, eLaw, Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Politics, Wage-Hour
Attention, New York employers! The Empire State (and the Big Apple) have enacted a number of employment-related laws — including minimum wage, family leave, freelance worker protections, and bathroom designations — that have recently taken effect, or will take effect in the not-too-distant future. Anjanette Cabrera and Stephen Stecker from our New York City Office… Continue Reading