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Weekly catch-up

Posted in FOCUS, Franchise, Labor Relations, Politics
Franchisors received some encouraging news this week from President Trump’s Acting Solicitor General, Nicholas Geale. Mr. Geale says that he prefers not to bring enforcement actions based on a theory that franchisors and franchisees are “joint employers.” He also said that he hopes the U.S. Department of Labor will focus on helping employers to comply… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity
Work card renewal for foreign workers gets easier. First, I neglected last week to include this Immigration Dispatch by Elizabeth Joiner on changes to the process for renewing Employment Authorization Cards (aka “work cards”) that should make things easier for foreign workers. Please do read, and, Elizabeth, I apologize for the delay! The January-February edition of… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Labor Relations, Politics
The November-December edition of Constangy’s Executive Labor Summary is out! David Phippen has a good one (does he ever have any other kind?), including the current status of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule (sick) and the Persuader Rule (still a pulse, but death is imminent), Secretary Thomas Perez’s run for chair of the… Continue Reading

Employment and labor law developments (and a few other things) I’m thankful for

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
This has been a weird year for me. (And, no, I’m not even thinking about the election!) But I have much to be thankful for, and I hope you do, too. BREAKING THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act was struck… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in HR, Labor Relations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s new Persuader Rule, which was scheduled to take effect July 1 before it was temporarily blocked by a federal judge in Lubbock, Texas, has now been permanently enjoined. That means the new Rule is dead, subject to the DOL’s right to appeal the decision. And, of course, with the incoming Trump… Continue Reading

Everything’s happening in Texas!

Posted in Labor Relations, Wage-Hour
Don’t mess with Texas. In Lubbock yesterday, Judge Sam R. Cummings permanently enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Rule, which is great news for employers. David Phippen has the full story here. The DOL can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (it’s already appealing the preliminary injunction issued in… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Class actions, ConstangyTV, Elections, Equal Pay, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety, Sexual Orientation, Wage-Hour, Work-Life Balance
Effect of Election 2016 on labor and employment law. We asked our practice group heads and some thought leaders to tell us how they think employers will be affected by a Trump Administration on specific labor and employment law issues. This client bulletin is packed with prognostication about what we may see in the areas of affirmative action and… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, FOCUS, Labor Relations, Work-Life Balance
There is great rejoicing among federal contractors since a federal judge in Texas has preliminarily blocked the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rules from going into effect. Absent the court’s action, the rules would have taken effect for the largest contractors this past Tuesday, and for some smaller ones in 2017. The case is far from over, but this… Continue Reading

Employer dos and don’ts for 2016 elections (NLRB-friendly version)

Posted in Harassment, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Social media
Labor Day marked the beginning of the “serious” election season. In 2012, I posted on dos and don’ts for employers, but many of my old recommendations aren’t going to work in today’s labor law climate. Here’s an updated guide to help employers and their employees survive to November 8, and beyond, which I think will comply with the… Continue Reading

Light reading for your Fourth of July weekend

Posted in Constangy News, Discrimination, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Lawyers!, Retaliation, Safety
Well, maybe not light reading, but good reading about good news that you won’t want to miss! Here are our bulletins and other publications from the last week, in case you missed them: *Heather Owen is already shooting off Fourth of July fireworks at the FOCUS women’s leadership blog because our firm was named this week by the National… Continue Reading

Your summer labor and employment reading list — for this week, anyway

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Pregnancy
I was on vacation last week, and so we have a lot of catching up to do. Here’s what’s been going on, from most to least recent: *David Phippen has been keeping us up to date on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Rule and what that will mean for employers. On Wednesday, a federal judge in… Continue Reading

Your labor and employment reading for this weekend.

Posted in Constangy News, Discrimination, FOCUS, Labor Relations, Labor Trafficking, Non-Competition, Only in California
Federal protection for trade secrets, “suitable seating,” inadvertent labor trafficking, Uber’s status as an employer — whew! Be sure to check these out if you haven’t already: *Billy Hammel of our Austin Office and Bill McMahon of our Winston-Salem Office (and my next-door neighbor), with Anna Rothschild of our Washington D.C. Metro Office, are digging… Continue Reading

No April foolin’ – third lawsuit challenging DOL Persuader Rule is filed

Posted in Labor Relations, Lawyers!
We now have an April Fool’s Day Persuader Rule challenge (but it’s real). The National Federation of Independent Business leads this group of plaintiffs, and has filed suit in federal court in Texas, which is in the Fifth Circuit. The other two lawsuits were filed in Arkansas and Minnesota, both in the Eighth Circuit. Here’s our… Continue Reading

“Lighten up, baby,” and other harassment “best practices” for employers

Posted in Harassment
Dear Readers: Not that anything in this blog constitutes legal advice anyway, but before you accuse me of legal malpractice based on the following post, please notice today’s date. Happy April Fool’s Day! Robin Many employers ask me: “Robin, what are your ‘best practices’ for workplace sexual harassment?” I’m glad you asked! No. 1: Be sure that… Continue Reading

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of employees? The Shadow knows.

Posted in Corporate Culture
“The boss is a jerk. I dread coming to work every day. I’m treated unfairly. Everyone else gets better treatment than I do. My pay stinks, and my company’s paid-time-off policy leaves much to be desired. I should sue!” The Daily Mail had an article this week about “the moment [employees] started hating their jobs,” based on a Reddit discussion thread entitled… Continue Reading

Why shouldn’t supervisors investigate workplace harassment? They’re too normal.

Posted in Harassment
I have recommended on this blog and in harassment training that “operations” people (in other words, people who aren’t in Human Resources or lawyers) avoid the temptation to investigate workplace harassment complaints on their own. A commenter asked me last week why I said this. I thanked her for giving me the inspiration for a blog… Continue Reading

Why the EEOC believes Title VII bans sexual orientation bias

Posted in Discrimination, ENDA, Gender Identity Discrimination, Harassment
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a “friend of the court” brief in a sexual orientation discrimination appeal, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination is “sex discrimination” prohibited by Title VII. (Thanks to EEOC General Counsel David Lopez for alerting me.) I am a skeptic on this subject. Title VII was enacted in 1964, and legend… Continue Reading

Who was naughty, and who was nice in employment law this year

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Harassment, Labor Relations, Lawyers!, Pregnancy, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Social media, Telecommuting, Wage-Hour
Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in labor and employment law? Here are my picks for 2015. Feel free to add your own in the comments. NAUGHTY! The National Labor Relations Board, for being naughty in too many ways to mention. Its rules on employer handbook policies, including confidentiality and social media, are unrealistic… Continue Reading