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“HR Horribles” — collect ’em all!

Posted in HR
Remember the Garbage Pail Kids from the ’80s? I have had an inspiration that will make my fortune! I’m going to create a set of collectible “HR Horribles”™ trading cards, representing the employees who make Human Resources professionals’ lives a living heck. Here is my first set: Randy Romeo. Romeo has never met a woman he didn’t like,… Continue Reading

Missouri Supreme Court reinstates St. Louis city wage

Posted in Wage-Hour
Yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court reinstated a St. Louis city law that will hike the city’s minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2018. Originally enacted in 2015, the law had been invalidated by a trial judge hours before it was to become effective. As originally passed, the city’s law provided for graduated increases to the minimum… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, eLaw, Wage-Hour
ATTENTION, employers in New York! In January, Anjie Cabrera and Stephen Stecker did a comprehensive report on a number of new laws that had recently taken effect or would soon be taking effect in New York State and New York City. Among those was a New York State regulation that was due to take effect March… Continue Reading

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 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

Fact Check: Does Labor nominee Puzder really want to put people out of work?

Posted in Elections, Politics
The Senate confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, will reportedly take place this Wednesday, January 12. (UPDATE (1/10/17): According to Politico, Mr. Puzder’s confirmation hearing will now take place on Tuesday, January 17.) Mr. Puzder’s nomination is vigorously opposed by employee advocates, unions, and Democrats. (He is still expected to… Continue Reading

Quick update on the FLSA overtime rule

Posted in Wage-Hour
Judge Amos Mazzant, who preliminarily enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor overtime exemption rule in November, has now refused to stay (postpone) further proceedings in the case. In-depth analyses of the impact of Judge Mazzant’s preliminary injunction decision are available here and here. Denial of the stay means that Judge Mazzant could issue a final decision any… Continue Reading

What should employers do about overtime now? Ask the wage-hour lawyers.

Posted in Wage-Hour
As most readers know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule, which was set to take effect yesterday, was preliminarily enjoined (temporarily blocked) on November 22 by U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III. The injunction in Nevada v. Perez applies nationwide, but the court’s decision is not final, and the DOL appealed yesterday. An article… Continue Reading

Court blocks DOL overtime rule: The fuller story

Posted in Wage-Hour
NOTE FROM ROBIN: As I posted last night, the U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule, which would have taken effect a week from tomorrow, has been preliminarily enjoined. I am re-posting here a client bulletin by Jim Coleman, co-chair of our Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation Practice Group, and me. This went out to our clients… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Overtime rule has been enjoined!

Posted in Wage-Hour
Judge Amos Mazzant has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule from taking effect as scheduled on December 1. I’m reading the decision now and will be back with details as soon as possible. Meanwhile, here’s a copy of the decision for you. We can read it together! Image… 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

DOL’s new online tool may result in more OFCCP complaints

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Labor Relations, Retaliation, Safety, Wage-Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor recently rolled out www.worker.gov, an online tool designed to help employees file various types of complaints against their employers. The White House announced that the website will assist individuals “if they have had wages stolen, been injured on the job, faced discrimination, or been retaliated against for joining together to… 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

Too many RULES, man!

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, GINA, Only in California, Wage-Hour
“Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the rules . . .”* Of course, the mega-topic this week was the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Rule on white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ellen Kearns, co-chair of our Wage and Hour Practice Group, wrote a great Client Bulletin… Continue Reading

SLAM DUNK: Student athletes’ wage suit against NCAA and universities is dismissed

Posted in Class actions, Wage-Hour
A federal judge in Indiana dismissed yesterday all that remained of a lawsuit filed by student athletes, alleging that they were “employees” and therefore entitled to the minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Don Prophete, Jim Goh, and Steve Moore of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, represented the NCAA and hundreds of… Continue Reading

It’s the 2015 workplace holiday party quiz!

Posted in Discrimination, Harassment, Independent Contractor, Off-Duty Conduct, Sexual Torts, Wage-Hour, Workers' Compensation
Chanukah starts at sundown this Sunday, and Christmas is only three short weeks away. Can you throw a workplace holiday party that won’t result in a lawsuit? It has been ages since we’ve had a quiz. Let’s do it! For more on this topic, please listen to the webinar on holiday parties that I did yesterday… Continue Reading

Because that’s where the money is?

Posted in Wage-Hour
To find out why there is so much wage-hour litigation, read my point-counterpoint interview with plaintiff’s attorney Fran Rudich, published in the November 25 edition of Bloomberg BNA’s FLSA Litigation Tracker. (Reproduced with permission from FLSA Litigation Tracker, 2015 FLLTR 6 (Nov. 25, 2015). Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>) Thanks… Continue Reading

Overtime exemption rule now coming in July 2016?

Posted in Wage-Hour
NOTE FROM ROBIN: Ellen Kearns is head of our Boston Office and co-chair of the firm’s Wage-Hour Practice Group. The new overtime white-collar exemption rule will be issued approximately July 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s fall 2015 regulatory agenda, which the Office of Management and Budget published just before Thanksgiving. I had earlier… Continue Reading

DOL’s Home Care Rule goes live.

Posted in Wage-Hour
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Labor began enforcement of its Home-Care Rule, which prohibits third-party employers from taking advantage of the overtime exemption for some domestic workers. The rule also narrows the definition of exempt “companionship services” under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ellen Kearns, co-chair of our firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group, and I (mostly… Continue Reading

EMPLOYMENT LAW BLOG CARNIVAL: April Fools’ Edition

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, eLaw, Employment Law Blog Carnival, ERISA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Lactation, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Same-sex marriage, Social media, Wage-Hour
(St. Patrick’s Day is sooooo nine hours ago!) Ever looking to the future, we celebrate the coming April Fools’ Day with this month’s greatest employment law blog posts. Some of my summaries are accurate, and others are “fools’ editions” – you’ll have to read the actual posts to know which is which. There are so many excellent posts… Continue Reading

15 for ’15: Employment and labor resolutions for the new year

Posted in Affirmative Action, Affordable Care Act, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Americans with Disabilities Act, Background Checks, Discrimination, Drug Testing, Equal Pay, ERISA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Harassment, Independent Contractor, Labor Relations, Lactation, Pregnancy, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety, Social media, Wage-Hour
By David Phippen of our Metro D.C. Office. While the year is still young, here are 15 New Year’s resolutions that employers may want to make: 1. Make sure your “independent contractors” are really independent contractors. “Independent contractors” are under scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, state… Continue Reading