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HTMLMassachusetts Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 23, 2015
On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General published the final regulations concerning the new Earned Sick Time (“EST”) law that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. These final regulations differ somewhat from the draft regulations submitted in April and provide clarification...

 

HTMLWill Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?
Claud L. (Tex) McIver; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer.

 

HTMLDOL Proposes Momentous New Wage-Hour Regs
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 30, 2015
The anxiously awaited proposed changes in regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s Section 13(a)(1) executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions have been published by the U.S. Labor Department for public consideration and comment.

 

HTMLHousing Discrimination Claims Given Boost By Supreme Court
Alyssa Engelberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015
Today, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) encompasses claims of disparate-impact discrimination. This decision, which marks the first time that the Supreme Court addressed this issue, ensures a broad reading of the FHA and makes it easier for...

 

HTMLThe Supreme Court Preserves Key Insurance Subsidy Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act
Lorie Maring; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015
Today, in an anxiously awaited opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court preserved key provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), maintaining insurance subsidies despite a stiff challenge from opponents. By a 6 to 3 vote, the Court ruled that health insurance subsidies are available to...

 

HTMLSCOTUS Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide
Lori Armstrong Halber, Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015
As has become its custom, the Supreme Court left one of its most high-profile decisions for the end of its term, holding today by a 5-4 vote that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages. As a result, state bans against same-sex marriage are no longer permissible and all...

 

HTMLOregon's New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Overview
Laura P. Jordan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 26, 2015, previously published on June 22, 2015
On June 22, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, following California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The bill, signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, requires Oregon employers to provide up to 40 hours of sick leave to employees per year...

 

HTMLColorado Employers Handed Medical Marijuana Victory
Adam A. Brown; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 15, 2015
On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that employers are still free to prohibit employee marijuana use in their workforces, and can still discipline and terminate employees who test positive for the drug, despite state law permitting its recreational and...

 

HTMLJuly 1 Deadline Approaching On New VAWA Regulations
Scott D. Schneider; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 15, 2015
Regulations interpreting the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) become effective for higher education institutions on July 1, 2015. Generally speaking, these regulations contain new reporting, policy, and training requirements for colleges and universities. Here is a brief...

 

HTMLEmployment Law in Colombia: Part II
Amanda K. Caldwell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 19, 2015, previously published on June 8, 2015
This article is the second in a series which provides an overview of employment law in Colombia and will focus on laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace and remedies available to employees for violations of the law.

 


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