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|President Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity|
Heath H. Edwards; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Specifically, the Executive Order amends Executive Order 11246 to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the protected...
|Federal Judge Dismisses Claim against University; Failure to Appropriately Monitor Docket Not Excusable Neglect|
Anessa Abrams, B. Patrice Clair, Gary L. Lieber; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 17, 2014Executive Summary: A federal trial court in D.C. recently dismissed the Amended Complaint of a former professor at the University of the District of Columbia ("UDC" or "University") due to his failure to timely oppose a Motion to Dismiss, finding that the plaintiff's counsel's...
|New EEOC Guidance Expands Protection for Pregnant Employees|
Louis P. Britt, Katie Parham; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014Executive Summary: The EEOC has issued new guidance on the reach of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act ("PDA"), and, not surprisingly, taken a very expansive view of the protections to be afforded pregnant employees.
|Supreme Court Limits Agency Fees to Full-Fledged Public Employees|
Louis P. Britt, Thomas H. Keim; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014Executive Summary: In a decision that could have a significant financial impact on many labor unions, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that personal care providers, who are considered state employees only for limited collective bargaining purposes under Illinois law, cannot be required to pay agency...
|Supreme Court's Contraceptive Decision Not a One-Size-Fits-All Religious Exemption from the Affordable Care Act's Requirements|
R. Brian Spring, Scott V. Wagner, Katelyn D. Winslow; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 8, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014Executive Summary: In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that closely-held, for-profit corporations have standing under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). In addition, the Court held that while the government may have a compelling interest in providing...
|Department of Labor Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Executive Order 13658|
Bennet D. Alsher; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014Executive Summary: On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 raising the minimum wage for the employees of some federal contractors and subcontractors to $10.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. On June 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Notice of...
|NY Legislature Passes Significant Amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Act: Employers No Longer Required to Distribute Annual Pay Notices|
Vivien Fang Peaden, Eric Su, Michael D. Yim; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 8, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014Executive Summary: On June 19, 2014, the New York Legislature passed a bill to eliminate the requirement that New York employers must distribute annual wage notices to all employees. While employers may be relieved by this change, the bill also increases reporting liabilities and civil penalties...
|Supreme Court Invalidates Recess Appointments to NLRB|
Frederick L. Warren; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 4, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014Executive Summary: In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that President Obama's recess appointments of Members Block, Griffin, and Flynn to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on January 4, 2012, were unconstitutional. See NLRB v. Noel Canning (June 26, 2014). Although...
|California High Court Finds Class Action Waivers Enforceable; Waiver of PAGA Action is not Enforceable|
David L. Cheng; Ford & Harrison LLP;
June 27, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014Executive Summary: Acknowledging the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), to be a game-changer, the California Supreme Court has held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a state's refusal to enforce an arbitration agreement that includes...
|Supreme Court Rules that Public Employee's Testimony Is Protected by First Amendment|
Jacquelyn L. Thompson; Ford & Harrison LLP;
June 27, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a public employee's truthful sworn testimony, under subpoena, which was not part of his ordinary job duties, was entitled to First Amendment protection. See Lane v. Franks (June 19, 2014).