On a Single Day, the Biden Administration Announces Two Significant Rules Impacting Employers

On April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released its final rule on the federal overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, titled “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional
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Navigating Political Speech in the Modern Workplace: A Guide for Private Employers

In an era where political lines are drawn boldly and voices are amplified through various platforms, the intersection between work and personal beliefs can be a minefield for private employers.  The workplace isn’t just a hub for productivity and collaboration; it can also becom
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EEOC Announces PWFA Special Delivery: Implementation of this Final Rule will Require More than Baby Steps

Nearly nine months after announcing its proposed rule under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) the EEOC has delivered its final rule – and it’s a whopper!  Weighing in at 480 pages, the final rule provides guidance on interpreting and applying the PWFA, the federal law that requ
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Do You Have an AI Policy?

Do You Have an AI Policy? AI is everywhere. If you haven’t at least dabbled with this transformative new technology, you’re behind the curve. And chances are your employees are already using it. So, what is your company’s policy regarding the use of AI? If you don’t have one, it’s tim
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Do Layoffs Really Work?

As employment lawyers, we often counsel clients considering layoffs.  The first question, which is often overlooked, is whether the layoff will accomplish its stated objectives.  The second is whether other alternatives might prove more effective in accomplishing those objectives. A r
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Unanimous Supreme Court Makes Retaliation Claims Easier

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act prohibits publicly traded companies from retaliating against employees who report actions they reasonably believe amount to criminal fraud or violations of securities laws. Trevor Murray sued UBS, claiming he was fired for reporting what he believed to be unethi
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California Employment Law Changes: What Employers Need to Know

As California employers know, the landscape of California employment law is ever evolving – often frustratingly so.  In 2024, California employers need to be aware of several significant changes in the law and take steps to ensure compliance.  Let’s dive into a few key developments: 1
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A New Approach to Labor Relations

When President Biden became the first sitting President to join strikers on the picket line, he did so with confidence that his presence there would not harm his chances for reelection. That is because unions are more popular today than they have been in more than 50 years. To some, i
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Greater Cooperation between the EEOC and DOL means More Charges for Employers

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Greater Cooperation between the EEOC and DOL means More Charges for Employers The EEOC and Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will allow greater cooperation between the agencies. Touted as a move that will allow “great
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Got Exempt Employees? Here’s What The Helix Decision Means For You

As has been widely publicized, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt, No. 21-984, that a former employee was entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), despite working as a manager and earning over $200,000 annually
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