The U.S. Supreme Court announced another eagerly anticipated decision last Friday, ruling that gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution to marry. The Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges follows decades of advocacy by groups favoring and opposing same-sex marriage, as well as ramped up legislative activity and court battles over the legality of same-sex marriage in recent years.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court announced its much awaited decision today in the case of King v. Burwell. In its ruling, the Court upheld a key provision in the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that provides government subsidies for health care insurance for all Americans who qualify, regardless of whether the coverage is obtained through a federal or state run health care exchange. The Court’s decision affirmed an earlier decision in the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and endorsed the view of the Obama administration that subsidies should be available for all lower and moderate income individuals regardless of where they reside.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
As distribution of medical marijuana is set to begin in Minnesota on July 1, 2015, a new ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court further clouds the air for employers attempting to handle the employment ramifications of marijuana use in the twenty-four jurisdictions now permitting marijuana use.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Government contractors continue to be the target of increased regulation. As part of implementing President Barack Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), the U.S. Department of Labor has issued proposed guidance and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has issued proposed regulations. The President’s Executive Order, issued last summer, requires federal contractors to disclose adverse judgments in lawsuits, administrative/agency proceedings, and arbitration to the contracting agency under fourteen federal employment and labor-related statutes and executive orders. The Order has been referred to as a “blacklisting” executive order designed to bar companies with serious or repeated employment and labor law violations from receiving federal contracts. You can check out our previous post on the Order if you are interested in more background information. In addition, the Order contained paycheck transparency requirements and arbitration agreement restrictions.
Posted by Julie Giddings at Thursday, June 04, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The US Department of Labor has finally issued new versions of its sample Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notice, provider certification, and military certification forms. The “old” DOL forms expired some time ago, leaving employers to wonder when they would receive the DOL’s new “blessed” versions of the forms. Well, they are finally here!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This month, the EEOC began to roll out ACT Digital, the agency’s first step to a digital charge system. ACT Digital will enable electronic transmission of documents filed between the parties to a charge and the EEOC. Implementation began on May 6 with EEOC offices in the Charlotte and San Francisco areas. EEOC offices in Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Phoenix will also begin implementation by the end of May. The remaining EEOC offices will roll out implementation in stages, with the EEOC expecting ACT Digital to be available in all offices by Oct. 1, 2015.