Brandon Long Cody Griffin While cyber attacks on financial institutions, email accounts and retailers are nothing new, the reality is that no industry is immune from cyber threats. In fact, a group appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Labor recently raised concerns that employee benefit plans may be particularly vulnerable to cyber threats related…Read More
The times they are a-changin’.
The transition of power from one administration to another means changes in leadership at the nation’s top federal employment agencies, changes in budgets and direction, and changes in enforcement priorities. While businesses are encouraged at the prospect of a decidedly pro-employer agenda, it remains to be seen how the overall landscape of the American workplace will change … as well as how quickly.
The JurisIQ Learning Center, an online training service provided by the law firm of McAfee & Taft, has announced its latest product expansion with the addition of Spanish-language versions of its employee-level courses. The expansion also includes companion Spanish-language quizzes with those training videos for employers who wish to test and track the comprehension skills…Read More
Courtney Bru Charles S. Plumb Paul A. Ross On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new regulations, which go into effect December 1, will extend overtime eligibility to millions of salaried American workers who are currently classified as exempt employees. For many…Read More
Federal law requires a governmental employee to file a constructive discharge claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 45 days of the “matter alleged to be discriminatory.” The vagueness of that phrase has called into question when the clock actually starts. Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear in a 7-1…Read More
The JurisIQ Learning Center, an online training service provided by the law firm of McAfee & Taft, was recently named a winner of a national “Your Honor Award” presented by the Legal Marketing Association. The honor was announced during the association’s annual conference on April 13 in Austin, Texas. Nearly 1,400 legal marketing professionals attended…Read More
More than 1,100 executives, human resource professionals and benefits managers registered for EmployerLINC16, McAfee & Taft’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminar held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on March 30 and at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa on April 5. This year’s theme, “Employers Under Pressure,” focused…Read More
The dawn of the Affordable Care Act age has sparked renewed interest in wellness programs by employers as a means to improve employee health and reduce health plan claims and costs. In fact, some wellness programs may actually help employers reduce their liability under the ACA’s forthcoming (but recently delayed) Cadillac Tax. While the solution…Read More
The heat is on, and employers are feeling the pressure like never before. A changing workforce, uncertain economy, ever-changing (and sometimes conflicting) laws with no clear guidance, hidden surprises in the law, ramped-up enforcement initiatives by state and federal authorities, and the increased potential for litigation only add to the pressures of everyday life in…Read More
While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not specifically prohibit employment discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, there is a growing trend, particularly at the federal level but also in some states, to expand civil rights protections to gay and transgender workers. The U.S. Supreme Court…Read More