In March of 2014, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing the secretary of labor to “update” and “modernize” the regulations under which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) manages the Fair Labor Standards Act. Particularly, the president called for updating the executive, administrative and professional exemptions (known to us as the “white collar” exemptions), because, according […]
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion on the constitutionality of state laws banning or limiting the recognition of same-sex marriages. As we predicted here, the Court has, once and for all, resolved the split among appellate courts regarding the power of states to define, on their own, what “marriage” is.
The National Labor Relations Board last week issued its new rule for union organization elections. The new rule makes several changes, most significantly shortening the time frame for conducting a union election, requiring the employer to provide employee email addresses and phone numbers to unions within two business days…
Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board changed the rules on employee use of the employer’s email systems for labor organizing. The Labor Board’s new rule is that employee use of email for union-related communications on nonworking time must “presumptively” be permitted by employers who allow employees access to the employer’s email systems.
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What the legalization of same‑sex marriage means for Oklahoma employers
On Monday, Oklahoma became one of five additional U.S. states required to allow same-sex couples to marry after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that overturned state bans on same-sex marriage. The other four states immediately affected by the decision were Indiana, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Six other states with similar […]
Since 1974 – just 10 years after Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed – Congress has made repeated attempts to introduce and pass legislation that would have amended the landmark Act to prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation. The latest bill to make its […]
On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules with amendments to the notice requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The proposed amendments are intended to align the COBRA notice requirements with the Affordable Care Act…