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The Secularization of the Holidays

Employers are under increased pressure to secularize religious holidays like Christmas.  No one wants to be the Grinch, but at the same time, many companies are concerned that they will being perceived as favoring Christian holidays over Muslim or Jewish

Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment

Can State Medical Marijuana Laws Trump Employer Rights?

Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws which allow a lawful level of marijuana use. One question which comes up often in such states is whether an employer can lawfully terminate an employee who fails

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Halloween Parties Could Mean HR Issues

I was recently interviewed for an article in Inside Counsel Magazine on the HR issues associated with office Halloween parties. The article is a fun read and can be found here. About The Author

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President Obama Keeps Adding New Labor Regulations for Federal Contractors

It has been a busy year for executive orders, especially if you are a federal contractor.   Although the President cannot unilaterally implement new employment laws affecting private employers, there has been no shortage of new labor requirements for those doing

Posted in Discrimination, Federal Government, Labor & Employment, Uncategorized, Wage and Hour

Can Employees be Disciplined for Using the Bathroom?

Employees at a Chicago plant are picketing over a new employer policy to time unscheduled bathroom breaks and discipline employees who exceed what the company deems as a reasonable amount of time.   The company even went so far as to

Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

New FAQ on Houston’s Anti-Discrimination Ordinance (HERO)

The City of Houston recently joined a number of cities that have passed their own anti-discrimination ordinances in an attempt to add coverage for sexual orientation and trans-gender discrimination, which are not explicitly covered under Texas or federal law. The attached FAQ

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Houston Mayor Proposes City Ordinance on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Houston is one of the few major cities in the country without a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  Neither federal nor Texas law includes such a protected category, however, other Texas cities such as Austin and

Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment, Uncategorized

President Obama Targets Equal Pay

On April 8, President Obama issued two executive orders which will impact employers who do business with the federal government. First, the President made it unlawful for contractors to retaliate against employees who discuss their pay. Second, the President ordered the

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Americans Working Longer = More Age Discrimination Cases

A recent article from the New York Post highlights the growing statistical evidence suggesting that Americans are working until they are older. As the article explains, “Eighty is the New Sixty.” With baby boomers living longer than any prior generation,

Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Employers Beware: Workplace Bullying Laws On Horizon

By Shaan A. Rizvi — Over the last few weeks, sports media have incessantly covered the bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, two current Miami Dolphins’ players, in which Incognito left threatening and abusive comments on Martin’s voicemail.

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