Yearly Archives: 2013

The 2013 Observer is Here

Each year, my firm’s labor department issues a client report analyzing all of the important legal developments which impact employers, as well as taking  a look ahead to upcoming issues.  The 2013 version of that report is now available and

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Obamacare Versus Volunteer Fire Departments

Among all of the myriad problems with the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) is a little publicized issue which could devastate volunteer fire departments across the country.   Since the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is a “tax” and the IRS

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Fifth Circuit Rules Class Action Waivers Are Lawful

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appeals court with jurisdiction over Texas) struck a blow to the National Labor Relations Board’s attempt to outlaw mandatory class action waivers for employees.  On December 3, 2013 the Court over-ruled the

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Posted in Labor & Employment, Uncategorized, Wage and Hour

Driving To Perfection

It is not every day that you have a client who writes a book.  I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered over the Thanksgiving holiday that Brian Fielkow, owner of Jetco Delivery in Houston, has written a book on leadership

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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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Warning – Holiday Parties Approaching!

Although Human Resources is not always the party planning department, perhaps it should be.  Holiday parties are a fertile ground for workplace lawsuits, and prudent companies should make sure that they take steps to minimize potential liability air jordan xxx

Posted in Labor & Employment

Supreme Court Hears First Sarbanes-Oxley Case

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in its first Sarbanes-Oxley case (Lawson v. FMR LLC, et al., No.  12-3).  The question before the Court is whether the law’s whistleblower protections extend to employees of contractors hired by public companies. 

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Senate Passes ENDA

On November 7, the Senate passed the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would amend Title VII to add discrimination protections to homosexual and transgendered employees.   Ten Republicans voted for the legislation, but the primary argument against the bill is

Posted in Discrimination, Federal Government, Labor & Employment

Don’t Mess With Texas

On November 4, 2013, the state of Texas sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its recently promulgated “enforcement guidance” related to background check policies and the hiring of felons.  The lawsuit, found here, states that “The state of Texas

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