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Following in Austin’s footsteps, the cities of Dallas and San Antonio have implemented paid sick leave ordinances. During its regular session, the Texas Legislature failed to pass a law preempting the type of paid sick leave ordinances set to go into effect.  The city of Austin, Texas enacted its paid sick leave ordinance as of October 1, […]

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Breaking News! On June 3, 2019, in a 9-0 opinion written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court of the United States court rejected a claim from Fort Bend County, Texas making it easier for employees to bring claims against employers after they have been routed through the EEOC.   The case is Fort Bend […]

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This post is a little technical, so apologies in advance. In Texas Department of Transportation v. Lara (a decision delivered on May 9, 2019) Albert Lara, Jr., sued the Texas Department of Transportation for terminating his employment after he took extended leave to recover from surgery. After twenty years of employment with the Department, Lara […]

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With the recent news out of Alabama of the “Alabama Human Life Protection Act,” it is timely to look at how abortions may relate to the workplace. You may have heard about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) before, but did you know that it extends to much more than “pregnancy”? In fact, the PDA prohibits adverse […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors, The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a proposed rule to clarify and update the regulations governing regular rate requirements for the first time in more than 50 years. Read on…

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Hey Compliance Warriors! Wisconsin employers may be surprised by the number of the employment-related items in their new budget proposal.  Medical MJ is only one of the proposed changes to WI law. Read on… By Michael Gotzler on March 11, 2019 Wisconsin employers reviewing Governor Tony Evers’ very first budget proposal may be surprised by the number of […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors! Check out these FAQs by a prominent employment law attorney. She is answering 10 common questions about the new overtime proposed rule. Read on… What if an exempt employee should be reclassified as non-exempt? How do I reduce the risks of doing so? You can reduce your risk by reclassifying in connection […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors! Here is a court case about a pharmacist who was afraid of needles and refused to give flus shots. Was he fired? Read on… By Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella on March 13, 2019 According to Pharmajet Blog, a surprising number of pharmacists suffer from trypanophobia – the fear of giving injections, which most in their profession have to do […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors! The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently published three documents providing guidance on the payment of subminimum wages under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The first two are related to the impact of Rehabilitation Act section 511 and third provides general guidance on the […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors! A recent change to Field Operations Handbook (FOH) 30d00(f) contains the Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) interpretation concerning whether tipped employees are working “dual jobs.”  Read on… TIPPED EMPLOYEES: Specifically, Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) No. 2019-2 explains that, consistent with WHD Opinion Letter FLSA2018-27 (Nov. 8, 2018), WHD will no longer prohibit an employer from taking a […]

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