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U.S. Department of Labor Releases Overtime Pay Protections

Today the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a much-anticipated proposed rule change that would increase employer overtime obligations for an estimated 5 million employees. The proposed rule seeks to change the minimum salary threshold to $970 per week (the equivalent of $50,440 annually). Currently, to be exempt from the … Read More »

Yes, You, Too: Form I-9 Compliance for Small Businesses

Imagine this scenario: You own your own business and, for tax purposes, list yourself as an employee of your business. One day, you receive a Notice of Inspection from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After the inspection, you are informed that you have been … Read More »

U.S. Embassies and Consulates Abroad Unable to Process Visa Requests

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of State issued an alert stating: “The Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa systems. These issues have resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling some visa interviews.” The issue stems from a hardware failure … Read More »

OSHA Issues Guidelines Regarding Restroom Access for Transgender Employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which requires that all employers under its jurisdiction provide employees with sanitary and accessible toilet facilities, has issued guidelines regarding restroom access for transgender employees. OSHA advises that all employees should be permitted to use restroom facilities that correspond with the employee’s gender … Read More »

Pinterest Fails

by Laura Dyer Johnson Have you ever scrolled through photos of Pinterest Fails? I have to admit, I love seeing these and I promise it is not schadenfreude. I truly am laughing with these fails. You see, though I like to think I am a pretty good cook (for taste … Read More »

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employees in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores: Religious Accommodation Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

by Abtin Mehdizadegan On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers from making employment decisions that are motivated by an applicant’s religious practice, even if the employer was not actually aware of the applicant’s need … Read More »

Supreme Court Rules in Abercrombie Religious Accommodation Case

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held that employment decisions cannot be motivated by an applicant’s religious practice, regardless of whether an employer had actual knowledge of an applicant’s need for an accommodation for the religious practice. In an opinion authored by Justice Scalia, a seven-justice majority held in EEOC v. … Read More »

“Save the Date:” The Importance of Timely I-9 Form Preparation

In an action brought by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) against Liberty Packaging, Inc. (Liberty), the U.S. Department of Justice recently held that providing the government with backdated I-9 Forms constituted a violation of the Immigration and Naturalization Services Act. The DOJ is actively … Read More »