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To Jab or Not to Jab, That is the Question

by Laura Dyer Johnson We have entered the holiday season and are quickly approaching my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. There is so much that I am thankful for, but there is another annual season that is close on the heels of these holidays that I dread: Flu Season. Like many things, … Read More »

“So, how much do you make?”: The Trend Towards Sharing Wage Data

by Greg Northen At a time when the cost of basic commodities like eggs and milk continues to rise, many Americans complain that salary increases remain stagnant. In fact, according to research conducted by benefits consulting firm Towers Watson and human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt, the annual pay raise … Read More »

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by Laura Dyer Johnson As a wrap up to National Estate Planning Week, let’s recap some important facts and figures to keep in mind as you plan for the future: 57% of Americans over age 45 do not have a will or other estate plan in place; Only 1/3 of … Read More »

Duke It Out?

by Laura Dyer Johnson In California, Irving Duke prepared a handwritten will leaving his estate to his wife or, if he and his wife passed away at the same time, to a number of specified charities. Irving did not plan to outlive his wife though, so his will was silent … Read More »

Legal Battle Over LGBT Rights Continues to Evolve – Transgender Woman Sues Arkansas Employer for Wrongful Termination, Sex Discrimination

by Cindy Kolb *Editorial assistance by Parker Cope One of the fastest changing areas of the law – accelerated even more quickly by the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage ruling – is the continuing legal dialogue regarding the protection of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. … Read More »

OFCCP Announces Final Rule Protecting Discussion of Employee Compensation

by Abtin Mehdizadegan On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a division of the Department of Labor (DOL), issued a Final Rule protecting employees who “inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant” from adverse employment actions … Read More »

New Executive Order Establishes Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On Labor Day, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave, per year, to their employees, continuing the pro-labor trend of the administration’s recent actions. Under the Order, both full-time and part-time employees who … Read More »

Building Your “Death Panel?”

by Laura Dyer Johnson, Estate Planning and Elder Law I’ll be honest, I still haven’t read the 2,700 pages of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the more than 11.5 million words that go into the regulations to implement it (and I’m guessing I’m not alone in that). But, do … Read More »