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Keeping You Posted provides you with the latest updates in employment and labor law. As a supplement to Employment Law Comment, Keeping You Posted supplies you with a review of current federal and state cases, as well as legislative and regulatory changes, from your perspective as an employer.

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Transgender identity … crisis for the courts

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:28


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Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), an employer may be liable for discrimination where it treats an individual less favorably based on that person’s gender.  A growing issue before the courts is how to examine this discrimination when it comes to transgender individuals.  Gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder (GID), is a diagnosable medical condition that describes people who experience significant dysphoria with the  gender they were assigned at birth and/or the societal roles associated with that gender.  Individuals experiencing dysphoria are commonly referred to as transsexual or transgender.

   

The non-minority fall guy

Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:34


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Can a non-minority witness to racial discrimination seek legal protection against retaliation under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 - a federal law protecting the rights of citizens to “make and enforce contracts” to the same extent “as is enjoyed by white citizens?”  Yes, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

   

The limits of discussing the workplace on social media

Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:06


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Many recent employment law decisions have addressed issues concerning the use of social media in the workplace.  A majority of these decisions have been in favor of employees, where posts and pictures on social media websites were found to be protected concerted activities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  However, where the concerted activity of employees is egregious or renders an individual unfit for further service it will not be protected.  A recent decision by an NLRB judge has offered some guidance regarding the outer limits of what is and is not protected by the NLRA.

   

Employer defeats FLSA claim based on lack of knowledge

Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:55


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Typically, an unpaid wages case under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) ends with the employer paying out back wages to employees who insist they were not paid the appropriate minimum wage and any applicable overtime hours for time worked but not compensated.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, however, ruled in favor of the employer where an employee claimed he often began work before his shift time started, the employer knew he worked these additional hours, and the employer still failed to compensate him for this time in violation of the FLSA.

   

Arbitration Clauses in Employment Applications may be Unfair in Certain Circumstances

Monday, 03 February 2014 09:35


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When the U.S. Supreme Court announced a sweeping decision regarding the validity of arbitration agreements this year, it appeared the issue was dead. Most observers thought resistance to arbitration agreements was futile, and employees should just accept such agreements as part of the fabric of employment.

   

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