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Anti-Alienation Not Applicable for Contested Claim

Monday, 15 July 2013 15:32


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Employers should always obtain a general release from employees who are to be terminated. The value of the release to the employer was clearly displayed in this recent case out of the Seventh Circuit where a release of “any and all” claims was enforceable against the former employee’s claim for ERISA pension benefits. Mary Leigh Pirtle, an associate who specializes in this particular area of the law, explains.

   

Movie Production Interns Pave the Way for Overhaul of Unpaid Internships

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:20


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The staple idea of an “unpaid intern” was dealt a blow recently when a federal judge ruled that an employer must pay its “unpaid interns” for all hours worked under the FLSA because the employer did not adhere to a new six-part test.  Although this decision arose within the entertainment industry, the decision is applicable to all industry fields. Robbie Crump writes about this landmark decision.

   

A Tip on Paying and Working Tipped Employees

Monday, 01 July 2013 10:01


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Tipped employees, on a federal level, need only be compensated at $2.13/hr cash wage rate by their employer.  If the tipped-employee makes additional money, up to minimum wage, in tips over the course of the work week, the employer is off the hook for additional wages that week.  However, employers seem to be ignorant of the narrow window of duties they can require a tipped-employee to perform, and still be eligible for this $2.13/hr deal.  Should the employer mandate an employee to spend more than 20% of their time performing “non-tipped” duties, hourly wages must be paid.   Gina Helou has the details on a recent case of dual – tipped/non-tipped- employees and their collective action lawsuit.

   

Workplace Assault Results in NLRA Violation

Monday, 01 July 2013 08:43


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The typical employer would probably equate the National Labor Relations Act with laws dealing with protecting union’s rights, pay and working conditions.  Protection against physical violence isn’t something that you would normally scan the Act for before you called the police, right?  Well, in typical NLRB fashion, the Board has once again expanded their jurisdiction to implications of simple criminal or civil misfeasance directed at unions.  Sean McLean explains.

   

Breastfeeding is Protected by Title VII

Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:38


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In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, covering Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, has determined an employer may violate Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination by terminating a female employee because she is lactating or expressing breast milk.  Patrick Ogilvy explains the broad impact this case may have on the rest of the nation.

   

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