The Legal Line®

New OT Rules, Title VII Clarifications and Bans on Non-Competes

June 13, 2024

Employers take note.  There have been several key legal developments during the past month or so.  Here are the highlights: Supreme Court Rules Job Transfer Need Not Show Substantial Harm to Support a Title VII Claim On April 17, 2023, in a case called Muldrow v. St. Louis, the United States Supreme Court held that … Read more

New CDC Guidance Eliminates 5-Day Quarantine Rules and Encourages Protocols Similar to Other Precautions for other Respiratory Illness

June 13, 2024

While many individuals already stopped following CDC’s isolation and quarantine rules, it was not until just recently that the agency officially relaxed their recommendations.  Now it’s official.  The CDC announced in its March 1, 2024 press release, that its new guidelines drop their prior guidance that had suggested that a person testing positive for COVID … Read more

DOL Publishes Final Independent Contractor Rule

February 15, 2024

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor published its final rule for independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Briefly, the rule establishes a 6-factor basis for what it calls an “economic reality test” to evaluate whether, under the FLSA, a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  The rule takes effect … Read more

EEOC Publishes New Guidance on Harassment

November 28, 2023

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced the publication of new proposed enforcement guidance regarding Title VII anti-harassment law.  Using a variety of real-life examples, the Guidance summarizes the agency’s views on the legal standard applied to harassment claims, including what types of conduct is covered, available defenses for employers, the elements of compliant … Read more

DOL Seeks Higher Salaries for Employees Exempt from Overtime

October 12, 2023

Late in August, the Department of Labor announced that it had proposed a new rule for the white collar overtime exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  In essence, the proposed rule seeks to substantially increase the salary requirements that allow employers to exempt a worker from the entitlement to premium overtime pay under … Read more

New Federal Law Clarifies Employer Obligations to Accommodate Pregnancies and Childbirth

October 12, 2023

A new Federal law, known as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “PWFA”), expands the employer’s duty to accommodate pregnancy-related conditions. The EEOC propounded new Proposed Regulations on August 7, 2023, to enforce this new law.  The public can submit comment on the Proposed Regulations by October 10, 2023. Generally, employers covered by the PWFA … Read more