When a Case Comes Down to a Comma

Grammar nerds rejoice: a missing Oxford comma played a pivotal role in a recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision. But don’t break out the Scrabble board and virgin daquiris just yet. The Court’s decision is far from a ringing endorsement of serial commas. In O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy, drivers who delivered dairy products sued […]

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Can I Sue My Employees For Padding Their Timesheets?

Whether your employee conveniently “forgets” to clock out or systematically falsifies timesheets, wage fraud is tricky to address. Clearly, preparing a false timesheet with the intent to receive unearned wages is fraud. If the employer is a government entity or contractor, the employee can and will be prosecuted criminally for falsifying timesheets. Here are some […]

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Stop! Don’t start paying overtime based on the DOL’s new overtime rule.

A federal court has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation and enforcement the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. You can read the decision here: State of Nevada, et al. v. United States DOL, et al. As of December 1, 2016, the rule would have increased the minimum salary level for […]

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Can Trump trump Obama-era overtime regulation?

President-elect Trump campaigned on a promise to undo many of the regulations promulgated during the Obama administration, but can he actually claw back the changes to overtime protection that go into effect next month and stand to affect millions of Americans? In 2014, President Obama directed the DOL to update its regulations defining which workers […]

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination = Sex Stereotyping = Civil Rights Violation

According to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, “discrimination based on sexual orientation constitutes sex stereotyping prohibited by law.” See Order Denying Motion to Dismiss, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott Medical Health Center PC, Case No.  2:16-cv-00225 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 4, 2016). This comes on the heels of the Seventh […]

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