May 21, 2018

Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements

On May 21, 2018, in three cases in which employees sought to pursue collective claims against Epic Systems Corp., Ernst & Young, LLP, and Murphy Oil USA, Inc. for alleged…

March 1, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Whistleblower Protections Under Dodd-Frank

On February 21, 2018, in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that employees who raise internal complaints about possible violation…

February 27, 2018

EEOC Releases Updated Strategic Plan

A New Plan or More of the Same?

On February 12, 2018, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 through 2022.…

December 20, 2017

NLRB’s New General Counsel Signals Major Policy Changes Are on The Way

In November 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Peter Robb as the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). On December 1, 2017, Mr. Robb issued Memorandum…

November 3, 2017

Halloween Ushers in Potential Resurrection of Proposed Overtime Rule

You thought it was dead – but the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on October 30 that it plans to appeal a Texas district court’s August ruling which…

November 3, 2017

The Leaves are Falling: Differing Interpretations of Leave as ADA Accommodation

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has consistently maintained that leaves of absence should be considered as a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act…

September 1, 2017

Employers Beware!  North Carolina Business Court Establishes New Standard for Consideration for Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants are valuable tools employers can use to protect their proprietary interests. Covenants not to compete and covenants not to solicit an employer’s clients…

September 1, 2017

North Carolina Doubles Down on Enforcing Employee Misclassification

On August 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Employee Fair Classification Act. While the Act does not change the definition of what constitutes an “employee” under existing North…

June 30, 2017

EEOC Shakeup: New Chair Nominated To Run Agency

Out with the old, in with the new: Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic was passed over by the Trump administration to lead the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Fortune 500 executive…

June 30, 2017

Different but Equivalent: Fourth Circuit Clarifies Parameters of Leave Under Family and Medical Leave Act

On May 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued an opinion that reveals the parameters within which…

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