March 9, 2016

EEOC’s Proposed Guidance Broadens Scope of Unlawful Retaliation

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently published annual statistics about charges it files on behalf of employees. A whopping 44.5% of these charges concern retaliation claims. Since…

January 20, 2016

Winning:  Charlie Sheen’s Diagnosis Shines Spotlight on HIV and AIDS Discrimination

This past November, actor Charlie Sheen announced that he is HIV-positive. As a public figure, Sheen sees the need for a national conversation on the unfair treatment of people with…

November 9, 2015

North Carolina Courts Clarify Adequacy of Consideration for Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants are a valuable tool employers use to protect their proprietary interests. Non-compete covenants and non-solicit covenants are the most common forms of restrictive covenants used by employers. These…

September 18, 2015

4th Circuit Says Employers May Be Liable for Temp Agency Employees

“TEST DRIVES” MAY NOT LET COMPANIES OFF THE HOOK FOR JOINT EMPLOYER LIABILITY UNDER TITLE VII

It is common for employers to utilize temporary staffing agencies to meet their needs,…

July 10, 2015

New Proposed Labor Rule Would Impact Employers in Every Industry

The Department of Labor has announced new rule changes that expand overtime protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – changes that could impact nearly

June 26, 2015

WAIT. WHAT? NC Business Court Throws A Wrench Into Settlement Discussions

Contracts are just agreements, typically in writing. Contracts keep the business world humming along like a well-oiled machine. Unless one party seeks help, courts don’t butt in. But, what about…

May 7, 2015

Electronic Signatures–Same as Paper in North Carolina

Although electronic signatures have maintained an “equivalent to paper signature” status in North Carolina since 1998, their current use in commerce has remained surprisingly minimal. Perhaps that is about to…

April 30, 2015

What North Carolina Employers Need to Know about Young v. UPS

Pregnancy Complications: Supreme Court Clarifies What Is Appropriate In Accommodating Pregnant Workers

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in the case…

April 2, 2015

CFPB Issues Supervisory Highlights

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued its Supervisory Highlights for July-December, 2014. The Bureau’s Supervisory Highlights provide a summary of issues found by the Bureau during recent examinations…

February 23, 2015

Why Social Media Should Not Be Ignored

At the annual Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Convention this past October, our social media panel discussion was surprisingly well attended. Such interest was unexpected because there…