Employment Law Blog

Judge Halts DOL Overtime Regulations

Nov. 22, 2016

Yes, you read the title correctly.  After 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a federal judge in Texas issued an order granting a preliminary injunction that will prevent the DOL overtime regulations from going into effect on 12/1/2016 as everyone has planned.  The preliminary…

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Gratitude and Uncertainty

Nov. 22, 2016

In August I was asked to speak to a group of UNC freshmen about life. Nothing brings home how far removed you are from your college days than when suddenly you are the expert... In any event, near the end of my talk, a young…

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Who Needs Halloween to be Frightened?: Politics and Sexual Harassment

Oct. 17, 2016

I come to you this beautiful October day with three scary topics you should likely avoid at any dinner party.  However, as an employment lawyer and breast cancer survivor, I'm going to tackle all of them:  Politics, sexual harassment and cancer.  I'll start with the last…

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EEOC Issues New Retaliation Guidance

Sep. 1, 2016

As the mother of an 11 year old and an 8 year old, I witness retaliation on a regular basis. Case in point:  This morning at my house. Let me set the stage. Our elderly orange longhaired cat woke both my husband and I up…

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Newly Non-Exempt Employees, Smartphone Addiction and Summer Vacation

Jun. 22, 2016

My smartphone is set to make a noise every time I get a work-related email.  At any given time, day or night, Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Day, Independence Day or Thanksgiving, on family vacations, in the hospital, or at a dinner party, if a client emails…

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The DOL Final Salary Rule Changes Are Here: Make a Plan With These Ten Steps

May. 18, 2016

Of this much I am sure:  The known is always easier to handle than the unknown.  For almost a year, we've been discussing the dreaded day when the DOL released its final rule regarding changes to the salary test that must be met for an…

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Your Non-Disclosure Agreements May Not Be Enforceable Under New Ruling

Mar. 2, 2016

So I tried to come up with a great personal lead in to this blog post. But frankly, this decision has so many implications for my clients that I couldn't find the right story to lead into such an important change in the law. Protecting…

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The Missing Timeout and Supervisor Training

Feb. 18, 2016

Since I was a small child watching with my papaw, I have loved college basketball. After spending seven glorious years and obtaining two degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I LOVE Tar Heel basketball. As a result, for those of you…

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The X-Files, The EEO-1 and Equal Pay

Feb. 3, 2016

Every Sunday night at 9:00 for most of my high school and all of my college years, you could find me somewhere in front of a television watching the X-Files.  I don't believe I have ever planned my life around a television show before or…

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Another Countdown for Another New Year

Jan. 20, 2016

I was actually awake this year to watch the ball drop from Times Square and ring in 2016 as champagne corks popped across the east coast.  Although the pop of the cork was more traumatic this year than in year's past.  About a week before New…

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