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When the Law is Unclear, What Employers Should do

Recently, the US Department of Justice filed a brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that federal law does not provide anti-discrimination protections for individuals on the basis of gender identity. The DOJ’s position contradicts the position that the …
ties under the Trump administration. Several Obama https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/when-law-unclear-what-employers-should-do/

The Purple Standard

In early August, the National Labor Relations Board announced that it was considering whether to deviate from the precedent of 2014’s Purple Communications, Inc. decision. To that end, the Board invited interested parties to submit amicus briefs on wheth…
beit both Republicans nominated by President Obama https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/purple-standard/

Complying with the National Labor Relations Act

For employers, the most challenging aspect of complying with the National Labor Relations Act is the likelihood that National Labor Relations Board policy can change drastically over short periods of time. Over the last decade, the Obama-era NLRB greatly …
the Obama https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/complying-national-labor-relations-act/

The Art of “Rulemaking” in US Law

It may sounds crazy, but most Americans don’t know where the law comes from. Most people mistakenly assume that all laws are created through legislation. However, American law can be created in numerous different ways.
primarily of members appointed by President Obama https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/art-rulemaking-us-law/

New Law Eases Healthcare Burden on Small Businesses

Last week, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Act’). The bill has been signed by President Obama, and will become effective on January 1, 2017.
.  The bill has been signed by President Obama Obamacare eliminated the option of using a health …ace of rising costs.  The Act eliminates the Obamacare restrictions https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/new-law-eases-healthcare-burden-small-businesses/

Federal Judge Stops Overtime Exemption Rule (for now)

Yesterday, in the matter of State of Nevada, et. al. v. United States Department of Labor, et al., a federal judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction stopping the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from implementing new regulations related to overtime exem…
ure was originally one advanced by President Obama https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/federal-judge-stops-overtime-exemption-rule-now/

Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

Today, the Department of Labor published a final rule regarding paid sick leave for federal contractors.
ck Leave for Federal Contractors.  President Obama signed the order earlier this month https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/paid-sick-leave-employees-federal-contractors/

DOL Announces Proposed Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

This week, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a proposed rule implementing Executive Order (“EO”) 13706, which was signed by President Obama last September and requires certain federal contractors to offer paid sick leave to covered employees. The…
which was signed by President Obama last September and requires certain federal https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-announces-proposed-rule-paid-sick-leave-federal-contractors/

Executive Order Establishes Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

This month, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, which applies to federal contractors and subcontractors, requiring paid sick leave for employees who perform work under a federal contract. Although similar to Massachusetts law in some respec…
President Barack Obama issued an executive order https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/executive-order-establishes-paid-sick-leave-federal-contractors/

Measure of Interest: New Parental-leave Law Will Soon Impact Bay State Employers

The subject of parental leave has received a lot of attention in the media following President Obama’s recent focus on family issues in this year’s State of the Union speech. Indeed, the president has since directed federal agencies to grant their employe…
f attention in the media following President Obama https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/measure-interest-new-parental-leave-law-will-soon-impact-bay-state-employers/

President Obama Signs Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

Last week, President Obama signed the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order,” which requires prospective federal contractors seeking contracts over $500,000 to disclose any labor and employment law violations within the past three years including …
President Obama signed the https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/president-obama-signs-fair-pay-and-safe-workplaces-executive-order/

President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a jobs promotion bill aimed at preparing and training workers with the twenty-first century skills necessary for employment. A major goal of the Act is to prioritize c…
When President Obama signed the act into law… President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportun https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/president-obama-signs-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act/

The Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Responsibilities for Employers

For the past few years it seems you could not go a single day without hearing about Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (as it is formally known). Although the conversations have died down a bit, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still bringing changes. O…
ld not go a single day without hearing about Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/affordable-care-act-upcoming-responsibilities-employers/

Federal Contractors and Employees to be LGBT Discrimination Free

Among the flood of executive orders coming from the White House recently, is one protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender federal contractors and employees. Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order that protects federal contractors …
President Obama signed an executive order that protects fede https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/federal-contractors-and-employees-be-lgbt-discrimination-free/

Executive Order on Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

Massachusetts currently protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, but most states currently do not. However, President Barak Obama may soon change that. It is expected that our President will soon sign an executive order ba…
President Barak Obama may soon change that. It is expected that ou https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/executive-order-sexual-orientation-discrimination-workplace/

Back to Square One at the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is left wondering what is going to happen after the Supreme Court invalidated three appointments by President Obama. On January 4, 2012, President Obama made three NLRB member recess appointments. The United St…
invalidated three appointments by President Obama. On January 4… President Obama made three NLRB member recess appointments. … President Obama decided to appoint new members to fill the e https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/back-square-one-nlrb/

When Your Workers Go Into Extra Innings: New Overtime Regulations May Be Coming

President Obama has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the current overtime regulations to expand the number of workers who are eligible for overtime pay. While the actual details have not been released and may not be for some time, it is likel…
President Obama has asked the Department of Labor https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/when-your-workers-go-extra-innings-new-overtime-regulations-may-be-coming/

Employer Responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has seen many delays and false-starts but it appears the final regulations have finally been decided, at least for the Employer Shared Responsibility portion. This past Monday the U.S. Treasury Department issued a Fact Sheet …
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/employer-responsibilities-under-affordable-care-acts-employer-shared-responsibility/

Delay of Game: What the Changes in Obamacare Implementation Mean to Employers

Not surprisingly, given the number of transitional and safe harbors included in the interpretive regulations related to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ‘Obamacare,’ the most recent change is that involving the implementation of the ‘play-or-pay’ provision…
Obamacare https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/delay-game-what-changes-obamacare-implementation-mean-employers/

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