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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 …
artment of Justice filed a brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that federal law does not provide an https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/when-law-unclear-what-employers-should-do/

Supreme Court Decision on Employment Rights

The Supreme Court of the United States made a 5-4 ruling on Monday voting in favor of narrowing protections to employee rights.
The United States Supreme Court ruled on the case Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewi…employees working in the private sector. The Supreme Court voted 5 https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-decision-employment-rights/

Attorney-Client Privilege in the Context of an Organizational Client

On April 19, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. The resulting media coverage demonstrated a widespread misunderstanding of attorney-client privilege.
the Supreme Court recognized that the https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/attorney-client-privilege-context-organizational-client/

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules that Former Employee Can Proceed with Medicinal Marijuana Discrimination Lawsuit

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that an employee can proceed with her disability discrimination lawsuit against her former employer where the employee was terminated based upon her use of medicinal marijuana. The former …
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/massachusetts-supreme-judicial-court-rules-former-employee-can-proceed-medicinal-marijuana-discrimination-lawsuit1/

Landmark Decision Bans Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation

In a landmark decision, a federal court has ruled in Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This is the first time a federal court of appeals has f…
s decision increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court may address this issue in the near future.   https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/landmark-decision-bars-discrimination-based-sexual-orientation/

Connecticut Unemployment Law: Independent Contractors vs. Employees

It is common for employers to use independent contractors in the course of their business. When an employer ends an independent contractor relationship, the independent contractor will occasionally file an unemployment claim alleging that they were actua…
which is being provided. The Connecticut Supreme Court recently provided 10 additional factors to b https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/connecticut-unemployment-law-independent-contractors-vs-employees/

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Hostile Work Environment Case

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear the matter of Henry v. Board of Regents of the University of California. In the matter, Henry alleged that he was victim of severe raced-based harassment in the workplace.
The United States Supreme Court declined to hear the matter of Henry v. Boar https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-declines-hear-hostile-work-environment-case/

Supreme Court Declines to hear case of O’Bannon v. NCAA

This week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the 9th Circuit decision in the matter of O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”).
the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the 9th Circuit decision in… the Supreme Court https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-declines-hear-case-obannon-v-ncaa/

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case on Whether Obesity is Covered by the ADA

This week, the United States Supreme Court declined to review an 8th Circuit decision which centered on the issue of whether obesity is covered by the Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”).
the United States Supreme Court declined to review an 8th Circuit decision w https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-declines-hear-case-whether-obesity-covered-ada/

A Transition in the Law: Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace

On May 1, 1989, the United States Supreme Court held that discriminating against individuals based on perceived non-conformity with gender stereotypes is a form of sex (gender) discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
the United States Supreme Court held that discriminating against individuals https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/transition-law-transgender-discrimination-workplace/

Employee Privacy Rights During Administrative Investigations

Administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”) and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) often require detailed information about both current and former employees during their investigations …
the Supreme Court has held that the strict limitations imposed https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/employee-privacy-rights-during-administrative-investigations/

Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision May Prove Problematic For Anti-Discrimination Efforts

In 1982, Wisconsin became the first state to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation both in the public and private sphere. Massachusetts was the next state to do so in 1989 and subsequently took the lead in the nation on the issue…
arriage by legalizing it in 2004.  After the Supreme Court the Supreme Court https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/supreme-courts-same-sex-marriage-decision-may-prove-problematic-anti-discrimination-efforts/

DOL Extends FMLA Rights to All Same-Sex Spouses

As of March 27, 2015, all same-sex spouses will be afforded the same rights available to opposite-sex spouses under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under current Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, same-sex spouses are afforded the same right…
rule comes in response to the United States Supreme Court https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/dol-extends-fmla-rights-all-same-sex-spouses/

Supreme Court Says No Compensation for Time Spent During Security Screenings

Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk represents a significant victory for employers that use security screening measures to protect against theft. On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that time spent by warehouse workers und…
the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that time spent by warehous… but that decision was overturned by the Supreme Court.  In doing so… the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the Portal https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-says-no-compensation-time-spent-during-security-screenings/

Supreme Court to Decide Whether EEOC Mandatory Conciliations are Enforceable by Lower Courts

In its 2014-2015 term, the Supreme Court will decide whether courts have the authority to review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) conciliation efforts prior to bringing suit. This decision will bring much needed guidance to courts abou…
the Supreme Court will decide whether courts have the authorit https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-decide-whether-eeoc-mandatory-conciliations-are-enforceable-lower-courts/

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

This week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance on pregnancy discrimination, which is the EEOC’s first update on its position regarding this issue since 1983. This guidance has sparked criticism due to some of its controver…
y issue is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to the release of the EEOC guidanc… the Supreme Court agreed to review Young v. United Parcel Serv https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-issues-new-guidance-pregnancy-discrimination/

A Hit to Unions, Right in the Purse

Unions took a hit today when the Supreme Court of the United States stated that in-home health care workers cannot be forced to pay dues to a union they do not wish to join. In Harris v. Quinn, a challenge was brought against the Illinois state requiremen…
Unions took a hit today when the Supreme Court of the United States stated that in…the union distasteful. This case gave the Supreme Court the opportunity to proclaim similar requirem https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/hit-unions-right-purse/

Supreme Court Outlines Affordable Care Act Exemptions for Religious Beliefs of Closely Held Businesses

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, et al. that certain for-profit closely-held businesses are not required to provide health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the companies’ owners rel…
the United States Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores…religious beliefs. This case came before the Supreme Court as a challenge to the Affordable Care Act https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-outlines-affordable-care-act-exemptions-religious-beliefs-closely-held-businesses/

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