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Protecting Employee Health Information During Emergency Situations
September 21, 2017
Even in emergency situations, covered entities are expected to continue to implement safeguards to protect patient or employment information against impermissible disclosures.
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The Federal Reserve, Race, and Opioid Use
September 21, 2017
Created in 1913 with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the Fed’s monetary policies are focused on three areas: price stabilization, moderation of interest rates, and maximization of employment. The Fed has started to focus on employment issues and their effect on the economy.
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Wisconsin’s Right to Work Law Upheld
September 20, 2017
In a decision issued September 19, 2017, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld as constitutional Wisconsin’s so-called “Right to Work” law (Act 1), which outlawed mandatory union membership as a condition of employment.
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DOJ Argues Against Itself in Conflict over Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers
September 20, 2017
“To waive or not to waive” is a rather simplistic version of the question that the U.S. Supreme Court is currently being faced with in the following cases: Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis; Ernst & Young LLP et al v. Morris et al; and National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc. et al.
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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Six-Figure Jury Verdict in Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim
September 19, 2017
A recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit serves as a cautionary tale for employers quick to deny employees’ requests for accommodations after returning from maternity leave.
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Fictional Mailbag & Dog Talk ~ A Guide Dog For A Visually Impaired Driver?
September 18, 2017
Today, The Bullard Edge is bringing a hat trick of popular features.  We are combining Dog Talk, our (fictional) mailbag, and our favorite cases remembered.
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What, Did the Judge Draft Ezekiel Elliott for his Fantasy Football Team?
September 14, 2017
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, from the Eastern District of Texas has rewarded risky fantasy football owners all over who used a high draft pick on Ezekiel Elliott.
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DOL Salary Threshold Increase Appears Dead – For Now
September 12, 2017
Recent developments in the district court and the court of appeals appear to have driven a stake through the heart of the 2016 regulation.
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I-9 Form Revised Again: Effective September 18, 2017
September 11, 2017
In November, we alerted you that a new I-9 Form was being released, which was dated November 16, 2016, and became mandatory on January 22nd this year.  Come September 18, 2017, that form will no longer be valid.
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Do Employers Have to Provide Accommodations for Medical Marijuana Use?
September 7, 2017
The consensus amongst employers in the recent past has been that, because federal law categorizes marijuana as an illegal substance, employers could take adverse action against individuals who tested positive for marijuana (refusing to hire, disciplining or terminating).
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Employers Should Be Aware of Recent Changes at the Federal Level
September 7, 2017
Over the past month, there have been several changes and announcements made by President Trump’s Administration that employers need to be aware of and watch closely over the next six months.
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DACA Rescission: What you Need to Know
September 6, 2017
On September 4, the Attorney General sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informing DHS of his determination that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unconstitutional. On September 5, DHS published a memorandum terminating the DACA program.  This announcement has significant consequences for DACA recipients, educational institutions, and the employers of DACA recipients.
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