Municipal Labor Counsel

Updates Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act Date Change

By: Abby S. Busler Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) began issuing guidance and posters regarding the upcoming Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which includes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA). Most importantly, the initial start date has changed, and the FFCRA...

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Department of Labor Proposes New Changes to Overtime Law

Department of Labor Proposes New Changes to Overtime Law

By: Laurie E. Meyer On Thursday, March 7th, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its long-awaited proposed rule to change the minimum salary threshold for overtime eligibility. According to the DOL, this proposed rule would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime. First, a little bit of history. Under...

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Makes Significant Ruling on Open Meetings Law

Wisconsin Supreme Court Makes Significant Ruling on Open Meetings Law

By James M. Kalny On June 29, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an opinion in State of Wisconsin ex rel. John Krueger v. Appleton Area School District Board of Education and Communication Arts 1 Materials Review Committee, No. 2015AP231 regarding what constitutes a governmental body for purposes of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. The Supreme...

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Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

By Laurie E. Meyer In a precedent setting decision, Hively v. Ivy Tech, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court having jurisdiction for Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois, ruled on April 4, 2017, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual...

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Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

Breaking News: Federal Judge Blocks DOL Overtime Rules

Late yesterday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Final Rule and its regulations regarding the new salary thresholds for the so-called “white collar” exemptions that were set to go into effect on December 1st. The injunction not only prevents the regulations related to the Final Rule...

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Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

Temporary Workers and the FMLA: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

By Laurie E. Meyer Temporary Workers and the FMLA As most employers know, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the...

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Federal District Court in Texas Issues Preliminary Injunction Halting Federal Government’s Enforcement of Transgender Discrimination Guidance

By D|K's School and Higher Education Law Team A new development has arisen in the current evolution of transgender discrimination law applicable to school districts and other entities receiving federal money throughout the country. The latest turn involves a Texas federal district judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction against the...

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Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal

OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Government Contractors

By Laurie Meyer On June 14, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a final rule (set forth in 41 C.F.R. Part 60-20), which for the first time since 1970, updated the sex discrimination guidelines applicable to federal government contractors and subcontractors as well as contractors and...

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EEOC Releases Final ADA Wellness Program Rules and Sample Notice

Workplace wellness programs have been a complex and controversial topic in recent years with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuits, proposed rules, and now final rules. On May 17, 2016, the EEOC issued a final rule (the “Rule”) to amend the regulations and guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act...

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