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July 1, 2013
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If you are near or above the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act's 100-employee threshold, and you are considering closing a plant or laying off a large number of employees, check with employment counsel to determine whether the WARN Act will be triggered, and, if so, what specific notices you must provide and to whom.
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DOMA Ruling Puts Gay Couples on Equal Benefits Footing

June 26, 2013
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Now that the Defense of Marriage Act is defunct, employers will be able to provide equal benefits packages for all employees.
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Clarity on Affirmative Action Case Will Have to Wait

June 25, 2013
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The Supreme Court sent back Fisher v. University of Texas to the lower courts June 24, meaning it could be a while before this case carries any serious implications for affirmative action programs.
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Fox Searchlight Case Confirms That Unpaid Interns are a Dying Breed

June 17, 2013
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Last week two former interns sued Condé Nast for unpaid wages. I think it's fair to say that the sun in quickly setting on the use of unpaid internships in corporate America.
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Federal Court Says 'Black Swan' Interns Should Have Been Paid

June 14, 2013
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A federal court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who were unpaid interns for Fox Searchlight Inc. during the company's production of the film 'Black Swan,' deciding they should have been paid for their services.
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High Court Affirmative Action Case Could Have Workplace Implications

June 5, 2013
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The forthcoming ruling from the Supreme Court on Fisher v. University of Texas is unpredictable and carries the potential to negatively affect the legality of affirmative action.
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Patriots Cutting Diabetic Player Raises Serious ADA Issues

May 16, 2013
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It is an understatement to characterize this termination—undertaken without any apparent consideration of whether the team could accommodate the diabetes—as high risk. It would not surprise me in the least if, given the high profile nature of this employment decision, the EEOC takes up Kyle Love's cause to further its mission of disability-rights awareness.
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Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Do You Know the Difference?

May 15, 2013
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Employers owe contractors far fewer obligations than employees. Employers take a risk when they classify someone performing services for them as an independent contractor instead of an employee.
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