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Articles by Marty Denis, James E. Hall and Mark T. Kobata

Legal Briefing: FMLA Updated for Same-Sex Marriage Laws

October 16, 2013
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The U.S. Labor Department recently updated its Family and Medical Leave Act policies following the U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA ruling.
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Legal Briefing: Employers Must Retain Electronic Records

September 16, 2013
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Employers should create a data-retention policy that describes generally how it will retain such data, and limit when such records can be deleted.
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Legal Briefing: Same-Sex Spouse Entitled to Survivor Benefits

September 16, 2013
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Employers might be required to recognize same-sex partners as spouses for purposes of providing benefits under the company’s benefit plans.
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Legal Briefing: Proof Needed to Demonstrate Unlawful Retaliation

August 21, 2013
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The Supreme Court has increased the causation threshold for Title VII cases, which provides greater protections for potential defendants of such actions and takes away a legal path from potential plaintiffs.
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Legal Briefing: Supreme Court Ruling Limits Harassment Claims

August 21, 2013
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Employers must have complaint procedures and an effective process to investigate and resolve harassment allegations.
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Legal Briefing: NLRB Posting Rule and Employer Speech Rights

July 30, 2013
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The NLRB’s rule compelling employers to post notices of worker rights oversteps the NLRB’s rule-making authority.
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Legal Briefing: Worker With Multiple Seizures Not Qualified for Job Under ADA

July 30, 2013
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Although an employer is required to engage in an interactive with an employee to determine if a reasonable accommodation exists, the employee must still be able to perform the essential functions of the job to retain the protections of the ADA.
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Religious Objections to Health Care Requirements

February 22, 2013
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Sakile Chenzira sued her employer, claiming she was discriminated against because of her religious beliefs in veganism. The U.S. district court ruled that veganism could be considered a “religious practice” and that Chenzira may have a plausible bias claim against the hospital.
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