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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

  • 02
  • May
  • 2019

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“This is My Information and You Can’t Have It” – Breaking Down Information Walls in the Workplace

I recently heard a story about a company that created a new division as a result of a technology advancement and ran into a problem –– a “wall,” if you will. The problem was that, in its nascent state, the technology that was going to be used by this new division had been previously “owned” by the IT department. 

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  • 30
  • April
  • 2019

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Professionals and Managers as Shift Workers

What if companies and firms made flexible work mandatory for all?  What if everyone was given a “shift” to work and knew that otherwise, they were not to respond to the constant emails or calls, but rather could rely upon their “shift relief” to answer?  Would the result be a more fair workplace for all with equality in opportunity and compensation?

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  • 25
  • April
  • 2019

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The Supreme Court All But Ends Classwide Arbitration, Delivering A Win For Employers

When most employers think about arbitration with their employees, they think about arbitrating the claims of one employee at a time. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week in Lamp Plus, Inc., et al. v. Varela, deciding that parties cannot be compelled to arbitrate class actions unless the arbitration agreement explicitly calls for class arbitration (something that virtually no arbitration agreement does).

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  • 23
  • April
  • 2019

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The Supreme Court “Finally” Grants Review of LGBTQ Title VII Cases

As a gay man and an employment law specialist, I have long been interested in the issue of whether Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination also protects employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Since as far back as 2004, at least one federal circuit court (the Sixth Circuit) has held that transgender employees are clearly protected.

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U.S. Labor Department Seeks to Expedite Discretionary Suspensions and Debarments of Federal Contractors that Commit Labor Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new pilot program to speed up discretionary suspensions and debarments of individuals and contractors “from months to days.” The pilot program’s goal is to reduce the processing time for discretionary suspensions and debarments through the sharing of information based on indictments or convictions.

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  • 26
  • March
  • 2019

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The Consequences of Elections: Are Texas Courts Becoming More Employee Friendly?

Texas is still a long way from becoming California when it comes to employment law, and no one expects the Republican dominated Texas legislature to follow the recent trend of other state legislatures (e.g., New York, Washington, Maryland) in restricting employers from arbitrating claims of sexual harassment. The employment laws that are likely to be passed by the current Texas legislature are laws undermining the rights of Texas municipalities (e.g., Austin) to require sick leave pay.

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  • 19
  • March
  • 2019

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New Overtime Rule: It Could Have Been Worse!

Ordinarily, you might expect that the business community would get pretty upset by a proposed rule increasing the minimum salary required for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,600 to $35,308. After all, there are quite a few front line supervisors in fast food restaurants and smaller businesses who earn annual salaries in the low thirty thousands, especially in communities with lower costs of living. The proposed regulation will require employers to start paying these employees overtime or raise their salaries to the minimum threshold.

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Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner

Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

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