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Obama Budgets Mean More Vigorous Employment Law Enforcement

The Obama Administration has requested increased funding for virtually every federal labor and employment regulatory agency. For the DOL, the Administration is requesting $104.5 billion, reflecting an increase over all prior years’ original budget requests. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has stated that she intends to use this money to provide significant additional resources […]

Florida Employers – Your House Representative Wants to Mandate One Week of Paid Leave to Employees

Paid Vacation Act of 2009:  On May 21, 2009, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) introduced a bill that would amend the FLSA to require that employers with at least 100 workers provide a minimum of one week of paid vacation each year.  The Paid Vacation Act of 2009 (H.R. 2564) is intended to dramatically improve productivity at […]

Pending Family Leave Related Legislation

 Generally, employers know there are changes coming.  It is clear the new administration will be very involved in the workplace.  Equally clear, employers need to get in compliance because the focus of the new administration is focusing from educating employers to enforcement.  Below are several House bills to watch: Family Fairness Act:  On January 9, […]

Sotomayer to Replace Souter on Supreme Court

At 10:15 a.m. today, May 26, 2009, President Obama will announce his nomination of Sonia Sotomayer to the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Sotomayer would be the second female on the current makeup of the Supreme Court, as well as the first hispanic.  Judge Sotomayer is set to relieve Justice Souter, who will be retiring this year.  […]

Biden Makes Some Absolutely Fascinating Pro-Union Remarks

If anyone has any doubt about how balanced our government leaders are when considering business interests, please feel free to review this recent speech by our esteemed Vice President to the AFL-CIO.  There is little doubt that business interests will have some major challenges with this administration.

Reporter’s Sheild Law Does Not Apply To Blog Responders

Here is a fascinating case in which a newspaper sought to invoke a shield law that protects reporters from having to reveal their sources.  The purpose of the press shield is to allow reporters to obtain information they wouldn’t be able to obtain without a promise of confidentiality.  A state court judge held that the […]

Survey Finds Gap Between Management and Employees on Social Media

  Employers should strongly consider adopting policies to address the implications of social media use by employees.  In its recent survey of more than two-thousand (2000) respondents, Deloitte LLP found that sixty percent (60%) of executives say they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and their organizations in online social networks, but […]