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September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675283
One of the many issues still to be decided for whistle-blowing claims under Sarbanes Oxley is how far does the law extend, if at all, for conduct outside the United States.
A ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675288
But if you are at all interested in what may be coming out of new NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin's office, and if you are an employer you should be, then you should at least know of Jennifer Abruzzo and Rachel Lennie, the new deputy general counsel and assistant general ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675286
Not to ruin the Christmas season, but when you get through the holidays and start focusing again on looming legal issues, you might want to read this article, Lawsuit Raises FCRA Fears, by Kristen Fratsch in Human Resource Executive On Line.

The basis for the lawsuit is ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675287
It will be interesting to see what the response is to today's announcement by the Department of Labor that complaints under any of the 22 federal whistleblowing statutes that OSHA enforces may now be filed on line.

Here's the gist of the DOL press release:


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675285
Fifty years ago, on another February Saturday, after what had been a grueling fight to pass a strengthened Civil Right bill out of the House, Representative Howard Smith (D-VA) who had lost his battle to bottle the bill in the Rules Committee that he chaired, offered an amendment on the ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675284
The statute that among many other things marked the beginning of employment law as a discipline, passed a major hurdle 50 years ago today when it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 290 to 130.

According to a study of the Civil Rights Act's legislative history, ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675267
One of the venerable sources of information for labor and employment lawyer's has been BNA's Daily Labor Report. I can't remember when I first started reading it regularly, but it has been a long time. Now it comes neatly to my in box, but back in the old days the ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675266

I can’t honestly say what I anticipated 40 years ago today when I came to Austin to be sworn in as a member of the Texas state bar. But it is unlikely that I could have anticipated all the twists and turns, both professionally and personally, that have occurred since ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675264
A basic tenet of American employment law is that employment is at will, meaning that the employer can set the conditions of employment as long as it is not otherwise illegal.

A Georgia businessman who provides aviation insurance has a new one: all employees must carry weapons.  Local station ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675265
As Justice Scalia''s body lies in state in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court this morning, my eye was caught by the first headline in today's Employment Law 360.

The headline and lead:

5th Circ. Starts Clock For ...