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Watch Out: Gender Pay Equity Law Is on the Move

Gender pay equity is a perennial social, political, and ultimately legal issue in our country. Corporate general counsel and HR professionals have watched this issue ebb and flow, and we are now seeing a new flow, but not from where it was expected.

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Clyde Jacob in the Society for Human Resource Management, “OFCCP Awarded Access to Some Personal Contact Information at Google”

Coats Rose Director, Clyde H. Jacob III, recently contributed to an article regarding the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recent win to access at least 5,000 workers’ personal contact information in OFCCP v.

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Be Proactive About Crafting a Drone Policy

Coats Rose Directors Brian Gaudet and David Lynch, and Law Clerk Courtney Lynch recently wrote an article that presents the nuances of commercial contractors developing a drone policy to mitigate risks.  To read the article as published in Construction Executive, click here.

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My New Hire Has a Medical Marijuana Card. Now What?

August 4, 2017 – Medical marijuana legalization is becoming more prevalent, as states continue to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. This new trend has created legal ramifications for employers, who have struggled to create and maintain drug testing policies to keep pace with differing state laws.

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Workplace Marijuana Rules Confronted in Discrimination Cases

July 25, 2017 – Marijuana use in the workplace has become increasingly hazy as more states legalize the drug and employers grapple with how to adjust their policies to the complex jumble of new laws and court decisions.

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Amanda Wingfield Goldman, Clyde Jacob and Walter Christy in Law360: “Insights On Avoiding The ‘Parental Leave Trap’ “

July 3, 2017 – As Law360 recently reported in “JPMorgan Hit With EEOC Charge Over Unequal Parental Leave,” a JPMorgan employee, Derek Rotondo, recently filed a class action charge with the U.S. 

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Brian Gaudet and Traci Donatto in Law360: Texas Steel Bill Raises Questions For Construction

A version of this article was first published in Law360 on June 19, 2017.

By: Brian R. Gaudet and Traci Donatto

Texas Senate Bill 1289 is one of a number of policies nationwide whose purpose is to strengthen domestic sourcing of iron and steel products in an effort to bolster the United States steel industry, which has long faced increased competition in a globalized economy.

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Love Thy Neighbor: Negotiating Co-Tenancy Provisions in an Evolving Retail Landscape

Stephanie Lucas Harrison presented “Love Thy Neighbor: Negotiating Co-Tenancy Provisions in an Evolving Retail Landscape,” at the 29th Annual Spring Symposia for the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law CLE Programs on April 21, 2017.  The presentation considered how co-tendancy lease provisions are evolving as retail developments are changing.

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Amanda Wingfield Goldman and Vinson Knight in Law360: Hospital Best Practices After 3rd Circuit Title IX Decision

By: Amanda Wingfield Goldman and Vinson J. Knight

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, which prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity, extended protection to a medical resident who brought suit against a private teaching hospital for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

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Third Circuit Holds that Medical Residents May Sue Private Hospitals for Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

By: Amanda Wingfield Goldman and Vinson Knight

The Third Circuit recently held that Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, which prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded[1] education program or activity, extended protection to a medical resident who brought suit against a private teaching hospital for sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation[2].

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Pulling the Plug on Lifetime Benefits

Coats Rose Of Counsel, Amanda Wingfield Goldman, recently contributed to an article that explores the challenges employers face when considering to end lifetime benefit programs.

To read the full articlePulling the Plug on Lifetime Benefits,” published in Human Resources Executive Online by Maura C.

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The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Coats Rose Director, Elizabeth Haecker Ryan, recently contributed to an article regarding how artificial intelligence is significantly impacting the future of the practice of law. Read on to learn how these changes may directly impact your practice.

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Overtime Rule May Result in More Off-the-Clock Work

JacobIIIClyde-1Coats Rose Director, Clyde H. Jacob, III, recently contributed to an article regarding changes made to the overtime rule by the U.S. Department of Labor, which increases the risk of off-the-clock claims for employers. 

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Telemedicine Up for Heated Debate

Knight,Vinson_AF_wbCoats Rose Of Counsel, Vinson J. Knight, recently contributed to an article that explores the challenges of telemedicine practice standards in the State of Texas.

To read the full articleTelemedicine Up for Heated Debate,” published in Medical Economics by UBM Medica, LLC, a UBM company, click here.

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21 States and US Chamber File Complaints in Federal Court to Challenge New Overtime Rule

ChristyWalter1JacobIIIClyde-1GoldmanAmanda-1By: Walter W. Christy, Clyde H. Jacob III, and Amanda Wingfield Goldman

In a full court press on September 20, 2016, twenty-one states banded together and filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) to challenge the DOL’s overtime exemption rule change, which is set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.

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A Potential Gap in Indemnity Coverage

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By: David S. Lynch

Commercial contracts in the construction industry and the oil and gas industry generally contain indemnity provisions in which parties agree to indemnify each other for certain liability as a result of personal injury or property damage, generally those occasioned by their operations or the operations of their subcontractors.

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Quick! Update Your Federal Labor Law Posters

JacobIIIClyde-1ChristyWalter1GoldmanAmanda-1By: Clyde H. Jacob III, Walter W. Christy and Amanda Wingfield Goldman

 

Giving employers just mere days to comply, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently revised its Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (“EPPA”) posters on July 28.

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Forming Drug Test Policies Through A Haze Of Marijuana Laws

GoldmanAmanda_AFLaw360, New York (June 29, 2016, 11:18 AM ET), By Amanda Wingfield Goldman— Although most people believe that the concept of employer drug testing began with the advent of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1986, the roots of drug testing and employers’ concerns with drug abuse actually date back to the Civil War.

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When Casual Gets Too Casual – How to Deal with Employee Dress Code Challenges Without Risking Adverse Legal Action

Amanda Wingfield Goldman recently provided sage guidance on how to deal with employee dress code challenges without risking adverse legal action.  Policies regarding dress code and appearance should be neutral and applied even handedley.

To read the full article “When Casual Gets To Casual,” published by Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency: Business Intelligence for Professional Contractors, click here.

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From Griddles and Ice Makers to Billions of Dollars in Government Contracts: The History and Potential Impact of the United States Supreme Court’s Anticipated Ruling in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States

Tamara LindaeyCoats Rose Associate, Tamara J. Lindsey, discusses the impending Supreme Court ruling that started with bid protests lodged by a different service-disabled veteran-owned small business (“SDVOSB”).

On February 22, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in the ongoing dispute between Kingdomware Technologies, Inc.

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