By Erin Dougherty Foley and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The U.S. Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit has recently decided a case involving an extremely obese bus driver and denied his claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101–12213, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Pub. L.
Continue Reading 7th Circuit Rules that Extreme Obesity is Not an ADA Impairment (at Least on These Facts)

shutterstock_267261659By Annette Tyman and Meredith Bailey

The White House announced a new Equal Pay Pledge for private sector companies as part of yesterday’s “United State of Women Summit” in Washington, D.C.  The Pledge is one of several initiatives announced at the Summit intended to tackle “gender-based discrimination” in the workplace.

By signing the voluntary Pledge, companies promise to conduct
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By Maria Papasevastos and Nadia Bandukda

Seyfarth Synopsis:  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a pay equity bill that would have strengthened protections against pay discrimination in the workplace. The bill’s sponsors will now decide whether they want to override the veto, accept the Governor’s changes or rewrite the bill.

On Monday, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed proposed
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By: Christopher Lowe, Robert T. Szyba, and Samuel Sverdlov

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments in Puglia v. Elk Pipeline, Inc., on whether claims under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”) were preempted by the federal Labor-Management Relations Act (“LMRA”).

The road to the Supreme Court. The plaintiff
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By: Erin Dougherty Foley

On Monday, Apple unveiled its new MacBook (which is as pretty as it is light and nimble), number of new health related apps called “ResearchKit” (that claim to be able to help diagnose and monitor the progress of diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s) and the much anticipated Apple Watch.  The watch appears to work like an
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By: Alexander J. Passantino, Paul H. Kehoe, and Lawrence Z. Lorber

On March 6, 2015, the Department of Labor submitted its final guidance pursuant to Executive Order 13673, titled Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) for review. Review by OIRA is the final
Continue Reading The “Blacklisting” Executive Order: The Department of Labor’s Guidance To OMB For Final Review

By: Paul H. Kehoe

On March 2, 2015, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) introduced companion bills entitled “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.” The legislation, found here, was cosponsored Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Scott
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By: Dawn Reddy Solowey and Ariel Cudkowicz

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., a closely-watched religious discrimination case that we’ve blogged about before.

The EEOC’s petition for certiorari framed the legal question this way: “Whether an employer can be liable under Title VII for refusing
Continue Reading A “Real Administrative Rat Mess” (or Takeaways from SCOTUS Oral Arguments in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch)

By: Lawrence P. Postol

Almost a majority of the states now allow medical marijuana, so questions are starting to pop up about how the use of medical marijuana affects an employee’s rights (and an employer’s responses) under other laws, and in particular, the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

The FMLA allows qualified employees
Continue Reading ADA, FMLA and Medical Marijuana: How Do They Mix?

Just a reminder that Seyfarth Shaw’s Energy Employment Law Group will be presenting a timely and interesting 2-Part webinar series on February 25th from 1 pm CT to 2 pm CT and March 4th from 1 pm CT to 2 pm CT. For further information, please see the event information below.

With oil prices having dropped dramatically, many energy companies
Continue Reading Upcoming 2-Part Webinar – Layoffs Without Liability: Advanced Strategies for Reducing Headcount