Fisher Phillips in the News
Sidney Minter was featured on WBTV on December 4, 2016. In the segment, Sidney provides tips for surviving your office holiday party.
The article, "National Labor and Employment Firm Starts Pay Equity Practice," featured in American Lawyer, announces the formation of the new Pay Equity group that seeks to assist clients in what some experts predict could be an active area of litigation in 2017.
- Attorneys address employer concerns over pay equity issues12.5.16
Fisher Phillips announced today the formation of its Pay Equity Practice Group, launched in response to recent legislative and regulatory initiatives and subsequent employer concerns over pay equity issues.
Just as employers were scrambling to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) overtime wage regulations that were set to go into effect on December 1, a federal court in Texas blocked its implementation.
In the article, "Will Trump's Immigration Audits Help U.S. Workers?," featured in Bloomberg BNA, Partner David Jones provided insight into Trump's immigration plans and the impact on U.S. workers.
- Six Others Listed as Rising Stars12.2.16
Six attorneys from the Cleveland and Columbus offices have been listed in the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers.
In the article, “Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Now,” featured in SHRM, Attorney Corey Goerdt discussed what HR professionals need to be aware of with emerging technology. These technologies such as machine learning may unlawfully discriminate a protected category, like race, gender or age.
In the article, "Employer Alert: OSHA free to enforce anti-retaliation rule," featured on Safety.BLR.com, attorney Howard Mavity discusses a judge's decision on OSHA's anti-retaliation provisions. The rules are now on the books and enforceable.
In the article, "How To Keep Trade Secrets Safe," featured in Law360, Partner Bob Yonowitz provided tips on how companies in any industry can keep their trade secrets safe and what to do if theft occurs.
In the article, "Court Injunction Kills Overtime Pay Rule Change," featured in San Antonio News Express, attorney Robert Kilgore discusses the national halt of the pending overtime pay rule.
In the article, "How To Keep Trade Secrets Safe," featured in Law360, attorney Bob Yonowitz provides tips on how companies in any industry can keep their trade secrets safe following a recent lawsuit filed by America’s Test Kitchen.
In the article, "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule," featured on WLRN Miami, attorney Christine Howard comments on the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule after a Texas federal judge blocked it.
In the article "Oregon Employers Rocked as Judge Blocks Obama-backed Rule Extending Overtime Pay," featured in Portland Business Journal, attorney Rich Meneghello comments on how the recent block of the proposed new overtime rule will effect Oregon businesses.
The article, “Texas Judge Expected to Rule Tuesday on Overtime Regulation,” featured in the Dallas Business Journal, discusses how a Texas federal judge is expected to decide Tuesday whether to halt the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on Dec. 1.
The article, “Philadelphia Prevailing Wage Law Expanded, Impact on Employers to be Determined,” featured in Penn Record, discusses whether a prevailing wage ordinance signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on Oct. 27 will force any affected employers in the city to resort to layoffs. The new law took effect immediately after the mayor signed the legislation.
The article, “Medical Marijuana Accommodation Optional For Businesses,” featured on WUWF, discusses the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida and what this means for businesses that have employees who want to use it at work.
The article, “Trump's Picks for Labor Board Could Raise Conflicts Issues,” featured in The National Law Journal, discusses how President-elect Donald Trump takes office with the unusual situation of ownership of companies that are involved in disputes with federal agencies including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), two of whose members he will get to appoint.
Ten attorneys from the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips have been listed in 2017 Kentucky Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.
The article, “Court Permanently Bars New Persuader Rule,” featured in SHRM, discusses how lawyers and consultants may continue to advise employers on labor relations and train managers on what to say to educate employees about employers' stands on unionization, in light of a federal district court permanently barring a new persuader rule from taking effect.
The article, “OT Rules Set But Could Shift with New President,” featured in Hotel News Now, discusses how the new overtime-exemption rule will still go into effect at the beginning of next month, but many wonder what will happen to the rule under a Donald Trump presidency.
The article, “EEOC Tops $482M for Bias Victims, Cuts Charge Backlog,” featured on Bloomberg BNA, reports that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtained more than $482.1 million for victims of alleged discrimination during fiscal year 2016 while reducing its inventory of pending bias charges.
The article, “Trump Victory Puts OSHA Rules on Unsure Footing,” featured in Business Insurance, discusses how the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) signature regulatory initiatives of 2016 are likely in jeopardy following Donald Trump’s presidential victory, according to experts.
In the article, "Focusing on Temp Workers' Safety," featured in Human Resource Executive Online, attorney Howard Mavity discusses concerns over temp worker safety as the U.S. staffing market has grown over the past couple of years and continues to grow. Howard focuses on what this means for the growing number of temp workers.
The article, “Arizona and Washington Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measures,” featured in SHRM, discusses how voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures that will require employers to offer paid sick leave to workers beginning in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The article, “'Pragmatic Conservative' Reportedly up for Labor Cabinet Position,” featured in the Washington Examiner, discusses how President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering Victoria Lipnic, a commissioner at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), for labor secretary in his administration.
The article, “At Harvard, Union Organizing In The Ivory Tower,” featured on WGBH News, discusses how Harvard University will be the first school to vote on a graduate student union following the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling in August, which determined that students who are research and teaching assistants at private universities do have the right to unionize.
The article, “Voters Approve Minimum-Wage Hikes in Four States,” featured in SHRM, highlights how residents in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington all approved gradual minimum-wage increases that will start in 2017 and end in 2020.
The article, “Will the New President Trump the FLSA Overtime Rulings?” featured in The Huffington Post, discusses why business owners should maintain and renew a focus on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance — or risk a costly lawsuit in 2017 and beyond, despite Trump taking office.
In the article, “The Morning Risk Report: What a Trump Victory Could Mean for Labor Laws,” featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fisher Phillips attorneys spell out some areas where the firm thinks changes will come, in light of Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Some of these areas include immigration, labor relations and workplace safety.
The article, “Florida Medical Marijuana Passage Opens Doors for Firms, Raises Employment Law Questions,” featured in the Daily Business Review, discusses how in Florida, some lawyers’ phones will be ringing off the hook, in light of the legalization of medical marijuana.
The article, “Business Optimistic on Trump,” featured in Sun Sentinel, discusses how South Florida business leaders are expressing cautious optimism that Donald Trump’s election will further bolster the healthy economy they’ve enjoyed since recovering from the Great Recession.
The article, “Employers Likely to See Regulatory Relief from Trump Administration,” featured in San Antonio Express-News, discusses how the specter of a Donald Trump presidency promises a change in direction in employer-worker relations, at work sites everywhere.
In the article, “Three Costly Mistakes That Could be Lurking in Your Documentation,” featured on HR Morning, employment law attorneys share some of the most expensive mistakes they’ve spotted in employers’ documentation.
The article, “More States Legalize Recreational and Medical Marijuana,” featured in SHRM, discusses how voters overwhelmingly approved state ballot measures to permit marijuana use.
In the article, “Number of Foreign Work Visas Will Likely Shrink Under Trump,” featured in the Memphis Business Journal, Partner David Jones weighs in on Trump's plans to tighten U.S. borders and protect American jobs.
The article, “New OSHA Rules Set to Take Effect,” featured in Akron Legal News, highlights the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new final rule that takes effect on Jan. 1, which will require certain businesses to electronically submit some of their workers’ injury and illness incidents for posting to its website.
The article, “Unions Brace for Pro-business Shift in Labor Policy Under Trump,” featured on KWSN Sports Radio, discusses how unions in the United States face sweeping changes to labor law and regulations under a new Republican administration that is expected to tilt policy toward employers.
In the article, “BigLaw Reacts To Trump's Election To The White House,” featured in Law360, attorneys discuss how they think a Trump presidency may impact the regulatory landscape and what it will mean for their practices and their clients.
The article, “California to Confront Regulatory Hurdles After Pot Vote,” featured in The Recorder, discusses how Californians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to legalize recreational use of marijuana, opening the doors to a new, multibillion-dollar marketplace and launching a scramble to create regulations within a year.
The article, “Trump Win Puts Labor Regulations on Life Support,” featured in Bloomberg BNA, discusses how the lengthy list of workplace regulations finalized in the past year are now in jeopardy, in light of Donald Trump's victory.
The article, “From Banking to Manufacturing, What Will Trump Win Mean for NC Businesses?” featured in The Charlotte Observer, highlights some of the changes that could be in store for North Carolina businesses under a Donald Trump presidency.
The article,” Ga. Firm Leaders Say Trump Win a Boon to L&E, Regulatory Practices,” featured in the Daily Report, discussed how law firm leaders are trying to figure out what the surprise electoral victory of Donald Trump plus a Republican-controlled Congress will mean for the future.
The article, “Local Executives Track the Polls, Anticipate Changes Under New Administration,” featured in the Memphis Business Journal, discusses how as the U.S. presidential election results are tabulated, Memphis executives are already thinking about its effect on their respective industries.
Fisher Phillips today announced that two of its Memphis attorneys, senior counsel Jay Kiesewetter and managing partner Jeff Weintraub, were selected for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers by their peers. Attorneys Courtney Leyes, Gabriel McGaha and Robert W. Ratton III were also listed in Rising Stars.
- Named Among Best Young Lawyers in Mississippi for Fourth Consecutive Year11.8.16
Local Attorney Jaklyn Wrigley, an associate of Fisher Phillips LLP in Gulfport, has been included in the Mid-South Super Lawyers’ 2015 Rising Stars list, an honor bestowed to less than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the area. This year marks the fourth year Wrigley has been designated as a Rising Star.
The article, “New OSHA Injury Reporting Rule Delayed, Won’t Ban Certain Drug Tests,” featured in MH&L, discusses how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed enforcement of its new injury and illness record-keeping rule to Dec. 1 to try to clear up confusion it created over post-accident drug testing of employees.
The article, “New Jersey Employers Don’t Have to Let You Vote,” featured on NJ 101.5, highlights how in New Jersey there is not a state law that entitles employees to time off to cast their vote on Election Day.
The article, “Sex Orientation Protected Civil Right, Court Says,” featured in Bloomberg BNA, discusses Federal Judge Cathy Bissoon's recent ruling in Pittsburg that workplace bias based on sexual orientation is prohibited by federal civil rights law.
The article, “High Court Set To Clarify Presidential Appointment Limits,” featured in Law360, discusses how on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the National Labor Relations Board’s argument that Lafe Solomon's three-year tenure as acting NLRB general counsel was legitimate.
The article, “Attorneys Discuss How the Election May Impact Laws,” featured in Akron Legal News, discusses how it still remains unclear exactly how a Clinton or Trump presidency would impact residents in Ohio and across the country.
Jim Holland, managing partner of the Kansas City office of Fisher Phillips, and partners Greg Ballew, J. Randall Coffey and Brian Finucane, are listed in the 2016 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.
The article, “EEOC's Expanding Priorities,” featured in HR Executive Online, discusses the recent unveiling of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Strategic Enforcement Plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021, where its commitment to "advancing equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination in the workplace,” was reaffirmed.
The article, “Report Shows Continued Decline in Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” featured in SHRM, examines the many factors that may have contributed to a drop in reported workplace injuries.
- U.S. News - Best Lawyers Recognize Firms Across U.S.11.1.16
Fisher Phillips announced today that the law firm has been named to the 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News - Best Lawyers. The firm received “Tier 1 Rankings” for its Employment and Labor Law Practices as well as its Labor and Employment Litigation Practice. Additionally, 18 of the firm’s offices received “Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings” for Employment Law, Labor Law, Employee Benefits, Labor and Employment Litigation, and/or ERISA Litigation. They are Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland, San Diego, and Tampa.
The article, “New Overtime-Exemption Rule Looms: Are Hotels Ready?” featured in Hotel News Now, discusses how there’s still time for hoteliers to prepare for the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime-exemption rule, which is set to take effect one month from now.
The article, “HR Must Determine Overtime Strategies, Communications ASAP,” discussed why human resources departments should be well on their way to implementing strategies for compliance and communicating those changes with affected employees, as the Dec. 1 effective date for the Department of Labor's overtime rule approaches.
The article, “Wrong Halloween Costume Can Be Party Pooper,” featured on 11 Alive, addresses why office Halloween parties can be scary for employees if they choose a costume that's too risqué or offensive.
The article, “Halloween Decorations Catch Manager in Legal Web — and Other Frightening Concerns,” featured in The Business Journals, addresses why managers should be especially sensitive to employees' feelings and religious beliefs, as they prepare for what they might be doing for Halloween this year.
The article, “SLC 2016: More than 60,000 Workers Per Day Are Harassed or Are the Victims of Workplace Violence,” featured in EHS Today, addresses why employers need to create programs to address workplace violence given the fact that on a daily basis 43,800 employees are harassed; 16,400 threatened, and 723 workers are attacked.
The article, “Defense Department Suspends National Guard Bonus Clawbacks,” featured in SHRM, discusses how at the urging of Congress members, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has suspended efforts to recoup bonuses the Department of Defense (DoD) had maintained were overpayments to veterans of the National Guard.
The article, “Hard Hats Required,” featured in Law Week Colorado, breakdowns of some of the most impactful OSHA changes to hit the construction industry and examines what their ultimate effect might be.
The article, "'Blacklisting Rule' Blocked," featured in SHRM, discusses how federal contractors were given reprieve on the eve of when the Blacklisting Rule was to take effect, thanks in part to the federal court blocking most of the rule on Oct. 24, determining that the regulation likely violated a host of federal labor laws as well as the First Amendment and due process rights.
The article, “At Work, Application of Pot Laws Remains Hazy,” featured in the Albuquerque Journal, addresses the blurred lines of marijuana laws in the workplace.
The article, “Texas Judge Consolidates Challenges to Overtime Rule,” featured in SHRM, discusses how a federal judge in Texas has agreed to consolidate two lawsuits aimed at stopping the overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1.
The article, “GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week,” featured on Law360, highlights the top corporate legal news from this past week.
The article, “How to Comply with New Overtime Rules,” featured in Behavioral Healthcare, offers behavioral healthcare organizations advice on how to ensure they are in compliance with the new overtimes rules, which could lead to unexpectedly higher overtime costs or even potential fines if they do not comply.
The article, “Business Groups Want Quick Decision on Overtime Rule,” featured in SHRM, discusses why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 other business groups have asked a judge to make a speedy decision in their case to block the federal overtime rule.
The article, “On-Demand Employers Should Expect More EEOC Scrutiny,” featured in Law360, discusses how the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) intends to ratchet up scrutiny of nontraditional employment relationships, with an emphasis on the on-demand economy.
Two attorneys in the Boston office of Fisher Phillips have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Joseph W. Ambash, the managing partner of the firm’s Boston office, was honored in the Employment and Labor category. Jeffrey A. Dretler, a partner in the Boston office, was recognized in the Employment Litigation: Defense category. Only 5 percent of Massachusetts lawyers were included in the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. The findings will be published in Boston magazine and the stand-alone publication Super Lawyers Magazine.
In the article, “Attorney Offers Locals Advice on New Overtime Pay Rules,” featured in Houma Today, Partner Ed Harold offers local employers advice on how to ensure they are in compliance with the new overtime pay rules set to take effect Dec. 1.
Partner Ed Harold was featured on 4-WWL TV to break down the impact each presidential candidate could have on workplace law.
The article, “11th-Hour Attempt to Block the ‘Blacklisting Rule’ Filed,” featured in SHRM, discusses how the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule poses many challenges for federal contractors.
The article, “EEOC Takes on Emerging Issues in New Strategic Enforcement Plan,” featured in Corporate Counsel, discusses how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will focus on discrimination against Muslims, nontraditional employment and automated employment screening tools in its new strategic plan.
The article, “Corporate Campaign Results in $7.8M Award Against Union,” featured in SHRM, discusses how the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) overly aggressive organizing proved to be costly for the union, which has been ordered to pay $7.8 million to Professional Janitorial Service of Houston (PJS).
The article, “Hurricane Winds Don't Blow Over Employers' Legal Duties,” featured in Law360, sheds light on key employment law considerations that may arise after a natural disaster, from wage-and-hour concerns to workplace safety.
The article, “Health Watch: Accommodating Allergies,” featured in Columbus CEO, examines how employers are responding to allergies as they become more prevalent in the workplace.
The article, “What’s at Stake in the 2016 Election,” featured in QSR Magazine, highlights five important things restaurant operators should consider when they head to the polls in November.
The article, “Hurricane Damage Control: Piecing Together Time Records,” featured in SHRM, discusses why employers should be compliant with time-keeping and compassionate with personal circumstances, in light of Hurricane Matthew.
Attorney Michelle Anderson was featured on WWL-TV to discuss some do's and don'ts for Halloween costumes in the workplace.
Fisher Phillips partner Matt Simpson has been elected to the executive committee of the State Bar of Georgia’s labor and employment law section.
The article, “OSHA Changes to Lockout/Tagout Rule Overreach or Overdue?” featured on Bloomberg BNA, discusses why OSHA's new proposal to revise the lockout/tagout standard shouldn't be included in its ongoing rulemaking covering several diverse standards.
The article, “Bathroom Ban on Transgender Male Police Officer Violates Title VII,” featured on Bloomberg BNA, reports on a case in which a Nevada school district was forbidden to ban a transgender male police officer from using the men's bathroom at work.
The article, “Detailed Data May Not Be Enough To Close Gender Pay Gap,” featured on NPR, discusses how many companies are now investigating whether their own data shows they pay men and women differently for similar work.
Stephen Mitchell, managing partner of the Columbia office of Fisher Phillips, has been elected to the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
The article, “Freedom of Speech Ends When you Punch in at Work, NJ Lawyer Explains,” featured on NJ 101.5, sheds light on a “common misconception” among the public that they have the right to free speech around the clock wherever they may be.
The article, “Employee vs. Employer: The Battle Over Arbitration,” featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer, sheds light on arbitration agreements in the workplace.
Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces that Partner Regina Petty will be honored by the California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in San Diego. Petty and two other honorees, U.S. District Court Judge John Houston and Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Chris Chambers Goodman, will be recognized at the meeting on September 30.
The article, "Manual Del Empleado" Giving Headache to Businesses," featured in Korea Daily, discusses why making an employee handbook in Spanish is not only complicated but expensive.
The article, “U.S. SC Should Be Tempted to Review DOL's Tip-Pooling Rule,” featured on Legal NewsLine, discusses how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently refused to rehear a case regarding a controversial tip-pooling regulation, a win for tipped employees and a blow to businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
The article, “How Minimum Wage Hikes Will Affect Your Business,” featured on Wells Fargo’s website, examines how minimum wage increases across the country will affect small businesses.
The article, “House to Vote Today on Overtime Rule Delay; Obama Threatens Veto,” featured on BLR.com, discusses how the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a bill that would delay the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules’ effective date by six months.
In the article, “Is it Disrespectful to Send an Associate to Court? Maybe Not.” featured in Corporate Counsel, attorneys discuss whether or not it was disrespectful for a law firm to send an associate to federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to represent a big client, in this case Facebook Inc., to a pretrial conference unaccompanied by partners?
The article, “Predictable Scheduling Laws: The Next Trend in Workplace Regulations,” featured in SHRM, discusses how Seattle will likely be the next city to limit employers’ use of on-call scheduling.
The article, “Legal Guidance for Employers Dealing with Intermittent FMLA Requests,” featured in Akron Legal News, discusses why in light of an increase in Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) lawsuits, attorneys are advising companies to review their policies and tracking procedures especially when dealing with intermittent leave requests.
Attorneys Courtney Leyes and Gabe McGaha were featured on News Channel 3 to discuss how to navigate the waters of politics in the workplace this election season.
The article, “Clock Ticking for Employers on Overtime Rule,” featured in Law Week Colorado, addresses why employers should continue preparing for the federal government's new overtime rules Dec. 1 arrival, despite the legal challenges mounting against them.
Attorney Melody Rayl was featured on KCUR 89.3 on September 23, 2016. In the interview, Melody examines the new overtime rules that are set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. She also discusses how 21 states have joined in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor to have the higher standards declared invalid.
The article, “Council Approves Budget,” featured on The Sealy News, reports on Sealy's city council recent approval of its 2016-17 fiscal budget that includes a tax rate increase of eight percent for homes in the city limits.
The article, “Georgia Joins Lawsuit to Stop New Overtime Rules,” featured on 11Alive, discusses how Georgia is one of 21 states suing the U.S. Department of Labor to try to block a new overtime rule that would make about four million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.
In the article, “Businesses Shouldn't Count on Lawsuits Challenging Overtime Pay Rule,” featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Ted Boehm discusses why companies planning their 2017 budgets shouldn’t rely on two new lawsuits challenging an Obama administration rule extending overtime pay to more than 4 million workers.
The article, “Experts: Plan to Comply With New Overtime Rules in December,” featured on Nation’s Restaurant News, addresses why restaurant operators should plan to comply with anticipated changes to overtime regulations scheduled to go into effect in December, despite a legal challenge that could put the new rules on hold.
The article, “Employers Hope for Injunction Blocking Dec. 1 Start of New Labor Department OT Rule,” featured in the Dallas Business Journal, addresses why employers should proceed as if sweeping changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime exemption regulations will take effect Dec. 1, despite a lawsuit filed Tuesday seeking to derail the new rule
In the article, “Why the Gig Economy Is a Game Changer for Employers,” featured on XpertHR Blog, Rich Meneghello discusses how the gig economy has forced employers to rethink what they are offering their workforce.
The article, “Weeding Out Psychopaths,” featured on Human Resources Executive Online, discusses how careful hiring procedures can help organizations limit the damage caused by toxic employees in the workplace.
The article, “Uber Sees $100 Settlement Rejected But Wins Appeal of Arbitration Issue,” featured in Legal NewsLine, discusses how the court’s rejection of Uber’s $100 million settlement offer, might have been the best thing that could have happened to the company.
The article, “Seattle's 'Secure Scheduling' Law Puts Businesses at Risk,” featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal, highlights the “secure scheduling” ordinance in Seattle and discusses the significant impact on business operations the law will have, if passed.
The article, “Seattle Set To Micromanage Private Sector Work Scheduling; Employers Alarmed,” featured on Lens.com, highlights the growing concerns among employers and others about the City of Seattle's "secure scheduling" ordinance, headed toward passage early next week.