IAML Insights

April 07, 2015

Last week, in my post about the impact of the various iterations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on wage and hour law, we discussed the general rule that the FLSA does not contain blanket exceptions or exceptions for religious entities or individuals, with only a few exceptions. One potential caveat to this rule is an FLSA...

April 06, 2015

In an interesting coincidence of a new District of Columbia law and a new Supreme Court decision, DC's new Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 (the Act) answers a question for DC employers that the Supreme Court asks in its recent decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. In Young, the issue was whether the employer, United...

April 06, 2015

According to the EEOC, a majority of employers now offer some form of wellness program.  Employer wellness programs are designed to incentivize employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle and benefit employers in the form of lower costs for insurance premiums and decreased absenteeism.  Participation requirements vary widely from program to...

April 06, 2015

Unless you are living under a rock, you are probably aware of the uproar in Indiana about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that the state passed, triggering an incredible backlash inside and outside the state and a rush by legislators to revise the newly-enacted law. When even NASCAR is criticizing legislation instead of talking about its...

April 02, 2015

As we reported in a previous post, “SEC Investigating Companies’ Employment Contracts That Restrict Whistleblowing,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been vocal about its concerns regarding the effects of confidentiality provisions on the agency’s enforcement efforts and on the rights of whistleblowers, and has even asked...

April 02, 2015

As we previously reported, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a law earlier this year that replaces its maternity leave statue with one affording both women and men with up to eight weeks of unpaid job-protected parental leave. The new laws takes effect April 7, 2015. While FMLA-eligible employees (both male and female) may already be...