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Labor and Employment Law

Texas Trial Court Suspends the Revised White Collar Overtime Exemption Rules

On November 22, 2016, a federal district judge for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nation-wide injunction (see here)  suspending the implementation of new regulations increasing the minimum salary level required for the White Collar exemptions from overtime pay (see here). Although technically the…
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OSHA Raises Penalties, Adopts Electronic Recordkeeping, and Expands Anti-Retaliation Rules

OSHA Raises Maximum Penalties by 178% The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has taken several actions  in recent months that will significantly affect employers for years to come.  First, it revised its Field Operations Manual by raising penalties to adjust for inflation for violations of the…
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Labor and Employment Law

Managing Marijuana in the Workplace

Four states (Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska) and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty-one other states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona,…
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Labor and Employment Law

Managing Employment-Related LGBTQ Concerns & The EEOC

2015 was certainly a big year for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Caitlyn Jenner dominated the media and brought attention to the transgender community. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision on marriage equality, extending marriage rights to same-sex couples…
Trademark Law

Schlafly Brewery Shows How to Make a Sour Blonde: Wins Trademark Dispute Against Phyllis Schlafly

It is not often that craft beer lovers and ordinary St. Louisans will take interest in a trademark dispute. However, one such case caught the attention of both demographics. In this regard, long-standing conservative activist, Phyllis Schlafly, and her son, Dr. Bruce S. Schlafly, filed…