The Hobby Lobby Case

The Hobby Lobby Case

The Supreme Court has ruled closely-held corporations can exercise religion and can exempt themselves from federal laws if there is a substantial infringement on their religious beliefs.

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Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that business owners and their companies are persons entitled to religious freedom. In addition, federal law forcing them to offer contraception care violated those religious rights.

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Spousal Rights After DOMA

Spousal Rights After DOMA

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means same sex married couples will receive rights and protections under federal employment laws.

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New I-9 Forms

New I-9 Forms

Starting May 7, 2013, employers will have to start using an updated version of the employment verification form, commonly referred to as Form I-9.

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Immigration Proposal

Immigration Proposal

Major immigration changes are being proposed, with increased immigration opportunities for undocumented immigrants, advanced degree holders, and agricultural workers. However, this may also mean more compliance obligations for employers.

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NLRB Has No Power

NLRB Has No Power

A U.S. Court ruled that the current NLRB Board has no legal authority to act, because Board members were appointed in an unconstitutional manner. The Board has not had a quorum to conduct any business since January 2012. Does the decision halt the agency or its enforcement efforts?

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Act 10 Upheld

Act 10 Upheld

On January 18, 2013, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the federal constitutional challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, the Budget Repair Bill that drastically changed collective bargaining for state and municipal workers in Wisconsin. In a 74-page opinion, the court rejected challenges to three provisions of the law and upheld all of Act 10.

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Weapons Policies

Weapons Policies

As recent news stories show, gun violence can appear rather suddenly and planning may make all the difference in saving lives and preventing serious injuries. Does your organization have a violence prevention policy in place?

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NLRB & Handbooks

NLRB & Handbooks

The NLRB has been busy finding many standard employment policies unlawful. In the process, it is forcing companies to rethink workplace policies and how those policies should be described in employment handbooks.

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Equal Benefits

Equal Benefits

Starting July 1, 2012, employers entering into or renewing contracts with the City of Madison will have to provide employees in domestic partnerships the same benefits provided to married employees. Find out what benefits must be provided and whether your organization is covered by the law.

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