DOJ Won’t Appeal Immigration Plan Injunction to Supreme Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has vowed to stay the course in fighting a federal judge’s injunction against President Obama’s November 2014 immigration executive orders, which would award up to 5 million undocumented immigrants a safe haven from deportation and, for many of them, legal work permits, if implemented. DOJ officials said Wednesday that they would […]

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Angry Judge Digs in Against Obama Immigration Plan

Judge Andrew Hanen, who issued an injunction that stopped the Obama administration’s plan for its version of immigration reform, has refused to lift the ban, saying the federal government, under President Obama’s orders, “has abdicated enforcement” of the nation’s immigration laws. The U.S. district judge cited two factors this past weekend in refusing to halt […]

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Justice Declines to Lift Embargo on New Definition of Spouse for FMLA

After Justice Reed O’Connor placed a temporary injunction on the new definition of spouse for purposes of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, the Department of Justice (DOJ) quickly moved to ask for the block to be lifted. On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office initiated the lawsuit resulting in Judge O’Connor’s […]

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LGBT Workplace Discrimination Rule Takes Effect for Federal Contractors

President Obama’s executive order prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by businesses with federal contracts goes into effect today, effectively extending protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In marking the occasion, Labor Secretary Tom Perez noted on his blog that the implementation of the order “will mean a more […]

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Same-Sex Spouse Definition for FMLA on Hold

We spoke too soon, as a U.S. district judge in Texas has placed a temporary hold on the new definition of spouse for FMLA purposes, contrary to our earlier report below. The hold arises from a lawsuit filed by attorneys general in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska, which argues that the new definition violates the […]

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Senate Confirms Two to the EEOC

Still under Democratic control for a while longer, the U.S. Senate has confirmed a new Commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), along with a General Counsel. Charlotte Burrows, currently Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ), will serve as a Commissioner. David Lopez was reconfirmed as General Counsel, a position […]

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DOL Earmarks $10.2 Million to Help States Fight Worker Misclassification

For years the Department of Labor (DOL) has been operating a cooperative program with several states to crack down on worker misclassification — labeling actual employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and benefits — and now the agency is targeting $10.2 million in aid to those states to speed up enforcement efforts. The […]

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DOJ to Require Closed Captions on All Movie Theater Films

The Attorney General today signed the Department's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to revise the department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) title III regulation to require movie theaters to exhibit movies with closed movie captioning and audio description, to require theaters to provide notice to the public about the availability of these services, and […]

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Court Orders Employer to Pay for Employee’s Medical Marijuana

In an unusual twist for a state that outlaws marijuana use except in specified medical situations, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ordered a repair shop owner and the shop's workers' compensation insurer to pay for medical marijuana use to treat an employee's work-injury-related chronic back pain. Ben's Automotive Services and Redwood Fire & […]

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Attorney General Extends Same-Sex Spousal Protections

Attorney General Eric Holder today is expected to issue a directive recognizing the rights of same-sex spouses in the U.S. judicial system. This will mean that same-sex couples can no longer be required to testify against one another in federal court. They will also be granted the same rights in Bankruptcy Court as heterosexual couples […]

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