Author Archives: lowndes

Breaking News! U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decisions in Hobby Lobby and Union Cases

BY:  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE JUNE 30, 2014 In two landmark cases today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that (i) owners of closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care…

BREAKING NEWS! U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Invalidates NLRB Decisions

BY:  RACHEL D. GEBAIDE &  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE JUNE 26, 2014 This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ruling of a lower appellate court that President Obama’s recess appointments of three National Labor Relations…

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance Regarding the New Home Care Final Rules

BY:  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE JUNE 23, 2014 Last September, we reported that the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) had issued final regulations significantly narrowing the “companionship services” exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).…

President Obama to Sign Executive Order Banning Federal Contractor Discrimination on the Basis of Employee Sexual Orientation

BY:  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE JUNE 17, 2014 The White House announced this week that President Obama plans to sign an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their…

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies the Meaning of “Prospective Waivers” of FMLA Rights

BY:  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE & RACHEL D. GEBAIDE MAY 30, 2014 It is well-settled federal law that an employee may not waive “prospective” rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), but an employee can…

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Severance Payments are Taxable Wages Under FICA

BY:  RACHEL D. GEBAIDE &  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE MARCH 31, 2014 The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion last week in United States vs. Quality Stores, Inc., in which the Court ruled that severance payments…

President Obama to Ask Department of Labor to Issue Tougher Rules Regarding Overtime Pay for Salaried Employees

BY:  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE MARCH 14, 2014 The Obama Administration announced this week that it will ask the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to issue rules that increase the minimum salary that must be paid…