Fridays with Frank – Aug 23, 2019

Happy Friday!

I’m on vacation (or as close as I ever get to actually taking time off) with my family, so this week I’m going to share links to a few of the great articles I’ve been reading.

Is a New FLSA Overtime Rule Finally in the Homestretch?  Ok, I didn’t read this first article, I wrote it.  For many of us, trying to predict when—or even if—the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) overtime (a.k.a., minimum salary) rule will be updated has become like betting on a horse race. Com

What We Can Learn From the Long Beach Marriott About Preventing Workplace Shootings  In this article, my great friend, and attorney, Janette Levey Frisch (aka the “EmpLAWyerologist“) explains how employees and management at the Long Beach (CA) Marriott did the right things to stop—what likely would have been—another disastrous workplace shooting, and the lessons employers should learn before faced with similar circumstances.

Sex Discrimination Works Both Ways  In another enlightening article, Janette Levey Frisch explores how parental leave and compensation policies and practices that treat men and women differently can lead to charges of sex discrimination.

DOL Confirms FMLA Covers IEP Meetings With Therapists at School  My friends at Ogletree Deakins discuss a recent opinion letter from the federal DOL, Wage and Hour Division, that confirms a parent is entitled to job-protected time off from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to attend a meeting at school to discuss their child’s Individualized Education Program (“IEP”).

New York Expands Harassment Laws, Protections of Religious Attire, Clothing, or Facial Hair   Jackson Lewis provides our last article for this week’s Fridays with Frank.  In case you weren’t aware (and missed my July Daily Record article), recent updates to the New York State Human Rights Laws (“NYSHRL”) include significant changes that make it easier for employees to show they’ve been harassed, and much more difficult for employers to defend against almost any allegations. (Also, although not included in the Jackson Lewis article, NY State followed California’s lead with updates to the NYSHRL which now protect employees against discrimination based on “natural hairstyles or textures associated with race.)

Thanks for joining me, and have a great weekend and week ahead!

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