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Feature of the Month
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Feature of the Month Between 2003 and 2013, the number of federal claims brought by employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act rose from 4,055 to 7,764. Issues that commonly arise in relation to wages include
Supreme Court Invalidates DOMA's Definitions of "Marriage" and "Spouse"
Thursday, June 27, 2013

On June 26, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section Three of the federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") as unconstitutional because it deprives individuals of equal liberty protections provided by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

Employee is a "Supervisor" under Title VII only if empowered to take Tangible Employment Actions, according to the Supreme Court
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Employer liability in a Title VII harassment cases is affected by whether the alleged harasser is a coworker or supervisor.

Supreme Court requires Employees to demonstrate "But For" Causation for Title VII Retaliation Claims
Thursday, June 27, 2013

On June 24, the United States Supreme Court held that a Title VII plaintiff must prove that retaliation was not just a motivating factor in an adverse employment action but instead was the determinative factor.

Study offers Tips for Driving Employee Engagement and Attracting New Employees
Thursday, June 27, 2013

According to a recent study commissioned by Randstad and featured in CCH Daily Document Update, flexible work arrangements, rewards for high performance, training and skill enhancement opportunities, and an organization's overall corporate culture go a long way toward cultivating employee engagement.

OSHA issues Direct Final Rule Proposal on General Industry and Construction Warning Signage
Friday, June 21, 2013

As part of an ongoing effort to update regulations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has commenced direct final rulemaking to update references to ANSI consensus standards in regulations containing specifications for accident prevention signs and tags, among other things.

Less than Twenty Percent of Disabled Individuals were Employed in 2012, according to BLS Survey
Friday, June 21, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 17.8% of disabled individuals were employed in 2012, whereas the employment-population ration for non-disabled individuals was at 63.9% for the same period. While the data
Text Message requesting Schedule Change due to Family Emergency Insufficient Request for FMLA Leave
Friday, June 21, 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a hospital business analyst was not entitled to trial on an FMLA claim related to her termination.

Feature of the Month:

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Laws regarding medical marijuana and the workplace have been under constant development over the past few years, with recent developments occurring in just the past few weeks. Now more than ever, Hawaii employers may be confused about how to apply their drug-free workplace policies to applicants or employees who fail a drug test due to medical marijuana usage.

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