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Lawffice Space
Pennsylvania and federal labor and employment law blog
Pennsylvania and federal labor and employment law blog

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Lawffice Links - Wages, Statutory Interpretation, and the Oxford Comma
We hold these truths to be self evident, that paragraph indentations should be reduced from .5 to .3, that one period between sentences is better than two, and that you should always use the Oxford comma. As I sometimes do with issues that have already been...

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11th Circuit on Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII
On Friday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Evans v. Georgia Reg. Hosp . The plaintiff alleged that she was discriminated against on the basis of her sexual orientation in violation of Title VII. Of course, Title VII does not spec...

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Employers and the transgender bathroom issue
Most of the focus on the transgender bathroom issue has been placed on students. What about employees? As I've covered previously, there's some intersection between the student and employee issues . Put simply: both Title IX (students) and Title VII (employ...

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Those Casey Affleck Sexual Harassment Complaints
Casey Affleck ( attribution ) It feels like there's a new awards show every single Sunday these days. I have proudly watched precisely 0 of them. That said, it's my understanding that Casey Affleck (brother of Ben, who is currently Batman) won the Academy A...

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Good employment lawyers vs. great employment lawyers
Grading papers for my employment law class forced me to think through what separated the good papers from the great papers; and then, that got me thinking "what separates great employment lawyers from good employment lawyers?" Here's what I came up with: Go...

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Lawffice Links - Some labor news
A few labor stories of interest: Long-rumored, but official as of yesterday: Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor . He had a slew of problems, including a housekeeper who worked for him illegally, advertising campaigns for his burger j...

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SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch on extended leave as a reasonable accommodation
I don't usually cover two-year old decisions from outside of my jurisdiction, but this case has (1) a hot employment law topic; and (2) the opinion was written by Judge Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. The decision is Hwang v. Kansas...

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3d Cir. on FMLA retaliation and the honest belief defense
On Monday, the Third Circuit issued a precedential opinion in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC . The employee had been certified for intermittent FMLA leave. One day he called off from work, invoking his intermittent FMLA leave... and proceeded to go to the lo...

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NEW CHART: EEOC Charge Data from FY 1997-2016
The EEOC just released its enforcement and litigation data for FY 2016 . You know what that means... updated chart! Overall, the number of charges increased for the second straight year to 91,503 (still far short of 99,000+ in 2010, 2011, and 2012). Not inc...

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SCOTUS on Employee Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements
On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a ton of cases  (16 for people who prefer precision). The exciting news on the employment law front is that the Court will hear three (now consolidated) cases addressing the issue of class action waivers in...
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