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Apr
07

How does Alabama’s stay-at-home order impact Families First Act?

On Friday, April 3, 2020, Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris signed a stay-at-home order which closed all nonessential businesses and workplaces. The question many employers are asking is whether the stay-at-home order triggers emergency paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA a.k.a. Families First Act).

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Mar
19

COVID-19 and the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is another federal law that employers with more than 15 employees need to be considering during this time. Generally, the ADA prohibits medical examinations and inquiries under typical or standard conditions. Those general guidelines give way during a pandemic when the safety of all employees may be at issue.

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Apr
17

Sexual orientation discrimination goes to Supreme Court second time

Update on Bostock and Zarda: On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted writs of certiorari for both of these cases. That means that the Supreme Court will give both cases a “full” appeal. We anticipate the court will issue a decision later this year or early next year. Stay tuned!

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Nov
06

No size requirement for local governments to be sued for age discrimination

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, a case we have been tracking over the last year. The ruling expands the scope of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to allow claims against local and state government entities regardless of their size. Now, based on the unanimous vote of the Supreme Court, any employee of a local or state government can sue for age discrimination.

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Aug
07

FMLA certification questions cause major headaches

In a case decided just last month, a federal court in Alabama illustrated the potential risk of making a fairly simple mistake under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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