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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 9 Jul 2014

Ninth Circuit rejects bona fide occupational qualification defense for sex discrimination

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has decided a complex case brought by sheriff's deputies against the City and County of San…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 30 Jun 2014

Supreme Court announces new incursions into public-sector union security

On the last day of the current term, a divided Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment limits the ability of public-sector unions to capture…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 26 Jun 2014

Supreme Court schools President on recess: decision in Noel Canning invalidates Obama's 2012 appointments to NLRB

Today, a unanimous Supreme Court held that President Obama's January 2012 appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 25 Jun 2014

Changes ahead for FMLA spouse definition

The Department of Labor (DOL) will soon publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 23 Jun 2014

Everybody's got the fever: sick leave comes to Eugene

Last week, the City Council of Eugene, Oregon voted 6-2 to develop an ordinance that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 20 Jun 2014

BOLI raises the stakes on veterans' preference for public employers

A recent decision from the Commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries ("BOLI") raised the stakes on violations of veterans' preference…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 19 Jun 2014

Supreme Court clarifies scope of First Amendment protections for public employees

In Lane v. Franks et al., the Supreme Court unanimously held today that when a public employee testifies truthfully outside of the scope of ordinary…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 6 Jun 2014

Does the NLRB like your social media policy?

A recent decision from the National Labor Relation Board's ("NLRB's") Division of Judges further exemplifies the NLRB's proactive approach in…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 22 May 2014

Hot wings, chilling effect

Earlier this week, a National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") judge found that a Hooters franchise in Ontario, California had unlawfully fired a…
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Barran Liebman LLP | USA | 19 May 2014

Oregon Court strikes down same-sex marriage ban: what does it mean for employers?

Today, the federal court for the District of Oregon struck down Oregon's 2004 state constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between one…
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