Management Update
Volume 2, Issue 2
February 2013

Management Update Briefing
RESCHEDULED-NEW DATE  
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. presents Management Update Briefing, a half-day labor and employment law seminar.
 
Date

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Registration begins at 8:00 AM   

Briefing is from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

  
Location
Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.  

LL&E Tower, Suite 1500
909 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-4004

 

Cost

$15.00 per attendee

 

Agenda 

 

8:15-9:00 - Registration

 

9:00-9:20 - Introduction

E. Fredrick Preis, Jr.

 

9:20-10:00 - Defending an Attack on Your Wage & Hour Program

E. Fredrick Preis, Jr. and Rachael Jeanfreau

 

10:00-10:40 - Reducing the Risk of Emerging Discrimination Issues (ADA, GINA, and Harassment)

Eve B. Masinter

 

10:40-11:00 - Break

 

11:00-11:40 - Preparing for the NLRB and Unions in 2013

E. Fredrick Preis, Jr. and Joseph R. Hugg

 

11:40-12:00 - Question & Answer Session

Three Labor & Employment Attorneys Honored

E. Fredrick Preis, Jr. was named to New Orleans CityBusiness' "Leadership in Law" class of 2013. This year marks the third time that Fred has been named to "Leadership in Law", and he will be inducted into the Leadership in Law Hall of Fame.  

 

Louisiana Super Lawyers has recognized Eve B. Masinter for Employment & Labor, and named Joseph R. Hugg as a Rising Star for Employment & Labor.

Board Rules DirecTV Handbook Policies Interfered with Employees' NLRA Rights

On January 25, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found unanimously that DirecTV had issued unlawful policies forbidding employees from communicating with the media and/or law enforcement officials. The board found the policy could reasonably be interpreted as prohibiting activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act. The board also found that DirecTV's "clarification" of the rules was not timely or effective. The full board decision and other documents can be found here. DirecTV U.S. DirecTV Holdings LLC, 359 N.L.R.B. No. 54, 1/25/13.

2012 EEOC Statistics Show Nearly 100,000 Descrimination Charges

On January 28, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the fiscal year 2012 enforcement and litigation statistics. The statistics show nearly 100,000 job bias charges were filed in 2012, down slightly from the previous year. The most frequently filed charges were retaliation (37,836), race (33,512) and sex discrimination (30,356). In 2012, the EEOC also completed 240 systemic investigations resulting in 46 settlement agreements, continuing the focus on systemic patterns of discrimination in the workplace.

  

The fiscal year 2012 enforcement and litigation statistics, which include trend data, are available on the EEOC's website. 

Employers' OSHA 300A Forms Due Feb. 1

All employers who are required to keep OSHA Form 300, the Injury and Illness Log, are required to post Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, in a common area of the workplace from February 1 through April 30. The form is available here.

13 States See Rise in Union Membership

As union memberships fell across the United States, 13 states and the District of Columbia saw an increase in union membership in 2012. Even as the economy rose slightly in 2012, union saw losses in both the public and private sector. Seven states make up over half the union members nationwide they are: California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. These states also make up about one third of all employment nationally.

Court Rules Recession Appointments Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that President Obama violated the Constitution in making three recess appointments to the NLRB. The court said the president could only fill vacancies when the Senate is in an official recess. President Obama claims that he acted properly because the Senate was on their 20-day holiday recess. The Constitution allows the president to make appointments without the Senate approval when the Congress is in recess. The GOP claims the Senate was in session. They used pro forma sessions, a tactic used by Democrats in the past to prevent the president from using his recess power. The GOP had blocked Obama's appointments for over a year making the NLRB powerless without the required members. This court ruling calls into question the validity of all board decisions since the appointments.

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

On January 1, 2013, the Senate and the House passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("Act"). The President signed the Act into law on January 2, 2013. Final passage of the Act prevented tax increases to most Americans that would have gone into effect automatically upon the expiration of the so-called "Bush Tax Cuts" on December 31, 2012, as well as massive spending cuts required by the sequestration process. The Act accomplishes this in part by making "permanent" the tax relief, for certain taxpayers, provided in The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 ("EGTRRA") and The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 ("JGTRRA"). To read a complete article written by BSW tax partner, Lance Kinchen, reviewing some of the key provisions of the Act, visit here

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. Labor and Employment Attorneys
John T. Andrishok

john.andrishok@bswllp.com

225.381.8020

Murphy J. Foster, III

murphy.foster@bswllp.com

225.381.8015

Leo C. Hamilton

leo.hamilton@bswllp.com

225.381.8056

Joseph R. Hugg

joseph.hugg@bswllp.com

504.584.5466

 

Rachael Jeanfreau

rachael.jeanfreau@bswllp.com

504.584.5467

Steven B. Loeb

steven.loeb@bswllp.com

225.381.8050

Eve B. Masinter

eve.masinter@bswllp.com

504.584.5468

Yvonne R. Olinde 

yvonne.olinde@bswllp.com

225.381.8026

E. Fredrick Preis, Jr.

fred.preis@bswllp.com

504.584.5470

Jacob E. Roussel

jacob.roussel@bswllp.com

225.381.3172

Melissa M. Shirley

melissa.shirley@bswllp.com

225.381.3173

Jennifer D. Sims

jennifer.sims@bswllp.com

225
Jerry L. Stovall

jerry.stovall@bswllp.com

225.381.8042

 

 

 

 
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