- Written by Anthony Oceguera
Most employers are aware that Federal and State law require that they provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities. However, employers frequently fail to realize just how employee-friendly the laws relating to reasonable accommodation are, and end up making personnel decisions that expose them to potential liability. A recent California Court of Appeal decision, Atkins v. City of Los Angeles, serves as an important reminder of why it is critical that employers carefully consider their options when responding to requests for accommodation.
- Written by Gregory Blueford
As anticipated, the Trump Administration has slowed the appeal process on the injunction of the Obama Administration’s proposed changes to the federal overtime rules. You can read more about the proposed rule here, which would have increased the federal “white collar” overtime exemption from $23,660 to $47,476, and information about the injunction granted by a U.S. District Court (here).
Before President Trump’s inauguration, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) attempted to expedite the briefing process as it hoped (perhaps foolishly) that it could get the Court to hear the appeal before Trump took over. That did not happen. On February 17, 2017, the DOL requested, and was granted, their second extension to file its final brief, with the deadline now on May 1, 2017. In its unopposed motion, the DOL requested the additional time to “allow incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues.” This further request may be due to Andrew Puzder’s “withdrawal” from consideration as Secretary of Labor, or may be due to other interests that are priorities to the administration at this time.