Brian D. Pedrow

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, a federal judge enjoined the enforcement of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) against the state of Texas. Judge James Wesley Hendrix determined that a proxy voting rule in place during the COVID-19 pandemic violated the Quorum Clause of the United States Constitution. The rule allowed members of the House of Representatives to vote by proxy during the pandemic, meaning a member could vote by delegated proxy without being physically present.… Continue Reading

Non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants have drawn intense scrutiny from the federal government, as well as in several states, causing businesses to consider the enforceability of their agreements and how to protect their businesses. Jay Zweig recently sat down with Matt Crossman of the AccelPro Employment Law podcast to discuss the keys to effectively drafting and enforcing these agreements.… Continue Reading

On December 5, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States in Acheson Hotels, LLC v. Laufer, declined to substantively address a question businesses across the country have been eager to resolve: That is, whether a “tester” plaintiff has standing to sue a public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), despite having no intention of ever visiting the business.… Continue Reading

In a 3-2 decision in Zilka v. Tax Review Board, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the Commonwealth Court and sided with the City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue in a case addressing whether a City resident was entitled to a credit for state-level taxes paid to Delaware.

During the tax years at issue, the taxpayer was a resident of Philadelphia who worked full-time in Wilmington, Delaware. … Continue Reading

On November 9, 2023, a coalition of business advocacy groups led by the US Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas challenging the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) new final rule for determining joint employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).… Continue Reading

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently announced settlements with a number of companies whose separation agreements or internal policies the SEC viewed as impeding employees’ participation in the SEC’s whistleblower program, including privately-held companies not otherwise regulated by the SEC.

The Upshot

  • The SEC’s whistleblower program gives broad protections to individuals seeking to report potential violations of the securities laws, and has been aggressively enforced since its adoption in 2011.
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On August 18, 2023, in Hamilton v. Dallas County, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed decades of precedent by broadening the standard for what constitutes an actionable adverse employment action.

Previously, an adverse employment action for Title VII discrimination claims consisted of an “ultimate employment decision” such as “hiring, granting leave, discharging, promoting, and compensation.”… Continue Reading

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken steps to update the Merger Guidelines and overhaul the premerger notification process, each with a sharpened focus on the effect a merger may have on labor markets.

Companies will need to consider the impact of potential mergers on labor markets.… Continue Reading

In this podcast episode, we discuss the recent US Supreme Court ruling in the Students for Fair Admissions Inc.’s lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, which challenged the constitutionality of their race conscious admission policies. We’ll consider the potential implications across multiple settings, from university admissions policies, to workplace and other DEI programs.… Continue Reading