D.C. Circuit Lessens Burden of Proof for Title VII Job Transfer Claims

Daniel C. Deacon Jun 30 On June 3, 2022, the full court of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned long-standing precedent regarding the burden of proof a plaintiff must carry in pursuing a Title VII Claim.  In Chambers v. District of Columbia (D.C. Cir. 2022), the D. C. Circuit held in […]

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The Lowdown on Spousal IRAs

Have you recently left the job market to raise your kids, care for an elderly parent or pursue personal interests? Regardless of why you left and whether it’s temporary or long-term, you might still want to save for retirement while your spouse continues working. If so, tax-favored traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs might be good options […]

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US Supreme Court Splits the Baby on Arbitrability of PAGA Claims

By Megan S. Shaked and Samuel S. Rose In the latest chapter in the enforceability of employment arbitration agreements in California, the United States Supreme Court in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana (Viking River) weighed in on whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California Supreme Court precedent set in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation (2014) preventing the enforceability of California Private […]

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How Long Should You Keep Employee Records?

One of the most frequently asked questions is how long a company must retain employee records under various federal labor and employment laws. Here are the answers: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Under the FLSA, you must keep records for either two years or three years, depending on the type of document. Supplementary basic records (such […]

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Don’t Undermine Internal Fraud Investigations

For even the largest and most sophisticated organizations, internal fraud inquiries can pose numerous challenges that can send a case off track, cause legal expenses to skyrocket, and put your enterprise on the losing side. Ranging from lax investigations to not knowing enough about local law, here are examples of six mistakes that turned victory into defeat: 1. Avoid […]

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Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce

On June 7, 2022, Conn Maciel Carey LLP partners Kara Maciel and Jordan Schwartz interviewed EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling about the EEOC’s recent focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on workplace discrimination.  AI refers to a “machine-based system that can, for a given set of human-defined objectives, make predictions, recommendations or decisions influencing real or virtual environments.”[1]  […]

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A Chat with EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling: Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce in 2022 and Beyond 

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Kara Maciel and Jordan Schwartz presented a very special bonus event in Conn Maciel Carey’s 2022 Labor and Employment Webinar Series in the form of a panel webinar program regarding The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Workforce in 2022 and Beyond. On May 12, 2022, the EEOC issued a Technical Assistance (“TA”) document entitled, “The Americans […]

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Opening the Door to Home Office Deductions

Are you a business owner working from home as a sole proprietor or an entrepreneur with a home-based side gig? As long as you meet certain requirements, you may qualify for sizeable home office deductions, including write-offs attributable to everyday household expenses. However, you may be in for an unpleasant tax surprise when you sell your […]

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Is Cryptocurrency Right for Your Business?

Are any of your employees clamoring to receive compensation — either immediate or deferred — in Bitcoin or another type cryptocurrency? What about customers that want to pay with crypto? The bandwagon, if there is one for such uses, doesn’t appear to be speeding down the tracks yet. And for good reason: Crypto is notoriously volatile. […]

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Employment Law Updates in D.C., MD, VA and Illinois

On Thursday, May 19, 2022, Daniel C. Deacon and Ashley D. Mitchell presented a webinar regarding Employment Law Updates in D.C., MD, VA and Illinois. The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia have enacted or are considering a host of changes that employers need to keep track of in 2022, including increases to the minimum wage and amendments to anti-discrimination […]

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Staking Your Claim Fast and First

Once your invention has been sufficiently perfected and tested, you may want to try and sell it to the highest bidder. Of course, to secure some protection against a rip-off, you can file a patent application and market your invention with a “patent pending” status. Other parties may be liable for patent infringement if the patent […]

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 Watch Over Use of Your Company’s Computers

Today’s companies have their hands full trying to police employees so they don’t visit non-business Web sites or send offensive e-mails. Now, there’s another legal worry: Ensuring that your employees don’t download or store material in violation of federal copyright laws. Legal experts say employers could face potential liability for not prohibiting employees from downloading and […]

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