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Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd announced that veteran labor and employment lawyer Lisa R. Claxton has joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Greenville office. Lisa has extensive experience investigating, researching, analyzing and advising businesses on complex employee relations issues. She represents businesses in employment litigation before federal, state and local regulatory agencies in matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate and wrongful termination. She is also experienced in governmental law, having established Spartanburg…
South Carolina’s Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) spearheaded two pieces of legislation, a pay equity act and a lactation act, for the South Carolina 2019 Legislative Session. “An Act to Establish Pay Equity,” was announced in a press conference held at the Statehouse on Monday, January 14, 2019. Legislators intend to introduce the bill this week. The “South Carolina Lactation Support Act,” bill 3200, was introduced on January 8, 2019 with…
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) held public listening sessions on October 30, 2018 to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, the 2016 “Overtime Rule.” Sessions were held in Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, Kansas City, MO, Denver, CO, Providence, RI, and Washington DC. A review of the actual transcripts reveals that many different interests presented comments, including human resource professionals, small business, nonprofits, employees, employers,…
In Morin v. Innegrity, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals permitted a member of an LLC that was performing services for the LLC to recover unpaid wages under the South Carolina Payment of Wages Act (SCPWA or the Act).  Though the parties did not raise the issue, the case presented an interesting question about whether the protections of the Act extend to service members of an LLC.  (Note that in the ensuing discussion…
When it comes to accommodating clients’ needs, whether your website is accessible to those with vision, hearing, or cognitive disabilities is not often a concern that readily comes to mind. However, lawsuits regarding web accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are being filed at an increasing rate. Lawsuits filed in federal court in 2018 are expected to surpass 2017 filings by 30%. This begs the question: what makes a website accessible? This question…
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Employment Law Group is pleased to announce the schedule for our upcoming Employment Law Seminars. HR professionals are invited to join us for a program that will cover a number of current topics in employment law. These complimentary seminars have been submitted for 3.0 hours of SHRM, HRCI and CLE continuing education credits. Our speakers will present on the following topics: Tips on Implementing a Different Approach to Harassment & Discrimination in the Workplace Aging Workforce Immigration Law…
On July 31, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) signed an agreement that sets guidelines for inter-agency collaboration to combat suspected employer non-compliance with immigration laws. The agencies have agreed to share resources, including records, and education and training where necessary, and refer cases to one another when an agency learns of employer non-compliance.…
It is no secret that more U.S. workers are electing to put off retirement and remain in the workforce longer. Given the current labor shortage (lowest unemployment rate in 18 years), this is great news for companies as retaining experienced workers decreases turnover cost and provides immeasurable value in other areas of corporate performance. However, there is a tendency among some companies to “get younger” since experienced workers are often the most highly compensated employees…
In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s grant of a preliminary injunction on President Donald Trump’s September 2017 proclamation – Proclamation No. 9645, more commonly known as the “travel ban.” Proclamation 9645 restricted entry into the United States by citizens of Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Chad (subsequently removed from the list), Libya, Yemen and Venezuela. The majority held that the authority to suspend the entry of aliens…