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Public Employees, Pagers and Privacy

The Court’s opinion, written by Justice Kennedy, decided not to decide “the whole concept of privacy expectations in communications made on electronic equipment owwned by a government employer.” Instead the Court decided the case applying basic Fourth Amendment principles, and decided that regardless of the employee’s privacy expectations, the search here was reasonable on settled Fourth Amendment grounds.

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Getting Paid for Getting Dressed

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a new interpretation of donning and doffing requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act, bringing the Department’s interpretation in line with recent court decisions. The issue is whether employees should be paid for putting on and taking off clothing before and after work.

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Corporations Cannot Appear in Court Without an Attorney

The current economy may cause corporations to try to cut costs by having a non-attorney such as a corporate officer appear in court on their behalf.  After all, individuals can appear in court pro se (representing themselves without an attorney).  Foregoing legal representation is not a good strategy in Washington State, however, because the state’s […]

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Breastfeeding Moms at Work

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was recently amended to allow nursing mothers to take unpaid breaks to express breast milk at work.  This amendment is codified at 29 U.S.C. 207(r)(1).  It requires an employer to provide a “reasonable” break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year […]

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Untangling the Maze of Disability Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released an online guide to help employers determine which federal disability laws apply to their businesses or organizations.  Called the elaws Disability Nondiscrimination Advisor, it is a series of online questions to direct the user to the appropriate laws and to provide guidance on how they are implemented.  It […]

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COBRA SUBSIDY EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 31, 2010

Congress has extended the subsidy for COBRA benefits through May 31, 2010.  The previous extension of the COBRA subsidy had expired on March 31, 2010.  The COBRA subsidy provides a 65% health insurance premium subsidy for up to 15 months to qualified employees who are involuntarily terminated from their employment between September 1, 2008 and […]

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