Labor & Employment


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Jul 2020

The Supreme Court Holds That Catholic School Teachers are “Ministers” and Cannot Bring Employment Discrimination Claims

By Luis F. Calvo On July 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision holding that Catholic schoolteachers cannot bring employment discrimination claims against the religious institutions that employ them. The Court reached its decision citing the so-called “ministerial exception,” based on the First Amendment’s protection of the rights of religious institutions “to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church...

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16

Jun 2020

The Supreme Court Extends Title VII Protections to LGBTQ Employees

  By Luis F. Calvo On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark 6-3 decision extending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibitions against discriminations “because of sex” to gay, lesbian, and transgender employees. As a result, “[a]n employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender” violates Title VII. The Supreme Court issued a single decision...

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29

Mar 2020

How to Receive Employer Tax Credit for Paid Sick Leave During Coronavirus

Written by David S. Hansen, Shareholder, Law Firm of ScottHulse, P.C. – Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization      Among the early stimulus/relief measures that the U.S. government passed earlier this month was a refundable tax credit for paid sick leave paid by certain employers under specified conditions. The IRS recently released some guidance regarding how employers receive...

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27

Mar 2020

Required Workplace Notice Posters for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Written by Stephen Venzor As we discussed in great detail last week on our Blog and Legal Updates, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) requires that certain employers provide paid leave for temporary additional reasons and paid sick leave for specified reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full summary can be found here. The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has now confirmed that FFCRA is to...

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19

Mar 2020

New Coronavirus Law Passed: Now What?

Updated 3/25/20 The Coronavirus outbreak has been declared a world-wide pandemic, requiring all citizens, including employers, to take certain measures to protect themselves and others. In response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which was signed into law on March 18, 2020. This law contains several provisions to increase funding for benefit programs,...

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16

Mar 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic and the Workplace: FAQs

The Coronavirus has been declared a world-wide pandemic, requiring all citizens, including employers, to take certain measures to protect themselves and others. Employers are strongly encouraged to keep updated on the latest guidance and instructions from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the federal, state and local authorities. In addition, the following will address frequently asked questions by employers on...

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09

Oct 2019

EPSHRM Legislative Seminar

On September 25, 2019, the Labor and Employment Section of ScottHulse presented a half-day seminar to the El Paso Society of Human Resources Management (EPSHRM). Topics covered included Harassment in the Workplace, When does HR cross into the Practice of Law, ADA Issues in the Workplace, and Immigration and Reform. ScottHulse attorneys who presented at this seminar were Rosemary Marin, Stephen Venzor, Blake Downey, Adrian...

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13

Mar 2019

Labor & Employment Seminar 2019 Recap

Thank you to all who attended last week’s 11th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar. We enjoyed seeing new faces among the ones we have come to know over the years, as well as the opportunity to speak-one on-one with many of you. It is our distinct pleasure to share this information every spring, and we hope it serves you and your company well in...

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08

Mar 2019

DOL Issues Its New Proposed Rule for Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its long-awaited replacement of the Obama administration’s controversial overtime rule, raising the minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions to $35,308 per year ($679 per week), from the previous $23,660 per year ($455 per week), which had been in effect since 2004. The new Proposed...

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21

Jan 2019

11th Annual ScottHulse Labor & Employment Law Seminar Set for March 7th

The 11th annual ScottHulse Labor & Employment Law Seminar is set for Thursday, March 7th at the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Administrative Services Center. The theme for this year’s seminar is “Back to School: Making Complex Human Resources Issues as Easy as 1-2-3”. The seminar, which is designed for human resource professionals, managers, supervisors, executives, business owners, and in-house legal counsel, will cover a...

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