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DOL's Narrowed 'Companionship Services' Definition Vacated
The Department of Labor's narrowed definition of "companionship services" for a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption has been struck down as inconsistent with the law.

Benefits
Supreme Court Ruling May Eliminate Costs of Inconsistent Marriage Laws
The $1.3 billion annual cost resulting from the inconsistency of marriage laws from state to state may finally be lifted if the U.S. Supreme Court provides a uniform right for gay couples to marry in its upcoming decision about whether there is a fundamental right to same-sex marriage.

Paid Sick Leave Concerns California Employers
Even as the president called for a national paid-sick-leave law in the week leading up to the 2015 State of the Union address and during the speech, employers in California are struggling to comply with a state mandate for paid leave that takes effect July 1, 2015. 

Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
Whistle-Blowing Air Marshal Wins Supreme Court Case
The U.S. Supreme Court remains sympathetic to whistle-blowers; it ruled in favor of yet another one, even as it expressed concern about whether some whistle-blowing might endanger public safety.

Labor Relations
NLRB Decision that Baseball Cap Policy Banned Union Insignia Overruled
An employer's policy forbidding the wearing of all baseball caps other than company caps did not necessarily infringe on an employee's right to wear union insignia at work, an appeals court decided.

 

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