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April 14, 2014

Immigration Roundup: A Time for Renewal

It's hard to believe that it's been almost two years since the Obama administration first instituted the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program. But here we are, gearing up for the process of renewing the more than 125,000 two-year deferred action statuses and work permits granted in 2012.

April 10, 2014

Q&A: The Talk Federal Contractors Need to Initiate

The disability self-identification form issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs comes with a steep learning curve for federal contractors, says employment law attorney Mark P.A. Hudson of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll. "We have been taught in human resources to never ask the question about disability to job applicants and employees. We now are asking the question three times," Hudson said during this Q&A.

April 4, 2014

EEO Roundup: Are Federal Lawsuits That Claim Workplace Bias on the Wane?

The number of new federal court filings claiming employment discrimination dipped below 1,000 for the first two months of the year for the first time since 2006. Is this an indication of a true trend?

March 31, 2014

Immigration Roundup: It's That Time Again!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the days are getting longer. We all know what season has arrived. That's right: H-1B filing season.

March 26, 2014

Public Sector Roundup: More Private Sector Than Public Sector Workers Represented by Unions, Report Says

More private sector than public sector employees were covered by collective bargaining agreements in 2013, a reversal from four years earlier, according to a new Congressional Research Service report.  

March 21, 2014

EEO Roundup: Worker Background Check Issue Heats Up Again as Sixth Circuit Hears Oral Argument

Oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit March 20 and other recent developments show that the use of criminal and other employee background checks is still much on the minds of EEOC representatives and employer advocates.

March 17, 2014

Immigration Roundup: Barred From the Florida Bar

Jose Godinez-Samperio learned the hard way March 6 that Florida isn't California. Unlike in California, where undocumented immigrant Sergio Garcia was admitted to the state's bar in January, in Florida the state high court ruled that undocumented immigrants can't get law licenses in the state.

March 6, 2014

Q&A: All Eyes on EEOC’s Lawsuit Challenging Severance Agreement

A recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against CVS Pharmacy Inc. over provisions in a severance agreement has probably garnered the attention of employers who normally don't  pay close attention to EEOC litigation, says Philip K. Miles of McQuaide Blasko Law Offices.

March 3, 2014

Immigration Roundup: Enforcing Enforcement

The same week a House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the president's apparent failure to enforce immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General issued a report calling into question one of the administration's key immigration enforcement initiatives—Immigration and Customs Enforcement's work-site enforcement program. The report found discrepancies in the issuance of warnings versus fines, substantial reduction in fines ultimately imposed, and failure to keep accurate and up-to-date information on enforcement actions and outcomes.

February 26, 2014

Labor Stats and Facts: In Labor v. the South, the Numbers Are on the South's Side

In the wake of its Volkswagen loss, union leaders have vowed to organize workers in Southern states. But statistically speaking, the South is the least union-friendly spot on the U.S. map.

February 25, 2014

Public Sector Roundup: EEOC Seeks Comment on Draft Proposal to Revise Federal Sector Complaint Process

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a draft copy issued Feb. 24 is seeking public comment on what it called "significant revisions" to EEOC Management Directive 110 - guidance on the federal sector complaint process that first became effective in November 1999.  

February 21, 2014

EEO Roundup: Is Friendship a Basis for a Title VII Retaliation Claim?

Is an employee’s friendship with a co-worker who allegedly was subjected to discrimination or harassment and who complained to their employer, grounds for a retaliation claim under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act?

February 19, 2014

Q&A: Rethinking Veterans’ Employment for OFCCP Compliance

Understanding how military skills can transfer over to the civilian workplace may help federal contractors meet new hiring benchmarks in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' regulations under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act, says Lisa Rosser, chief executive officer and founder of Value of a Veteran, a human resources consulting firm. 

February 7, 2014

EEO Roundup: Federal Bill on Unemployment Status Bias Headlines Spate of Legislative Activity

Legislatures at the federal, state and local levels in the past few weeks enacted or proposed new laws aimed at further protecting employees from workplace discrimination

February 6, 2014

Q&A: Plaintiffs’ Counsel Muses on Employment Class Action Trends, Strategies

Attorney Andrew Melzer of Sanford Heisler LLP in New York discusses plaintiff-side tactics emerging in employment class action litigation, and explains why the plaintiffs' class action bar is still confident in the class certification process when pursuing discrimination cases.

February 3, 2014

Immigration Roundup: One Small Step for Boehner, One Giant Leap for Congress?

After much anticipation, House Republican leaders have finally released their "Standards for Immigration Reform," calling for a revamped electronic employment eligibility verification system, a new visa system based on employers' needs, and legal status for undocumented immigrants. Although reviews of the principles have been varied, most observers said the release is a signal that the House is committed to passing immigration overhaul legislation this year.

January 26, 2014

EEO Roundup: Enforcement Agencies Signal Aspects of Their Agendas

Officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently offered some insights into the federal government’s EEO enforcement plans for 2014.

January 21, 2014

Immigration Roundup: A Special Pathway to Compromise

House Republicans' chief objection to the provisions of the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul bill (S. 744) that address the undocumented population has been the creation of a "special" pathway to citizenship. But Stuart Anderson, executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, recently authored a report comparing the consequences of S. 744's legalization provisions to those of the “two-stage approach” mentioned by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), potentially opening the door to a compromise.

January 15, 2014

Public Sector Roundup: OPM Proposes Changing Career Tenure Rule to Eliminate Mandate for Continuous Service

The Office of Personnel Management is proposing to change its current regulations on creditable service for career tenure for federal employees, the OPM said in a recent Federal Register notice outlining the proposed rule.  

January 7, 2014

Q&A: The EEOC Mediator Said What?

Colorado-based attorney Merrily Archer explains why she launched a national survey asking employers whether mediators in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs made certain comments and statements during the mediation process.

January 6, 2014

Immigration Roundup: Undocumented, but Not Barred From the Bar

Concluding a process that's taken nearly two years, the California Supreme Court Jan. 2 held that Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, should be admitted to the California Bar. This makes California the first state in the country to take such an action. The court found that California's recently passed A.B. 1024 is enough to get around a federal law banning states from granting public benefits to undocumented immigrants, and said Garcia's unauthorized presence and lack of federal work authorization don't justify withholding of a law license.

January 2, 2014

EEO Roundup: Might EEOC Conciliation Issue Be Headed to Supreme Court?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent big win regarding the agency's presuit conciliation requirements may mean the issue is ticketed for eventual U.S. Supreme Court review.

December 23, 2013

Q&A: Year-End Thoughts on EEOC Enforcement, Social Media Trends

Daniel A. Schwartz, an attorney at Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford, Conn., recaps his 2013 noteworthy moments in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement, and discusses how new and not-so-new mobile apps and social media sites are redefining the employment law landscape.

December 18, 2013

Labor Stats and Facts: September Is for Steelworkers, and Other Observations for 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a lively negotiating year, but some unions will be busier than others. Here’s a preview of who will be brushing up on their bargaining skills for each month.

December 13, 2013

EEO Roundup: Better 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' at Least When Swatting Flies in the Workplace

Is an employer justified in firing an employee for swatting a fly too enthusiastically?  That's just one of the questions potentially posed by an unusual case involving a Texas apartment leasing manager that recently made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

December 9, 2013

Immigration Roundup: The H-2B Wage Rule Saga Continues

The Department of Labor has again been dealt a setback in its quest to develop a workable methodology for determining prevailing wages under the H-2B low-skilled, nonagricultural guestworker program. Although the agency's current methodology—derived from an April interim final rule—remains intact, the en banc Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has ruled that the DOL can't use its new methodology to issue new prevailing wage determinations to employers that have already had their H-2B labor certification applications approved.

December 9, 2013

Q&A: A Quick Reality Check on HIV Employment Discrimination

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, the legal director of the Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP), tells Bloomberg BNA that the Americans with Disabilities Act plays a major role in protecting the rights of people with HIV because "employment discrimination against them is a continuing problem."

December 4, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Sequestration Will Be Worse in FY 2014, Center for American Progress Report Says

Sequestration, if it is allowed to continue through fiscal year 2014, will be even more damaging than it was in FY 2013, according to a recent report from the Center for American Progress.

November 25, 2013

Immigration Roundup: Is the DOL Changing Notice Requirements--Without Notice?

An issue is brewing over at the Department of Labor about the steps employers must take before they can hire foreign workers under the permanent labor certification program. In a case set to be heard Dec. 3 before the en banc Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, several advocacy groups have argued in amicus briefs that the DOL suddenly, and without warning, is denying labor certification based on a finding that the employer's efforts to notify and consider recently laid off American workers for the open positions didn't meet the regulatory requirements.

November 25, 2013

Labor Stats and Facts: Unionization Is Up in 2013, For One Very Big Reason

At first glance, it looks as if 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year for unions. More workers have been organized through NLRB-sanctioned elections in the first half of the year than over the entire course of 2012. But there’s more to this than meets the eye, because there's one single, gigantic outlier involved.

November 21, 2013

Q&A: Do Tougher Pleading Standards Affect Plaintiffs’ Summary Judgment Results?

Professor Jonah B. Gelbach of the University of Pennsylvania Law School talks about research that shows the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal have had little effect on plaintiffs' win rates in summary judgment motions in employment discrimination cases.

November 19, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Federal Workers in D.C. Can Participate in Certain Political Activities, OPM Says

Federal employees living in the District of Columbia will be able to participate in certain types of local political activities under a recently issued final rule from the Office of Personnel Management.  

November 15, 2013

EEO Roundup: Background Checks Still Front Page News

The issue of employee background screening took center stage again earlier this month when the state of Texas sued in federal court, seeking to invalidate and bar the enforcement of 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on employers' review of arrest and conviction records.

November 12, 2013

Immigration Roundup: The $34 Million Question

The Department of Justice and Infosys Technologies Limited Inc., an international information technology company with headquarters in Bangalore, India, have settled allegations that the company was misusing B-1 business visitor visas in order to skirt the requirements of the H-1B highly skilled guestworker program. The $34 million the company has agreed to pay the federal government is the largest amount ever paid in an immigration case.

November 6, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: OMB Beginning 120-Day Review of Federal Clearance Process

The Office of Management and Budget is heading a 120-day review of the federal government's security clearance process, including the fitness of federal contractors for conducting such clearances.

November 1, 2013

EEO Roundup: But for “But-For”--The Impact of a Causation Standard

It is fair to say that the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, which established that workers alleging retaliation under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are subject to a heightened "but-for" standard of proof, agitated the plaintiffs’ bar.  It may also be fair to say that their agitation was justified.

October 28, 2013

Immigration Roundup: Rights Versus Numbers?

Oxford University professor Martin Ruhs argues that there is a correlation between a country's willingness to admit greater numbers of guestworkers and its reluctance to grant them rights, opining that restricting at least certain rights and focusing on "core rights" could lead to more countries being willing to admit more guestworkers. But that is a question of ethics that has "no one right answer," he says.

October 23, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Federal Workers Are to Accrue Benefits for Shutdown Period, OPM Memo Says

In addition to receiving retroactive pay for the period of the 16-day partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1, federal civilian employees-whether or not they were told to report to work during the shutdown-will accrue annual and sick leave, retirement credit and other benefits for the shutdown period, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

October 21, 2013

EEO Roundup: State Law Developments Lead the Way

The past few weeks delivered a comparative flurry of key state law changes or near changes, including notable developments and potential developments in New York, California and Massachusetts.

October 16, 2013

Q&A: Responding to an EEOC Charge Is Like Playing Chess

Bloomberg BNA spoke with Michael Petkovich, a partner, and Amanda Vaccaro, an associate, in Jackson Lewis LLP's Washington, D.C. area office after they presented a session at a firm-sponsored workplace law symposium on handling a charge issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

October 15, 2013

Immigration Roundup: California Raising the Bar

California has become the first state to affirmatively allow its supreme court to admit undocumented attorneys to the bar as long as they meet all the other admission requirements, addressing one of the key questions that came up during oral arguments before the California Supreme Court in the case of Sergio Garcia. The issue was whether the federal welfare reform law bars the state from granting law licenses to undocumented immigrants. A subsection of the federal law allows states to specifically authorize the granting of benefits, including law licenses, to undocumented immigrants—and that is exactly what A.B. 1024 does.

October 4, 2013

EEO Roundup: EEOC Hits Fiscal Bottom Running

With the partial government shutdown, the end of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's fiscal year Sept. 30 in most ways couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time. However, the agency still managed to round off the year with its usual flurry of new lawsuit filings.  

October 3, 2013

Q&A: A Glimpse Into Defending Workers’ Discrimination Claims

Avi Kumin, a partner at Katz, Marshall and Banks in Washington, discusses the world of plaintiff-side employment law post-Nassar, judicial reviews of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's conciliation efforts, and other topics affecting employment rights litigation.

September 30, 2013

Immigration Roundup: Will an Overhaul Happen?

As Congress battles over a funding measure that would prevent the imminent shutdown of the federal government—to be followed by debate over the debt ceiling—the prospect of lawmakers returning to legislation overhauling the nation's immigration system appears uncertain. But despite the loss of momentum at the end of June, advocates remain optimistic that there will be a vote either late this year or early next.

September 25, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Administration Told to Insist on Back Pay for Federal Workers If Shutdown Occurs

If the Obama administration and Congress are unable to agree on a plan for funding the government past the Sept. 30 end of the current fiscal year, the White House should fight to ensure that federal employees who are idled for the period of any partial government shutdown get back pay, a federal employee union official said in a recent letter.

September 23, 2013

Q&A: U.S. Multinationals Must Understand Local EEO Issues

It's not a small world after all when it comes to crafting anti-discrimination policies and practices for a global workforce,  Donald C. Dowling Jr. tells BNA. Dowling is an employment law attorney who advises U.S.-based multinational employers on human resources policies.

September 20, 2013

EEO Roundup: Obesity as a Disability—EEOC’s Feldblum Comments

EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum reveals that the commission currently has no plans to revisit the issue of the coverage of obese and overweight workers under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

September 16, 2013

Immigration Roundup: A California Law License for Undocumented Immigrants?

The question of whether states can admit undocumented immigrants to the bar has again risen to the fore with the California Supreme Court considering the case of Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who worked his way through law school and passed the bar exam. Regardless of the court's ultimate decision, state lawmakers may have a workaround: a bill (A.B. 1024) affirmatively allowing law licenses for individuals who are "not lawfully present in the United States." The measure passed the California Legislature Sept. 12, and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto it.

September 11, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Proposed Rule Would Allow Compensatory Time Off for Religious Observances

Federal employees would be permitted to earn compensatory time off for religious observances within 26 pay periods (52 weeks) of taking the time off under a new proposed rule from the Office of Personnel Management.

September 3, 2013

Immigration Roundup: E-Verify Changes on the Horizon

Ahead of a likely legislative requirement that the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system be made mandatory for all U.S. employers, the National Immigration Law Center recently released a report warning that the way the system works now could mean that hundreds of thousands of work-authorized individuals might face negative impacts from mismatches between their information and what’s contained in government records.  

August 28, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Countdown to a Government Shutdown?

President Obama and congressional Republicans are no closer to a broad agreement on budget issues than they were six months ago, but the Sept. 30 end of fiscal year 2013 - and the mid-October date on which the U.S. government is expected to exhaust its ability to borrow funds - are approaching rapidly.

August 23, 2013

EEO Roundup: A Reawakening of Religious Bias Claims?

If it seems that we are seeing more and more workplace religious discrimination claims lately, the facts bear that out. Although dipping slightly last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has experienced a significant increase in yearly religious bias charge filings from 1997 to 2012—rising from 1,709 in 1997 to 4,151 in 2012.

August 22, 2013

Labor Stats and Facts: Strike Recession Continues, With No Recovery in Sight

Many labor and employment indicators are climbing their way up from the rock-bottom levels of the recession, but union strike activity doesn’t appear to be one of them.

August 19, 2013

Immigration Roundup: Happy Birthday, DACA

One year has passed since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, and DACA’s Aug. 15 birthday was celebrated as a success for the young, undocumented immigrants who benefited from the program and used as a rallying call for more permanent, legislative changes to the country’s immigration system.

August 14, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Interagency Cooperation Should Be Rule, Not Exception, Partnership Says in Report

The federal government needs to encourage interagency cooperation on a regular basis and not just when it is faced with emergencies, according to a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton.

August 9, 2013

EEO Roundup: Wal-Mart, CRST Headline Employers’ Banner Run in Courts

Wal-Mart Stores and trucking company CRST Van Expedited were among the big winners in what was a successful stretch for employers in defending against workplace bias claims.

August 1, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Sen. Coburn to Block OPM Director Nomination Over ACA's Treatment of Legislative Branch

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has announced his intent to put a hold on President Obama's nominee for the position of director of the Office of Personnel Management until the administration provides more details regarding the status of members of Congress and their staffs under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

July 26, 2013

EEO Roundup: EEOC Nixes Further Furloughs, Cautions Against Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

In a busy few weeks for EEOC, the agency decided that it would not be imposing additional furloughs on its employees, and commission attorneys warned employers about the perils of using criminal background checks and social media information in hiring and other decisions.

July 17, 2013

Labor Stats and Facts: Experts' Employment Predictions for 2013-14

When Bloomberg BNA recently asked 19 prominent economists to predict the near future of the U.S. economy, they predicted that job growth will continue to help strengthening the economy through 2013 and into 2014.

July 17, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Obama Plan for Modifying Federal Employees' Compensation Act Benefits Aired at Hearing

The Obama administration's proposal for modifying the Federal Employees' Compensation Act program faced a somewhat chilly reception during a recent hearing, with Democrats on a House panel and some hearing witnesses criticizing provisions that would reduce workers' compensation benefits for injured federal and postal employees with dependents.

July 16, 2013

Q&A: Some Tricky Aspects of Anti-Harassment Training, Retaliation Claims

Margaret M. DiBianca, an attorney with Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, explains how employers can improve their anti-harassment training sessions for employees and pinpoints the Achilles' heel of most training sessions. She also offers practical advice for employers on avoiding retaliation claims.

July 12, 2013

EEO Roundup: Nassar, Vance, Windsor Provide Fodder for Employment Law Seminars

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings on workplace retaliation, who is a "supervisor" under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and gay marriage have provided legal talking heads with a summertime bounty for enlightening discourse.

July 8, 2013

Immigration Roundup: It’s Your Move, House

All eyes are now on the House after the Senate June 27 passed an amended version of S. 744, the comprehensive immigration overhaul bill introduced in April by the bipartisan “gang of eight.” But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is continuing to press forward with his “step-by-step approach” to overhauling the immigration system despite repeated calls from Democratic committee members to tackle the issue comprehensively, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he doesn’t plan on addressing the Senate bill.

July 8, 2013

Congressional Roundup: A Busy Month Ahead

Congress returned July 8 from its week-long recess for the July Fourth holiday, and already a number of labor- and employment-related issues are cropping up on Capitol Hill. With the two chambers set to take a month off in August, lawmakers will certainly stay busy through July. 

July 3, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: Pay Bill Would Equalize Treatment of Hourly, Salaried Federal Workers in Same Location

Blue-collar Federal Wage System employees working in the same locations as their white-collar federal General Schedule counterparts would be treated as being in the same locality pay areas under legislation introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.).

July 1, 2013

Q&A: Mid-Year Snapshot on EEOC Activity

Proskauer Rose attorney Leslie E. Silverman shares her views on how 2013 is shaping up, so far, for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its stakeholders. The Washington, D.C.-based lawyer served as the vice chair of EEOC and a commissioner from 2002 to 2008.

June 28, 2013

EEO Roundup: Justices Grab Headlines, but Lower Court Watch Still Essential

While the U.S. Supreme Court issued significant decisions that likely will change the legal landscape for employment discrimination attorneys and their clients, there is the risk that important lower federal court rulings may fly under the radar.

June 24, 2013

Immigration Roundup: DACA Turns One

A year after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the launch of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, over 360,000 young, undocumented immigrants have been approved out of a total of close to 540,000 applications. But DACA hasn’t made it through the past year without some bumps along the way.

June 19, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: White House Suspends Awards Program for Top Federal Employees for FY 2013

The Presidential Rank Awards Program, which provides monetary awards for federal career executives, has been suspended for fiscal year 2013, an administration official said last week.

June 19, 2013

Q&A: Practitioner’s Mid-Year Outlook on OFCCP Enforcement

Attorney Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani of Norton Rose Fulbright tells Bloomberg BNA what she thinks are key developments to emerge in 2013 from the Office of Federal Compliance Programs. She also discusses OFCCP's budget justification for fiscal year 2014, which outlines the agency's funding proposals and enforcement priorities.

June 18, 2013

Q&A: Five Areas of Employment Discrimination Law Sparking Scholarly Interest

Legal scholarship sometimes gets a bad rap for being too theoretical to address the complexities of modern society, but this isn't the case for legal scholarship on employment discrimination law, explains law professor Paul M. Secunda.

June 14, 2013

Labor Stats and Facts: Union Workers' Benefits Don't Outpace Nonunion Benefits; They Lap Them

I recently suggested that the long-established gap between the wages earned by union workers and those earned by nonunion workers may be narrowing a bit. BLS has just released a report indicating that the gap in benefits, on the other hand, is showing no such sign of diminishing.

June 14, 2013

EEO Roundup: Justices Decide One Case With Employment Law Implications, Pass on Two Others

The U.S. Supreme Court was a lead player the past two weeks in shaping the legal landscape for employment discrimination lawyers and their clients, issuing a decision in the ultra-hot area of class arbitration that carries clear implications for employers and employees, and declining to review a pair of employment discrimination cases that presented weighty questions seemingly warranting further consideration.

June 10, 2013

Immigration Roundup: Targeting Day Laborers Can Get You in Hot Water

The Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office—headed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio—and the League City, Texas, Police Department recently learned the hard way that targeting day laborers does not comport with the U.S. Constitution. A federal judge in Arizona ruled that MCSO deputies could not base decisions of whether to stop a car for a traffic violation and to investigate passengers’ immigration status on the Hispanic race of the car’s occupants, while a federal magistrate judge in Texas ruled that League City police violated day laborers' free speech rights by using a state law against roadway solicitation to crack down specifically on their activity.

June 6, 2013

Public Sector Roundup: OPM Issues `Phased Retirement' Proposal to Allow Part-Time Work for Future Federal Retirees

Federal employees who are retirement-eligible would be able to transition from full-time to part-time status, while continuing to earn additional retirement benefits, under a new proposed rule from the Office of Personnel Management.