Light reading for your Fourth of July weekend

Well, maybe not light reading, but good reading about good news that you won't want to miss! Here are our bulletins and other publications from the last week, in case you missed them:

*Heather Owen is already shooting off Fourth of July fireworks at the FOCUS women's leadership blog because our firm was named this week by the National Law Journal as the fourth best law firm in the nation for women lawyers. The ratings are based in part on the sheer number of women lawyers, but also - and more importantly - on the number of women in partnership or leadership positions.

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*Defenders of attorney-client privilege and Truth, Justice, and the American Way are also celebrating, after a federal judge in Lubbock, Texas, preliminarily enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor "Persuader Rule," which otherwise would have taken effect today and would have required employers, and their labor consultants and attorneys, to report on various labor "persuader" activities to the federal government in publicly available form. David Phippen was right on top of things, with a feature-length article on the decision (as well as a lot of other good labor-related stuff) in the May-June Executive Labor Summary, which went out yesterday. And on Wednesday, Zan Blue of our Nashville Office had a pithy analysis. You'll want to read them both.

*You have probably heard that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to take a hard line against post-accident drug testing. According to OSHA, "blanket" post-accident testing may be a way that employers discourage employees from reporting workplace accidents or illnesses. But is the proposed OSHA position, which will take effect in August, really that bad? Our Workplace Safety practice group says probably not. Read our latest OSHA Update and find out which types of post-accident tests are expected to remain legal, and which are not.

*The transgender bathroom issue is fraught with strong feelings on both sides. But from a purely legal standpoint, does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have the authority under Title VII to tell employers who gets to use which restroom? According to Jill Stricklin of our Winston-Salem Office, that is not a sure bet, and she tells you why in the June edition of the Appellate Spotlight.

Have a great Fourth of July!

Image Credit: From flickr, Creative Commons license, by Aaron Brinker.

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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