The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) focus on harassment in the workplace – and construction employers specifically – is no secret. The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for 2024-2028 specifically mentions construction as an industry where barriers in recruitment and hiring are of specific concern and includes combatting systemic harassment as one of the EEOC’s

Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced a settlement it “secured” which required a company to rescind certain work rules and pay two discharged employees $297,000. Of note, the workers were not discharged for violating the alleged unlawful work rules. In addition, the workplace was not unionized and no union organizing activity had occurred.

Ohio employers with plans to enforce non-compete agreements may have to think again in light of a recent Ohio Appellate Court decision. In Kross Acquisition Co. v. Groundworks Ohio, 2024-Ohio-592, the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s refusal to enforce an agreement barring a former Kross employee from competing against Kross and

On March 5, 2024, in State ex rel. Dillon v. Indus. Comm., Slip Opinion No. 2024-Ohio-744, the Supreme Court of Ohio overruled its prior authority in State ex rel. Russell v. Indus Comm., 82 Ohio St.3d 516 (1998), which has been the law of the land since 1998, holding that the Industrial Commission of

On February 27, Judge James Hendrix from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that the federal government cannot enforce the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) against the state of Texas as an employer.


The PWFA went into effect on June 27, 2023 and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations

In a move that gave hope to many business groups, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked a controversial new National Labor Relations Board “joint employer” rule on February 22. The new rule, which had been set to take effect on February 26, is designed to make it easier for the NLRB to label businesses

Approximately 21 states and several municipalities have enacted laws that prohibit inquiries by employers into the salary history of applicants.  These laws are based primarily on the arguments that: 1) salary history does not accurately reflect an applicant’s qualifications and capabilities, or the market standard for similar positions; 2) relying on the salary history of

As an update to our prior client alert addressing the enactment of R.C. §4123.56(F), there has been a recent decision in State ex rel. Butler v. Indus. Comm., 10th Dist. Franklin No. 22AP-274, 2023-Ohio-3774 holding that a claimant is no longer required to prove that the inability to work is solely due to

In Glacier Northwest, Inc., v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters the Supreme Court recently ruled that employers can seek tort claims against unions who purposefully destroy employer property during labor disputes.

Glacier Northwest is a concrete company in Washington state, and had a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No.