Author Archives: Raymond R. Rinkol, Jr.
After a long, cold winter in isolation, most people are ready to get out and go somewhere, right? Not so fast, according to the CDC. “Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from Continue reading
On April 21, 2020, Ray Rinkol and Natalie Clouse presented “The FFCRA and Other COVID-19 Considerations for Employers To view the presentation click the headline listed above or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1wBZxzOWOI&feature=youtu.be .
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a notice that must be posted by each covered employer pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): FFCRA Notice
U.S. Supreme Court upholds arbitration agreements that waive class and collective actions and require individualized arbitration
Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Nos. 16-285, 16-300, 16-307 (US May 21, 2018). The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that employers and employees can agree to resolve disputes through individualized arbitration. In other words, if the employer and employee enter into an agreement to resolve disputes through individualized arbitration, the employee cannot later join with Continue reading
Melvin Morriss, III v. BNSF Railway Company, No. 14-3858 (8th Cir. 2016) The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that obesity, by itself, is not a disability under the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Following the Second and Sixth Continue reading
EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, No. 12-2484 (6th Cir. 2015) Reversing its prior opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that Ford Motor Company (“Ford”) is not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to allow an employee “to work from home on an as-needed basis, up to Continue reading
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently adopted a final rule amending its representation case procedures. Upon the filing of a representation petition, the NLRB determines whether an election should be conducted to decide if the employees will be represented for collective bargaining purposes with their employer. Effective April 14, 2015, the final rule will Continue reading
Larry Alexander v. Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, No. 13-2592 (8th Cir. 2014) The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that independent contractors are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Instead, these statutes Continue reading
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled (Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., No. 12-417 (US 2014)) that time spent donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) protective gear fell within the meaning of “changing clothes” of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and was thus noncompensable time pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.
United States Supreme Court Enforces a Three Year Statute of Limitations Period Contained in an ERISA Plan
Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 12-729 (US 2013) The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that a three year statute of limitations period, established by an employee benefit plan covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), which began to run from the date proof of loss is Continue reading