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  • Employer Provided Assistance for Employees Affected by the 2016 Flood By Kevin C. Curry and Carey J. Messina Many employers have a number of employees who were affected by the August 2016 flooding event in Louisiana.  These employers are looking for means to assist their employees in recovering from this significant disaster.  Employers have a number of options for providing disaster relief assistance to their [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Suspends Legal Delays Due to Flooding By Brittany Buckley Salup Chief Judge Brian Jackson issued an “Omnibus Order Suspending All Deadlines” for cases pending or to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  The Order explains that the court has been inaccessible—a key term in the Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure—since August 12, [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The Flood of 2016: Governor Edwards Amends Executive Order Suspending Running of Prescription, Peremption, and Legal Delays By Claire Juneau On August 17, 2016, Governor Edwards amended Executive Order JBE 2016-57 which had suspended the running of prescription, peremption, and all legal delays from August 12, 2016 until September 9, 2016. The amendment to Executive Order JBE 2016-57 modifies the suspension of deadlines as follows: Liberative prescription and peremptive periods continue to [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The Flood of 2016: Employment Issues For Businesses By A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Erin L. Kilgore and Brian R. Carnie As the flood waters begin to recede, and South Louisiana begins to dry out and recover from the recent flooding, Louisiana employers also face recovery issues, including how to address employee needs. Although there is no rule of thumb that applies to all [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The Final OT Rules Are Out – Time For Action! By Brian Carnie The wait is over (for better or worse) – the DOL has released its final rule concerning  changes to the salary requirements to be exempt from the overtime pay requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the final rule, the DOL has increased the minimum salary threshold that must be [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The New Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Provides Federal Remedies for Trade Secret Misappropriation By Jessica C. Engler On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”). Through the DTSA, claims for trade secret misappropriation will now have a basis in Federal law and Federal Courts will have jurisdiction over such claims. In addition to the new federal cause of [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • OSHA Announces Final Rule Making Information on Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Available Online By Scott D. Huffstetler Today, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced a final rule that will make information regarding workplace injuries and illnesses available online.  OSHA already requires many employers to keep a record of injuries and illnesses, but little or no information about worker injuries and illnesses at individual employers is made [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Frustrated with the NLRB’s Scrutiny of Employer Work Rules? By Erin L. Kilgore Employers are not the only ones frustrated with the National Labor Relations Board’s ever-growing scrutiny of common employer work rules and policies.  A member of the NLRB is, too. As many employers are aware, the NLRB’s scrutiny of work rules has gone well beyond social media policies.  In recent years, the [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Rules in Favor of Employer on Liability for LHWCA Benefits Following Offshore Accident By Sean McLaughlin The 5th Circuit issued a decision this week addressing an employer’s liability for benefits under the LHWCA to an employee who was allegedly injured while working.  Although the end result was employer-friendly, it took numerous appeals for the employer to obtain it.  Although some language suggests the plaintiff also filed a separate [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Salaries of Exempt Employees Required to Double Soon? By Erin L. Kilgore and A. Edward Hardin, Jr. On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, after being prompted by President Obama, announced proposed rule changes that would dramatically affect the salary requirements for employees who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements.  For nearly 9 [...] Continue Reading... ....