ICE Increases Summertime Workplace Investigations

ICE Makes No Secret of Intent to Increase 2018 Workplace Investigations Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is continuing its stepped up focus on workplace investigations. The Associated Press reports that according to Derek Benner, head of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, ICE is gearing up for increased workplace investigations during the upcoming summer months. With […]

It’s Been A Busy Few Weeks!

  In recent weeks the California and U.S. Supreme Courts have been busy making history on both sides of the employment law bar.  California Supreme Court Redefines Independent Contractor Test On April 30, 2018 the California Supreme Court in Dynamex Operations West Inc., v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County et al., redefined the test […]

National Labor Relations Board Reverses Obama Era Joint-Employer Ruling

As expected, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has overturned an Obama era broadening of the definition of ‘joint-employer’ under the National Labor Relations Act. Returning to a pre-Browning Ferris standard, “proof of indirect control, contractually-reserved control that has never been exercised, or control that is limited and routine will [no longer] be sufficient to […]

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Decision Announced

DACA Program Rescinded! Echoing similar thoughts of confusion, uncertainty, and anger around the nation, California employees and employers contemplate the far reaching effects of today’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program decision. Memorandum on Rescission of DACA.   Today’s decision to rescind the 2012 Obama era DACA program throws the status of an estimated […]

FLSA Overtime Rule Issue Resolved!

Texas Judge makes final ruling on previously stayed Overtime Rule! The Obama era Overtime Rule issue has been resolved with a final ruling from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant. The District Court’s ruling granted summary judgment in favor of litigants challenging the 2016 changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act increasing minimum annual salary requirements […]

SAFFIRE LEGAL Takes On Sexual Harassment

On today’s Valentine’s Day edition of Radio UCI’s Ask A Leader (88.9fm), SAFFIRE LEGAL, PC Founder and Principal attorney Teresa A. McQueen, joins host Claudia Shambaugh to discuss how her niche practice gives special expertise to employers and employees toward preventing sexual harassment at the workplace. Click here to listen to the podcast of this […]

Opposing Conduct Unlawful Under EEO Laws: An Updated Perspective

In its newly released “Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues” (August 2016) (the Guide) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides a much needed update to its previous interpretations of the law of retaliation. The newly released Guide replaces the EEOC’s former Compliance Manual Section 8: Retaliation which was last issued in 1998. Specifically, the Guide […]