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April L&E Update from Baker Donelson

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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Jennifer L. Anderson, Kathlyn Perez, Phyllis G. Cancienne, Robert C. Divine
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This month is brought to you by the letter G: guns, gumption and guidance. And that's not even all we have to offer. Read on for the new Tennessee gun law that allows employees to sue their employers, along with a look at the disability guidance the White House released. But our favorite article might be the interview with Jenna Bedsole, Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group, who produced a documentary on one of Alabama's most impressive Depression-era female attorneys.

Guns In The Trunks: Employees Now Can Sue Their Employers!, by Robert M. Williams Jr.

It has long been a crime to carry a gun on private property if prohibited by the owner. The enactment two years ago of the so-called "Guns in the Trunks" law changes this long standing law.  More...

That is the Telling Thing: An Interview with Jenna Bedsole, by Andrea Powers

In addition to her credits as attorney and author, Birmingham Shareholder and Labor & Employment Practice Leader Jenna Bedsole can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments.  More...

Out With the Old and in With the New…Guidance, by Natalie Bolling

During a Summit on Disability and Employment in February of this year, the White House announced the release of a new guide entitled Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, A Resource Guide For Employers ("New Disability Guide"), which offers employers much-needed practical and technical assistance when making disability-related employment decisions. More...

Religious Discrimination In 2015, by J. Randall Patterson

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers with fifteen or more employees from discrimination on the basis of religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment.  More...

Can You Keep a Secret? The SEC Says to Ask Carefully, by Levy Leatherman

Most employers attempt to deter improper use of proprietary information through confidentiality policies or agreements, sometimes included in handbooks or in separate employment agreements. The NLRB and EEOC have cast critical eyes on overbroad employee confidentiality policies, and now another federal agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has now joined the fray.  More...

Recent Changes in Off-Site Employment Requirements, by Amber Seay

The H-1B and L-1B visa categories have had significant developments over the past two months. Companies with employees in either category should be aware of these developments, particularly if they intend to change the worksite location of their H-1B or L-1B employees.  More...

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