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March 2015 L&E Update from Baker Donelson

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Firm Contacts:
Jennifer L. Anderson, Kathlyn Perez, Phyllis G. Cancienne, Robert C. Divine
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The first day of Spring is nearly upon us, and we're watching all kinds of new growth – be it flower, tree or employment law. This issue reports on big developments in the H nonimmigrant visa classifications and looks at the DOL's final ruling on how to define "spouse" under the FMLA. And what's Spring without a little weeding? To that end, there's the White House's "Black List." Read on!

Redefining the Term "Spouse" Under the FMLA, Meghan Morgan

Employers have struggled with correct application of FMLA rules since SCOTUS's ruling in United States v. Windsor (June 26, 2013), which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department of Labor's Final Rule revises the definition of "spouse," which should ease the confusion. More...

The White House's So-Called "Black List" Order Aims to Deny Federal Contracting with Companies Not in Compliance with Federal Labor Laws, Adam Gates

In July 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order dubbed the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order" that will allow the government to deny a company a contract if it or any of its subcontractors violated – or even allegedly violated – federal labor laws within the previous three years. More...

Fissured Employment – the Government Has Set Its Sights on You, Steven F. Griffith Jr.

For centuries, businesses have used subcontracting arrangements, franchise agreements or otherwise contracted out the performance of some functions third parties. But regulators are embarking on new territory designed to threaten this centuries-old practice.  More...

Immigration Corner, Melanie Walker

This month: H-1Bs, H-4s and H-2Bs – Oh, My! Big developments in the H nonimmigrant visa classifications, and expanded DACA and DAPA are temporarily suspended.  More...