May 2016 L&E Update from Baker Donelson

Submitted by Firm:
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Firm Contacts:
Jennifer L. Anderson, Kathlyn Perez, Phyllis G. Cancienne, Robert C. Divine
Article Type:
Legal Update

The middle of May brings an end to school years, semesters and spring sports, but there's no end in sight for employers when it comes to clarity on hot-button issues like North Carolina and Mississippi's new laws. Or is there? In the middle of all this is a Defend Trade Secrets Act heading to President Obama for signature. Our regular Immigration Update and a spotlight on Chattanooga shareholder Rusty Gray rounds out this month's Newsletter.

State Laws Are Not a Defense to Title VII's Prohibition on LGBT Discrimination, Says the EEOC


Mississippi and North Carolina recently passed legislation categorized as "sweeping anti-LGBT laws." And on Monday, May 2, 2016, seemingly in response to legislation like this, the EEOC released guidance to employers regarding LGBT workers. More...

EEOC Announces Six-Figure Transgender Discrimination Settlement


The onslaught of news stories about "bathroom bills" has thrust issues facing transgender people into a national spotlight, but do you know what rights are afforded to transgender people in the workplace?  More....

Congress Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act


On April 27, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) by a vote of 410 to 2. Since the Senate already passed the bill and the Obama Administration has long been in favor of it, the bill is virtually ensured to become law.  More....

Immigration Update

Melanie Walker,

This month: H-1B Cap FY2017 and aftermath; and adjudicating the L-1A functional manager petition requires consideration of role within the wider qualifying international organization.  More....