If you have been arrested, convicted or had a criminal charge diverted in the state of Kansas, you may be eligible to have those records sealed. Kansas laws allows the Court to seal criminal arrests, diversion or convictions after the statutory waiting period has expired. For example, a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge can be…

On May 2, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed H.B. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. The Senate has received the bill for consideration. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and authorize private employers to provide compensatory time (comp time) off for overtime hours worked by employees. Instead of…

Recent cases out of the Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits highlight the risk employers run when monitoring or punishing employees for their social media activity. In both cases, the courts found that employers who had terminated employees based on their social media activity were subject to sanctions under federal law. In…

On March 10, 2017, in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that sexual orientation discrimination is not actionable under Title VII. The 11th Circuit joined nine other federal circuit courts to deny such an action. While the circuit court held Title VII sexual orientation discrimination claims cannot be maintained,…

In November 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The EEOC characterizes national origin discrimination as discrimination because an individual (or his or her ancestors) is from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or…

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