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Keith Anderson is a litigation and labor & employment partner and concentrates his practice on representing financial institutions in the financial services industry, as well as representing employers in employment matters. He has handled multiple litigated matters under the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and claims of discrimination and retaliation, as well as counseling employers on compliance and effective employment policies.

With historically low unemployment rates, attracting and retaining top talent can be a challenge for employers. To distinguish themselves from the pack, many companies are considering tuition assistance programs to both develop their workforce and as a benefit to attract and retain talented employees. Although the offer of student loan assistance might give you a

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines are hard, particularly if you contract or want to contract with the federal government. The scenario is familiar: You run a business that has or seeks to contract with the federal government. You read about the Biden administration’s Executive Order mandating that your employees be fully vaccinated for you to qualify

When a company faces a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action there are two main components to address: (1)You Can’t Put the Trial Cart Before the Certification Horse in FLSA Hybrid Wage-and-Hour Case; Circuit Court Rejects Trial Court’s Approach of Holding Trial in Wage Case Before Deciding on Class whether it will be a collective action or class action versus an individual action and (2) a trial of the merits on whether the FLSA was actually violated. One federal district court decided No. 2

Don’t Run Prints: Illinois’s Biometric Privacy Law Used Against EmployersDoes your company use fingerprinting or some facial recognition scanner as part of its clock-in, clock-out process? If your company has facilities or even some contacts with Illinois (and maybe other states in the future) you should pay heed to Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) that is the subject of a new class action

Beware Poachers! NY Legislature Takes on “No Rehire” and Employee Poaching IssuesDo you typically include a “no rehire” clause in your settlements with soon to be former employees? How about agreements with other companies that you will not “poach” each other’s employees? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you should keep an eye on some New York legislation that could impact those

New Administration, New DOL Approach: Department Pulls Back Trump Rulemaking LimitationsWith the new Biden administration now in place, the Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn a Trump era measure on guidance documents. Following a recent Executive Order, the DOL issued a final rule on January 27 to rescind the Trump DOL’s prior rule. The result will likely be less public involvement in DOL guidance.

Background

The Whistleblower’s Show Can Go On: Georgia Supreme Court Allows Complaint to Proceed Despite Inconsistent Bankruptcy FilingYour former employee sues you, but your employee-plaintiff filed for bankruptcy. You diligently research the bankruptcy filings and discover the employee did not disclose the lawsuit against you in those filings, which are sworn to under oath. You might have a winner to get out of the case, right? Well, it is not quite that

Don’t Dawdle in USERRA’s World: Fourth Circuit Affirms USERRA Violation for Delayed ReemploymentHow long do you have to reinstate an employee following military leave? In Harwood v. American Airlines, the Fourth Circuit found that a delay of six or eight weeks was too long. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) says employers must reinstate an employee returning from military leave and if, as in

It’s What I Said Before: DOL’s Opinion Reversal Does Not Sway Arkansas Federal CourtWhen the Department of Labor (DOL) withdraws one of its previous opinion letters and issues a new interpretation, should a court change its ruling? No — not according to a federal judge in Arkansas.

DOL Opinion Letters

As background, the DOL issues opinion letters as a means to provide guidance for Fair Labor Standards Act