iPhones and Overtime, Part II

From a French law limiting employees’ responsibility for after-hours emails to a federal court ruling placing new federal overtime rules on hold, employment law governing overtime pay continues to adapt. A previous post on this blog discussed a lawsuit in which Chicago police officers allegedthat they were issued smartphones and required to use them while off duty, but were not paid...
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Nine to Five? The Uncertainty of Federal Overtime Regulations

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas granted a nationwide injunction to prevent implementation of new federal overtime regulations doubling the minimum salary of exempt employees.The ruling, which was issued only days before the rule was to become effective, has created uncertainty for many businesses. First, it is important to note that this preliminary injunction is only...
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If I Only Had the Words: Billy Joel’s Relevance to Attorneys

Too often, the legal profession relies on specialized language (think of terms like jurisdiction, quitclaim, and fiduciary) without considering that such terms may confuse and discourage clients or other non-professionals. Whether addressing a court or a layperson, it is essential for attorneys to communicate well. This weekend, attorney Christian Brill will discuss this important issue...
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Faith-Based Discrimination in Hiring

Can a faith-based organization refuse to hire employees who do not share its faith? Section 702 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C.S. § 2000e) exempts religious organizations from the prohibition against discrimination in employment on the basis of religion. (Ohio has a similar statute.) Therefore, if an organization is religious for purposes of...
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Ohio Real Estate Tax Exemptions For Places Of Worship

Article XII Sec. 2 of the Ohio Constitution permits the enactment of general laws exempting from taxation public school houses, houses used exclusively for public worship, institutions used exclusively for charitable purposes, and public property used exclusively for any public purpose. Pursuant to this authority, the Ohio Legislature enacted Ohio Revised Code (the “ORC”) §5709, “Taxable...
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