The Supreme Court recently issued a decision that closely examines the facts and circumstances that would permit an employer to reject an employee’s request for a religious accommodation in the workplace. With the unanimous support of the Justices, the Court emphasized that a religious accommodation in the workplace can only be rejected when there is an “undue hardship” on the employer. While the foregoing is a well-established concept, by siding with the plaintiff-employee in [...]
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On June 29, the Supreme Court issued their much-awaited Opinion in the case challenging the admissions practices of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. In a 6-3 decision, the Court found that the “race-based” admission policies of both institutions violate the Constitutional precept that all people are entitled to “equal protection” under the law, as well as the Civil Rights protection against race-based discrimination. The Court noted that both [...]
On June 13, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued a decision modifying the independent contractor standard under the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”). The modified standard may make it more difficult for employers to establish that its workers are independent contractors, rather than employees, and therefore, excluded from the Act’s protections. In its The Atlanta Opera, Inc. decision, the Board ruled that the Atlanta [...]