U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against LGBT Discrimination in Employment

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited discrimination on the basis of “sex” in employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Thus employers subject to Title VII may no longer discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Prudent employers may want to make sure that their employees become aware of this and that…

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Texas Supreme Court Declines to Hear Austin Sick Leave Case, Opens Way for San Antonio Case

On June 5th, the Texas Supreme Court denied the City of Austin’s request for the court to review a case from a court of appeals finding Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance unconstitutional. The Supreme Court had had the request since March of 2019. That decision effectively ends the Austin case, but opens the way for the City of San Antonio to pursue the appeal of its own ordinance before the 4th Court of Appeals here.  San Antonio’s appeal was stayed…

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Congress Passes Law to Improve Paycheck Protection Program

On June 5th, the President signed into law H.R. 7010, the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020,” a mouthful of a name for a very short but important bill for employers.  The House and then the Senate had passed the bill on a very bipartisan basis.  The sponsors in the House were Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips and Republican Rep. Chip Roy. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was part of the CARES Act passed in March, but the money appropriated…

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