Department of Labor Persuader Rule enjoined on a nationwide basis 6/28/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, in a case filed by the National Federation of Independent Business and other groups, granted a nationwide preliminary injunction, stopping the July 1 implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's "Persuader Rule." This is a first step in protecting the attorney-client privilege and the First Amendment rights of employers everywhere.

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Outside sales exemption is constitutional 4/19/16

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

Ohio Supreme Court upholds a minimum wage amendment in the Ohio Constitution that states, in pertinent part, that "employer," "employee," "person" and "independent contractor" all have the same meanings as they do under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

While not specifically discussing this case, federal law also excludes from the Wage and Hour Law individuals who deliver newspapers to the consumer. The same exclusion should also apply under Ohio law.

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When the public notice is the story 8/28/13

By Jane Nicholes

The Advocate's use this week of a public notice ad as artwork with a Page 1 article underscores the importance of publishing public notices in newspapers.

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FOIA Machine would break logjam for public records 7/24/13

In addition to helping automate the process of making and tracking requests for public records, FOIA Machine will also create a community of users to share expert tips and strategies.

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There's an app for calculating certain FMLA leave 6/19/13

Calculating FMLA leave can be challenging for employers, but now there is a free tool that makes the calculation simple – an app for tablets and smart phones.

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