Outten & Golden LLP Employment Law Blog—Nicholas Sikon
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers shrinks Dodd-Frank's protections against workplace retaliation for corporate whistleblowers.
The once robust statute now leaves a gaping hole for those employees in the private sector who report securities related violations to their employer. Now, after the Supreme Court's ruling, employees are required to report directly to the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to avail themselves of legal protection under the statute - internal reporting is no longer enough.
Some restaurant employers are scrambling to provide new accommodations for nursing mothers to satisfy a little known requirement in the federal health care reform enacted in March.
Specifically, all employers are required to provide a private place for nursing mothers to express milk effective immediately, according to legal experts.
"The requirements of the new law are quite simple: A mother who is nursing her child is entitled to take reasonable breaks each time she needs to express milk, and her employer must provide a private place--other than a bathroom--to do so," said...