VII-139 - An Interview With an Employee-Side Attorney on L&E Issues

Today I am joined by Hope Pordy, Esq., a Partner with the law firm of Spivak Lipton in New York, who represents employees and unions in a wide range of labor and employment matters. Hope provides insight on the "employee side" of issues ranging from confidentiality, arbitration, and separation agreements to wage transparency, remote work, and social media activity. Hope also discloses what she looks for when deciding whether to take a case on behalf of a client against an employer.

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VII-134-Panel Discussion on Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Ruling and the Impact on Employer DEI Programs

I am joined by a panel that includes EEOC Commissioner Andrea Lucas and Cozen O'Connor Labor & Employment Attorneys Debra Friedman and Alan Pittler to discuss the Supreme Court's June 29, 2023 decision on affirmative action, and the implications on educational institutions AND private employer programs promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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VII-133 - Hot Summer Employment Law Developments

Today's episode looks at the hot employment law developments of the Summer of 2023, including the Supreme Court impacting diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and the "undue hardship" defense for religious accommodation requests; the new federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; new rules on independent contractor and overtime exemption classifications; and the first regulation of AI hiring tools.

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VII-130- An interview With EEOC Commissioner (Vice Chair) Jocelyn Samuels

In today's new episode, I am joined by current EEOC Commissioner and Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels to get some insight on a wide-range of topics, including public perception of the EEOC; the likely impact of pending Supreme Court decisions on religious accommodation and diversity/equity/inclusion initiatives; the new federal pregnancy accommodation rules; Covid-19 cases; and the recent federal agency partnership to combat retaliation.

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VII-127-Interview with NLRB General Counsel Abruzzo on Invalidating Severance Agreement Provisions

Today I am joined by NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo to discuss the Board's February 21, 2023 decision in McLaren Macomb invalidating certain confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses in severance agreements, the retroactive and prospective impact of the decision, and whether any other severance agreement provisions may be questioned in the future.

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