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Phoenix Business Journal | John Balitis comments on proposed FMLA rule changes impacting same-sex spouses

Same-sex couples in states where they cannot legally marry, such as Arizona, could qualify for the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, under a new Obama administration proposal.

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposed rule to expand who can qualify for long-term FMLA leave to include same-sex couples who are married in states that recognize such unions.

That is an expansion of a 2013 rule that included same-sex couples in FMLA benefits if they are living and working in a state that recognizes gay marriage.

The new federal rule changes that “state of residence” to where the marriage occurred.

Employment law expert John Balitis said that means if an Arizona same-sex couple gets married in California, Hawaii or another state that recognizes such weddings, they will qualify for FMLA at their jobs back here.

Bankruptcy, Creditors Rights and Restructuring

Recent Cases Concerning “Springing” or “Bad-Boy” Guaranties - Are They Enforceable?

Employment and Labor Relations

KFYI Radio | John Balitis comments on NBA sanctions for Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Phoenix Business Journal | John Balitis discusses the impact of raising the minimum wage for tipped workers

Arizona Business Gazette | John Balitis comments on employer's responsibility to provide safe working environments

Phoenix Business Journal | John Balitis comments on the impact of SB 1062 for hospitals

Arizona Republic | John Balitis discusses how severance payments affect unemployment benefits

Shannon Pierce | Can't live without social media? #EmployersBeware

Social media is inescapable in modern workplace culture. It’s a commodity that led Twitter to complete a successful initial public offering and that likewise enabled a company like Snapchat to reject a $3billion all-cash offer from Facebook. As social media grows in power and prevalence, employers must understand how to harness it internally and protect themselves from it at the same time.

Lori Higuera and Shannon Pierce | Party Like Your Lawyer, Not Like a Rock Star | AZ Business Magazine

’Tis (or ’twil soon be) the season for family gatherings, gift giving and, of course, the company holiday party. Since no good deed goes un-litigated, ’tis also the season to prepare for the employee claims that always seem to arrive shortly after the company holiday party.

Phoenix Business Journal | John Balitis discusses how the Affordable Care Act impacts health insurance premiums

Arizona Republic | John Balitis discusses how the FLSA defines a workweek and overtime

Shannon Pierce | This year, party like your lawyer, not a rock star | Northern Nevada Business Weekly

In the midst of holiday merriment, companies should not lose sight of the regulations that continue to apply to company-sponsored events, even social events, in which no work is being performed.

Jessica Post | Employers face first EEOC complaints for asking about family medical history | Maricopa Lawyer

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on employers when their contracted health care providers ask applicants or employees about their family medical history. In just the last month, the EEOC has filed two complaints under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

John Balitis | How Personal Employment Information is Shared and Sold | AZ Business Magazine

John Balitis discusses the rules and limitations that apply to outsourcing employee verification services.


The Endangered Species Act: An Overview of Current Issues and Trends

Government Affairs

The Taxation of Mining

Those individuals and businesses engaged in the exploration for and extraction of minerals in this state will pay sales or use tax on goods they purchase or consume in the state.

Natural Resources and Endangered Species

The Endangered Species Act: An Overview of Current Issues and Trends

Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations

Kendis Key Muscheid and Richard Jost | Nevada's New Charitable Contribution Solicitation Law Tightens Up Process

Beginning this year, nonprofit corporations soliciting charitable contributions in Nevada have new requirements for both reporting and disclosures under NRS82.382 to 82.417, inclusive, pursuant to AB 60 of the 2013 Session.

Plaintiffs' Personal Injury

Wall Street Journal | Glass Action: Google Glass Chronicles Personal Injury Struggles

What businesses do or don’t do to protect people from injury may soon be used against them in a court of law — by claimants wearing Google Glass. Clients at law firm Fennemore Craig P.C., including a double amputee, are wearing Glass to chronicle their personal injury struggles, generating evidence that can bolster their legal claims. It’s another example of how businesses are creating uses for Google’s wearable computer, which briefly went on sale to the public Tuesday, before a mass consumer release expected later this year.

Tax and Tax Controversies

The Taxation of Mining

Those individuals and businesses engaged in the exploration for and extraction of minerals in this state will pay sales or use tax on goods they purchase or consume in the state.

In The News

July 22, 2014
Susan Wissink Elected Vice President to Childsplay Board of Trustees [NEWS]

July 21, 2014
Douglas Cohen Appointed by the United States Federal Court as Mediator of Innovative Program addressing Inmate Claims [NEWS]

July 11, 2014
Bruce Dahl Elected to the Board of the Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court [NEWS]


Publications and Events
August 14, 2014
Drought, Climate Change & Arizona's Future [SEMINAR]

August 6, 2014
First Wednesday Lunch | Dr. Bert Fisher | August 6, 2014 [SEMINAR]

July 10, 2014
Alice in Computer Land [NEWSLETTER]

July 9, 2014
Cables, Antennas and Public Performance [NEWSLETTER]

July 3, 2014
Relief for Tax Exempt Organizations With Pending Applications [NEWSLETTER]