FMLA Amended Definition of Spouse to Include Same Sex Spouses

On February 25, 2015 the DOL issued a final rule amending the definition of spouse under the rules implementing FMLA to be consistent with the US Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor which struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)as unconstitutional. The amended … [Read more...]

Education Law Session Vermont Principals’ Association- January 13, 2015

On January 13, 2015 Steve Stitzel and Dina Atwood will be presenting: Current Issues in Labor and Personnel Law: a Workshop for Public School Administrators and Legislative Update for the Vermont Principals' Association. The workshop is designed to help school administrators, human resource … [Read more...]


For the first time since 1983, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated their guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The new guidance document, along with an associated fact sheet and FAQ, incorporates the last thirty years of developments to legal … [Read more...]

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies When an Employer is Strictly Liable for Workplace Harassment

It is well established that, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer may be vicariously liable for actions of an employee serving in a supervisory role that create a hostile work environment for a subordinate employee.  If the harassing employee has a co-worker relationship to … [Read more...]