Labor and Employment Law Roundup

July 22, 2010
The first half of the summer of 2010 has been a busy time in the area of labor and employment law. As the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent term drew to a close, the Court issued a flurry of employment-related decisions concerning issues such as employee privacy rights with respect to electronic communications, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, and the validity of hundreds of cases recently decided by the National Labor Relations Board. Moreover, President Obama signed into law this week the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, expanding Sarbanes Oxley Act protection for employees. Finally, there have been several important decisions concerning the definition of “vacant” positions under the ADA, the coverage of caregivers under the FMLA, the scope of Section 510 of ERISA, and the rights of nursing mothers under the FLSA. This update examines these developments.