Free speech limits tested when Louisiana public agencies restrict employees’ social media | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rapides Parish teacher Deborah Vailes was called into the office and reprimanded by the principal on the day she posted sharply critical remarks on her personal Facebook page about Louisiana’s
Source: Free speech limits tested when Louisiana public agencies restrict employees’ social media | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Alabama passes law banning cities and towns from increasing minimum wage | US news | The Guardian

State senate passes the legislation, which voids a Birmingham city ordinance attempting to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10, on a 23-11 vote
Source: Alabama passes law banning cities and towns from increasing minimum wage | US news | The Guardian

Bill would overhaul Ohio employment discrimination law | The Columbus Dispatch

A business-friendly proposal to overhaul Ohio’s employment-discrimination law either would clean up a law that has become a costly mess for employers or protect those who are breaking the law in the workplace, according to proponents and opponents of a bill that has been introduced in the legislature.
Source: Bill would overhaul Ohio employment discrimination law | The Columbus Dispatch

Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers’ Comp

Companies that opt out of state workers’ comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure that injured workers get justice. An NPR investigation found that may not be true.
Source: Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers’ Comp

Lunch break gives Texas employers indigestion

The question of whether lunch breaks are compensable recently surfaced in a case from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). The court’s decision is instructive and provides a timely reminder that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is fraught with danger.
Source: Lunch break gives Texas employers indigestion