Without employment status, persons generally cannot organize a union, pursue employment litigation, or have employment taxes taken out of their paychecks.  But unions, plaintiffs’ litigators, and of course the U.S. government, like employment status for tax, enforcement, and other reasons. On July 15 of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor ...
Many employers provide healthcare benefits not only for active employees, but also for retirees.  While pension benefits are normally thought of as vested, by and large employers have a great degree of leeway to design health and welfare plans according to their own wishes.  However, once the welfare plan is written, courts will enforce the term...
In light of the government's effort to provide protected status to transgender persons, and to require employers to honor an individual's choice as to what sex they wish to identify with, one wonders about recent "transracial" issues that arose concerning former NAACP Spokane Chapter President Rachel Dolezal.  Dolezal resigned on June 15 amid controv...

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