“Hire American” Executive Order – Read the Fine Print

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed his Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American. It is important you read the fine print on this, like so many things these days that are reduced for the purposes of a hashtag.

This is an executive order. It does not apply to private businesses.  It is not a law passed by Congress.  It applies to the executive branch of the government.  Moreover, despite its title, it does not reflect a preference for hiring “Americans” as such a preference would be illegal.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act – a law passed by Congress in 1964 – prohibits discrimination in employment based upon, among other things, one’s national origin. Continue reading

Your Employees are on Strike! – No, Not Union Employees and Not a Union Strike

By Kristen L. Brightmire

These are interesting times in which we are living to be sure. Political activism is seeing an uptick.  On Friday, February 17, we saw the General Strike which was designed to be a nationwide protest against President Trump.  Also touted as a Day without Immigrants, it was a call for persons to stop working and instead join a demonstration or participate in a service project.  Another similar strike is gearing up for Wednesday, March 8.

There were other stories about how employers and employees handled these issues, and we were called upon to advise clients as well. Without commenting on any specific situations for obvious reasons, it is important to talk about this issue.

You should expect it will come up again, perhaps as soon as March 8. Before then, you should think through some of these issues and how you will respond.

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