The Noble Law’s employment attorneys provide in depth updates in employment law for both North Carolina and South Carolina. From blogs to news appearances, this is your place for the latest in Employment Law.

Federal Trade Commission Bans Non-Compete Agreements

On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposed a new rule to ban non-compete clauses, citing concerns about how such clauses harm workers and stifle competition. A non-compete clause is a contractual term between an employer and employee that generally prohibits the employee from working for a competitor, or starting a competing business within a certain geographic area and period of time, after the worker’s employment ends. While non-compete clauses were generally thought to apply only to high-level, …
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Historic Pay-Equity Settlement for Women’s Soccer Reached Amidst Sexual Abuse Allegations

Women’s U.S. professional soccer saw groundbreaking changes in 2022. Settlement of a class action lawsuit over equal pay for women players promises a new era for pay equity in professional soccer. Meanwhile, an investigative report on widespread physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in the National Women’s Soccer League should bring more transparency and oversight.   As a women-owned firm, The Noble Law is especially proud to have helped set the stage for this historic, long-overdue victory for gender equality by …
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The Noble Law Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic American Heritage Month celebrates the thriving Hispanic community in America and its influence on food, music, literature, TV, movies, style, and culture. We also celebrate the Hispanic community’s contributions to America’s prosperity—with members working as engineers, scientists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, US military personnel, elected officials, and so much more. When Did National Hispanic American Heritage Month Begin? The first National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968, sponsored by California Congressman George E. Brown of East Los Angeles and …
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Ending Mandatory Arbitrations in Sexual Assault and Harassment Lawsuits

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021” into law.  That Act adds Chapter 4 to the Federal Arbitration Act providing in relevant part: “[A]t the election of the person alleging conduct constituting a sexual harassment dispute or a sexual assault dispute. . . no predispute arbitration agreement or predispute joint-action waiver shall be valid or enforceable with respect to a case which was under Federal, Tribal, or …
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Medicaid Whistleblower in Wake County, NC

Dan Haggerty: A lawsuit was filed today involving a WRAL investigation and a possible misuse of millions of dollars in Medicaid money. The whistleblower in this case is now suing for wrongful termination and defamation. WRAL investigator, Cullen Browder, is here with the details of the lawsuit, Cullen. Cullen Browder: So Dan, here is the lawsuit filed this morning in Wake County Superior Court seeking undisclosed damages. Rob Morehead was fired after he questioned tens of a million of dollars …
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Roe v. Wade: A Firm Management Perspective

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Following the Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., overturning Roe v. Wade, there have been a flurry of news reports on the impacts for those seeking reproductive care in States where abortion has been severely limited or criminalized.  There have also been reports of employers providing new benefits to their employees to help ease the burden some States are placing on their citizens.  If you are an upper-level manager in any business, you may be wondering …
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Workplace Effects of Anti-LGBTQ Laws

Texas is one of the largest states in the USA, and so it goes without saying that it is the home of many, many employees. In fact, 50 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Texas. Texas has also featured the most prominent example of an alarming nationwide trend – anti-LGBTQ legislation. Across the country, states are considering some sort of legislation intended to signal opposition to LGBTQ issues and to stop transgender individuals from seeking medical care. Many families in …
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Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson

As a woman-owned law firm, we are deeply saddened and dismayed by the Supreme Court’s assault on the bodily integrity and fundamental liberty rights of American women in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health opinion issued earlier today. This opinion overturned the right to an abortion established by Roe v. Wade and allows states to reduce, outlaw, and even criminalize abortion procedures. We are committed to fighting for women to enjoy the same fundamental liberty interests as men, including their right to bodily integrity and basic …
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Employer Response to Roe v. Wade

The leaked Supreme Court opinion that showed the Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade means many states will ban abortions before most women even know they are pregnant. Understandably, this issue is front and center for many women, including those in the workforce.  The inability to decide what is best for their own body is a major source of stress for those of childbearing age. This stress can impact work performance, attendance, and even lead to the loss …
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Changes to Disability Pay in South Carolina

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes standards for employment, including compensation, such as minimum wage and overtime pay, and worker regulations, like youth employment and disabled workers. It applies to all employees in the private sector, and employees of federal, state, and local government. Disability Pay in South Carolina under the FLSA When it comes to compensating employees with disabilities, the FLSA includes a section that allows employers to request a special certificate which permits them to pay disabled …
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