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Maryland Based Golden Entertainment, Inc. Agrees to $100,000 Settlement in EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Maryland Civil Lawyers make note: Golden Entertainment, Inc., the former owner and operator of Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone, Maryland, has reached an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. As per the settlement, the company will pay $100,000 and institute comprehensive sexual harassment prevention […]

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USPTO Releases Further Guidelines for Employing AI Tools in USPTO Affairs

DC IP Lawyers make note: The USPTO released fresh guidance on February 6, 2024, clarifying existing rules and policies for using AI in submissions to the PTAB and TTAB. Building on this, the USPTO has now provided additional guidance in the Federal Register, crucial for patent and trademark professionals navigating AI use in USPTO matters.

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Anticipating Adjustments to Exempt Salary Thresholds

As summer approaches, employers of salaried workers, guided by DC Employment Lawyers, should brace themselves for anticipated changes to the salary basis threshold for certain categories of exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As a timely reminder, on August 30, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) initiated a notice of proposed

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Mandamus Petition Rejected, Yet Jurisdictional Opening Left Slightly Ajar

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a recent ruling, denied a patent owner’s writ of mandamus in the case of In re VLSI Technology LLC, Case No. 24-116 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 18, 2024) (Moore, Taranto, Chen, JJ.). The petition aimed to prevent a defendant from amending its answer to include an

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EEOC Unveils Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Performance Report

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has unveiled its comprehensive report on the agency’s performance for fiscal year (FY) 2023, spanning from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023. Aligned with its strategic plan and strategic enforcement plan, the agency’s performance throughout FY 2023 reflects a surge in demand for its services and substantial

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Your OSHA Rights: The Right to Appoint a Representative

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a finalized amendment to a regulation regarding the designation of a representative to accompany OSHA inspectors during workplace inspections. But why is this significant? In the realm of occupational safety and hazards, OSHA holds authority over regulations and the imposition of penalties. Central to this authority

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Crafting Restrictive Covenants in Retail: Lessons from Labor Board Directives

Amid the shifting dynamics of the retail sector, where intellectual property (IP) holds paramount importance and competition is intense, the utilization of restrictive covenants stands as a cornerstone for safeguarding proprietary assets. Through the lens of DC IP Lawyers, it’s imperative to note recent developments shaping the landscape of these agreements. In May 2023, the

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The EEOC Issues Two Updates on Litigation Program

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) unveiled the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Office of General Counsel (OGC) Annual Report, spanning from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023. Additionally, they introduced a new data dashboard spotlighting resolved cases from the past five fiscal years. In FY 2023, the EEOC, in partnership with DC Employment

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Trademark Essentials: Proactive Approaches to Preventing Disputes and Clarifying Consumer Perception

Trademark disputes pose significant challenges, both in terms of time and cost. By taking proactive steps to assess risks and avoid infringement, emerging companies can save valuable resources. At the core of most trademark disputes lies the assertion that consumers could be misled by the simultaneous use of brand identifiers by unrelated parties. These identifiers

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Texas Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Employers (US)

COVID-19 vaccinations have stirred discussions within workplaces, especially since their widespread availability in late 2020. Initially, some states prohibited government employers from mandating vaccinations for employees, leaving private sector policies to individual employers. Now, this discretionary landscape is evolving, particularly in Texas. Late last year, the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 7 (“SB 7”), signed

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