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New law, shift in EEOC focus spur disability bias lawsuits (access required)

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Employment attorneys say that they have seen an increase in disability-related charges since final regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act went into effect more than a year ago. Lawyers say they have also noticed a dramatic change in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s approach to disability bias investigations.

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SC Supreme Court: Unfair Trade Practices Act applies to lawyers (access required)

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The South Carolina Supreme Court has definitively ruled for the first time that the Unfair Trade Practices Act applies to the legal profession. The unanimous court determined Aug. 15 in an otherwise unremarkable legal malpractice case, RFT Management Co. v. Tinsley & Adams, that legal services ought to be considered a trade or business that is subject to the UTPA.

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Death of a salesman’s overtime (access required)

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In late June, as anticipation grew for a decision on the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision of equal importance – at least to some 90,000 pharmaceutical sales representatives across the country. In a 5-4 ruling in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., the court decided that those representatives do not qualify for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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