President Biden Signs Expanded Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees Into Law

By: Katie Conklin and John Vering

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law two measures included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 that expand protections for pregnant and nursing employees: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protection for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act). The new protections require employers to provide: (1) reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, effective 180 days after the law’s enactment, or on June 27, 2023; and (2) compensation to breastfeeding employees for “hours worked” during certain lactation breaks, effective 120 days after the law’s enactment, or on April 28, 2023.


Missouri Legalizes Recreational Marijuana and Creates Job Protections for Medical Marijuana Users: What Employers Need to Know

By: Katie Conklin and John Vering

On November 8, 2022, Missourians voted to legalize recreational
marijuana, adopting Amendment 3 to Article XIV of Missouri’s Constitution. In addition to legalizing recreational marijuana, Amendment 3 also creates job protections for medical marijuana use, which Missouri previously legalized in 2018. These changes go into effect on December 8, 2022.


NCAA Issues Guidance Pertaining to Institutional Involvement in NIL Space

By: Tate Thompson and Curry Sexton

When the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) implemented its Interim Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Policy, effective July 1, 2021, it did not detail whether and to what extent institutions could be involved in the NIL space. Naturally, the lack of guidance on this issue led to a great deal of confusion and uncertainty. Some states tried to eliminate the confusion and uncertainty by enacting legislation either permitting or prohibiting institutions and their employees from being involved in the NIL space, among other matters. Many other states did not enact any NIL legislation, causing further confusion and uncertainty.


Will College Athletes Soon be Classified as Employees?

Client Alert by Curry Sexton

The collegiate athletics landscape has already undergone one recent monumental shift concerning name, image, and likeness (NIL) rights. Effective July 1, 2021, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) removed its longstanding restrictions prohibiting student-athletes from receiving compensation for their NIL and implemented an interim policy that permits student-athletes to receive compensation for their NIL. Since then, the focus has shifted to the question of whether student-athletes should be characterized as employees.


Sprague joins Seigfreid Bingham corporate practice

Seigfreid Bingham is pleased to announce that Neil Sprague has joined the firm in an Of Counsel position. His practice encompasses the areas of Real Estate, Retail and Restaurant & Hospitality, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.Sprague brings 35 years of […]

Invest in Accessibility on Your Website, Too!

By Lori Beam

When you think about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you probably picture wheelchair ramps, handicap parking spaces, and braille writing on ATMs making places of public accommodations accessible to people with disabilities.

The ADA’s protections no longer apply […]

Will Delta Airlines ‘Keep Climbing’ With Customers?

By Lori Beam

After its latest move to claim use of customers’ social media images, some are wondering if Delta Airlines should change its slogan from “Keep climbing” to “Keep overreaching”.

In December Delta Airlines made a major update to its SkyMiles […]

Don’t Be Naughty! Be Nice With Holiday Bargain Prices

By Lori Beam

‘Tis the season when you’ll start seeing sale tags shouting “Buy One, Get a Free Xbox,” “Now $100.99, regularly $200.99,” “20% off next week only” and “Lowest prices of the year!”

As you plan your company’s holiday promotions, make […]