DSV Legal Insights
January 2020
Labor and employment issues were front and center in the courts and in administrative agencies during 2019. Here is a sampling of some of the major issues from the last year.

( 1) SCOTUS hears arguments on whether Title VII prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:  The US Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) heard arguments on October 8, 2019 on a trio of landmark cases. The cases , Altitude Express v. Zarda, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia , and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC  examine whether adverse employment actions allegedly taken on the basis of an employee’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s bar on discrimination in employment “on the basis of sex.” Decisions on these cases are expected to issue by the end of the current court term in June 2020 and are likely to be the most significant in recent years.

Read more to learn about other major changes in labor and employment law.
Recent Blog
Representative Jerry Torr has again offered a bill that seeks to streamline the discharge of a mechanic’s lien in place of a bond. Currently, to be bonded off, a general contractor or owner (or other party) must file an action in court to get the alternative security (i.e. the bond) approved in form and amount before the owner’s property is essentially released from the lien and that lien is then transferred to (and secured by) the bond. House Bill 1021 permits a person to discharge a mechanic’s lien by filing an indemnification, payment, or cash bond with the recorder’s office of the county in which the real property is located. The bond must be in an amount equal to at least 150% of the lien or $7,500, whichever is greater.

Read more about how this may affect you in 2020.
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