Denise Keyser

Denise Keyser

Ballard Spahr LLP

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New OSHA Directive to Speed Up Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints Under OSH Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws

A directive to establish nationwide policies and procedures aimed at speeding up the resolution of “whistleblower” complaints handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was issued on August 19, 2015....more

8/25/2015 - Affordable Care Act Airlines Anti-Retaliation Provisions Arbitration Dodd-Frank FOIA Maritime Transport Nuclear Power OSHA Popular Railways Retaliation Trucking Industry Whistleblowers

Morristown Memorial Hospital: A Tax Exemption Ruling All Nonprofit Hospitals Need to Know About

A recent New Jersey Tax Court decision has nonprofit entities on edge. The decision may offer tax authorities the opportunity to pursue payments from nonprofit hospitals and may result in the redefining of tax exemptions by...more

7/22/2015 - Charitable Organizations Executive Compensation Hospitals Non-Profits Property Tax Tax Court Tax Exempt Entities

OSHA Announces Directive on HazCom

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its much-anticipated directive to the agency’s compliance safety and health officers on its revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard yesterday. In 2012,...more

7/22/2015 - Chemicals Classification Distributors Hazardous Communication Standard Labeling Manufacturers OSHA Product Labels Workplace Safety

N.J. Supreme Court Adopts ‘ABC’ Test To Determine Independent Contractor Status

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision that could affect virtually every employer in the state that uses independent contractors as part of its workforce. In Hargrove v. Sleepy’s, LLC, the court...more

1/19/2015 - Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues FLSA Independent Contractors Wage and Hour

Third Circuit Decision Will Make It More Difficult for Employers to Defeat FMLA Interference and Retaliation Claims

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that raises the bar for employers seeking summary judgment on claims raised under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for interference with...more

9/3/2014 - Employee Rights FMLA Popular Retaliation Tortious Interference

NLRB Rules Hospital's Resident Physicians Are Employees and Can Unionize

Whether an individual is an “employee” entitled to all the protections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), or a “student” who has no such rights, has been a recurring and hotly contested issue before the National...more

3/5/2014 - Employee Definition Hospitals Medical School NLRA NLRB Physicians Unions

OSHA Launches Online Whistleblower System

Reflecting its renewed emphasis on "whistleblower" protection under the Obama administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an online whistleblower complaint system. The new feature on...more

12/10/2013 - OSHA Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Recess NLRB Appointments Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB, which held that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of three members to the...more

6/25/2013 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Pro Forma Sessions Recess Appointments SCOTUS

Second Appellate Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

Yesterday, in NLRB v. New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the second circuit to hold that intrasession recess appointments violate the Recess Appointments Clause (RAC)...more

5/20/2013 - Canning v NLRB NLRA NLRB Recess Appointments

OSHA Issues Interim Final Rule on Whistleblower Protections under the Affordable Care Act

As the 2014 implementation date for the most controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) draws closer, most businesses are focused on ensuring that their group health plans meet the ACA's requirements. But there...more

3/1/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Health Insurance OSHA Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Declared Unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declared that President Obama acted unconstitutionally when he made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations...more

1/29/2013 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Pro Forma Sessions Recess Appointments

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