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New California Law Mandates Small Businesses Provide Parental Leave

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the New Parent Leave Act into law, extending unpaid leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement to employees of...more

Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another...more

New Federal Contracts Providing Hurricane Relief Get Some Relief From OFCCP Requirements

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the agency will support Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts in a number of ways, including by relaxing federal contractors’ requirements on a...more

OMB Decides to Review and Stay EEO-1 Pay Data Collection

On August 29, 2017, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic announced that the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) had sent her a memo indicating...more

New Interim Leader of MSHA Appointed

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently announced his appointment for the new interim Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Wayne D. Palmer, who was formerly chief of staff to...more

Can Your Workplace Weather the Storm? 6 Questions to Consider as Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall

If weather reports are accurate, by the time it makes landfall, Hurricane Harvey stands to be the first major storm to hit the United States in more than 10 years. Harvey, which as of this writing is a category three storm in...more

How to Survive the Dog Days of Summer: OSHA’s Yearly Heat Campaign Sizzles

On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: “Water. Rest. Shade.” As part of the seventh annual heat illness prevention campaign,...more

All Bets Are On in California? The Golden State’s Bid to Legalize Sports Gambling

If you’re gearing up for your fantasy football draft, you might be interested to know that the California Legislature is considering a proposal to legalize sports gambling. Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 18 is a...more

California Employers Face New Notice Requirement for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Time Off

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has published a new form that must be added to the growing list of documents that employers are required to provide to employees at the time of hire. The new...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act: 5 Facts You Need to Know

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act, which requires some establishments with single-occupancy restrooms to display signs indicating that the restroom is gender-neutral, has been in effect since March 1, 2017. Assembly Bill...more

New Supreme Court Term to Kick Off With Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases

On July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States released the October 2017 term’s calendar for oral arguments, including the date it will hear oral argument in the three consolidated class action waiver cases that are...more

Dhillon Nominated to Replace Lipnic as EEOC Chair

On June 28, 2017, the White House announced that President Trump had selected Janet L. Dhillon to be chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Dhillon, who is currently the general counsel of a...more

Here We Go Again! DOL Proposes to Rescind the Permanently Enjoined “Persuader” Rule (and Perhaps Revise It)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) moved one step closer to undoing President Obama's permanently enjoined “persuader activity” regulation when, on June 12, the agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for reverse...more

Class Action Waiver Update: Ogletree Deakins Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting Businesses and Employers

On June 16, 2017, Ogletree Deakins filed an amicus brief in the class action waiver cases that are currently before the Supreme Court of the United States: National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems...more

States May Not “Hale” an Out-of-State Railroad: No Personal Jurisdiction, Supreme Court Rules

On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States held that section 56 of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) does not address personal jurisdiction over railroads. The two underlying lawsuits were filed in...more

Neil M. Gorsuch Confirmed to Be the Next Supreme Court Justice

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Gorsuch’s nomination establishes a 5-4 conservative majority on the high court,...more

. . . And Then They Invoked the Nuclear Option: Gorsuch’s Nomination to be Confirmed

On April 6, 2017, Senate Republicans invoked the nuclear option - clearing the road for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch. As a result, Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States is...more

No April Fools: Groundbreaking California Workplace Violence Safety Order for Healthcare Workers to Take Effect on April 1

The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board recently passed a new safety order intended to protect healthcare workers from workplace violence. The new safety order, which the California Office of...more

Employer Discretion Advised: The Latest on San Francisco’s Cutting-Edge Parental Leave Ordinance

San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) became effective on January 1, 2017, for employers with 50 or more employees. Effective July 1, 2017, the PPLO also applies to employers with 35 or more employees and, on...more

EEOC Made Easy? Agency Launches New Online Portal to Ease Intake in Five Cities

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that five of its offices have launched a new system to make the charge-filing process easier. The new Online Inquiry and Appointment System...more

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ADA and FMLA Claims Fail for Call Center Employee Who Dropped Calls

In a published opinion, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) do not require employers to excuse an employee’s misconduct...more

Revised Pay Transparency Provisions Now Available

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently updated the pay transparency provision that employers covered by Executive Order (EO) 11246, “Equal Employment Opportunity,” must post and include in their...more

Who Is Alexander Acosta, and Will He Be the New Labor Secretary?

Within less than 24 hours following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s first choice to fill the position of Secretary of Labor, the president announced at a press conference on Thursday, February 16 that his...more

5 FAQs on the New Federal Contractor Privacy Training Requirement

Federal government contractors must comply with new privacy training procedures as a result of a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and...more

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