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Federal Court Invalidates Obama Administration Overtime Exemption Rule

On August 31, 2017, Judge Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas invalidated the long-enjoined Obama Administration revised overtime regulation. The same judge previously granted a temporary, nationwide injunction blocking...more

Department of Labor Overtime Regulations Enjoined by Federal Judge

Late yesterday Judge Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary, nationwide injunction blocking implementation and enforcement of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) revised overtime regulations. The regulations,...more

Department of Labor Higher Salary Thresholds Effective December 1, 2016

As an important reminder, the Department of Labor (DOL) minimum salary levels for the white-collar exemptions increase effective December 1, 2016. ...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of its New Anti-Retaliation Provisions until November 1, 2016

There have been significant developments impacting the portions of OSHA’s new work-related injury and illness rule scheduled to become effective on August 10. As our July 7 alert explained, the new requirements include, among...more

Does Your Company Have "Reasonable" Procedures for Employee Reporting of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Consistent with...

OSHA’s May 12, 2016 final rule revising its recording and reporting regulations received a great deal of publicity, in large part, because of the new requirements beginning in 2017 for some employers to electronically submit...more

EEOC Files First Suits Against Businesses Alleging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Previously, federal courts, for the most part, held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion and sex, does not provide a basis for...more

OSHA Announces National "Step-Up for Safety" Campaign for Upstream Industry

On February 19, 2016, OSHA announced the 2016 Step-Up for Safety Campaign to raise awareness about hazards in the oil and gas industry. The campaign is a joint effort among OSHA, the STEPS Network, and NIOSH....more

2/22/2016  /  NIOSH , Oil & Gas , OSHA , Workplace Safety

U.S. Department of Justice Expands Worker Endangerment Initiative

On December 17, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum to all 93 U.S. Attorneys urging federal prosecutors to work with the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resource Division (ENRD) to...more

NLRB Broadly Expands Employee Rights to Use Company Email for Union Organizing and Other Protected Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that employees have the right, during “nonworking time,” to use company email systems for union organizing and other activity protected under the National Labor Relations...more

OSHA Broadly Expands Injury Reporting Requirement

Under a new rule issued by OSHA last week, employers will be required to report to the agency any workplace incident resulting in the in-patient hospitalization of even one employee. This report must be made within 24 hours...more

California Supreme Court "Green Lights" Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

On June 23, the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, a case involving state wage and hour claims, recognized that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 Concepcion decision effectively invalidated the California...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement Prohibiting Employee Collective or Class Action Claims

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit joined the Second, Eighth and Ninth Circuits in upholding a class action waiver in an employment arbitration agreement. This is an important victory for employers in...more

Federal Court Rejects ADA Suit Over Random Alcohol Testing of Probationary Plant Employees

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenge to U.S. Steel Corporation's random alcohol testing of probationary employees at one of the company's most safety sensitive...more

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