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DC Circuit Finds OSHA “Interpretation” Narrowing Retail Exemption Under the Process Safety Management Standard Really a...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a challenge brought by trade associations for the farm supply and fertilizer industries, the D.C. Circuit vacates OSHA memorandum narrowing the retail exemption from the PSM standard. The U.S....more

U.S. Court of Appeals Blocks New OSHA Fertilizer Rules Because of Improper Rulemaking

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to go through the proper rulemaking process before mandating retailers to implement new stricter storage standards for anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, the U.S. Court of...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Employment Law - September 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Moves Associational Disability Claims Forward - Why it matters - Recognizing associational disability claims, a California appellate panel ruled that an employee's claim for disability...more

Expanding Overtime to Farmworkers: Will California Start a Trend?

On September 12, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066. The bill, which is the first of its kind in the nation, will entitle California farmworkers to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Certification of “No Injury” Wage and Hour Class

On August 31, the Ninth Circuit continued its trend of certifying “no injury” classes, this time in the context of an Agricultural Workers’ Protection Act claim that a Washington state fruit and vegetable farm violated the...more

California Agricultural Industry Wage Pains Not Just A Phase - New State Law Will Mandate “Phase-In” Overtime Requirements

On September 12, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016 (AB 1066) into law, providing more stringent overtime protections for agricultural workers. California law...more

New York Implements Regulation Strongly Favoring Payment of Wages by Check and Discouraging Payment by Direct Deposit and Debit...

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) adopted a final regulation setting the conditions by which employers in New York State can pay wages by direct deposit or by debit card. This regulation...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #5

Last week, we were reminded of the impact of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforcement activities. The agency announced that National Freight, Inc. will pay more than $1,000,000 in back wages to 359 workers...more

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities....more

That’s Tainted! What Employers Should Know About OSHA’s Enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Lost in all the landscape-altering changes made by OSHA during the last 18 months was its adoption of enforcement procedures for handling retaliation claims under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). Employers...more

Venezuela: Nuevo Programa de Emergencia Obliga a los Patronos a Proporcionar Trabajadores a Empresas Estatales

El Ministerio del Trabajo en Venezuela ha publicado en la Gaceta Oficial un programa de trabajo forzoso, que exige a los patronos del sector público y privado proporcionar trabajadores a empresas estatales, como una especie...more

Venezuela: New Emergency Program Forces Employers to Supply their Workforce, on Demand, to Benefit State-Owned Entities

Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor has enacted the establishment of a forced labor program, which will require public and private sector employers to supply their workers as “temporary loans” to State-owned companies to boost the...more

Protecting Food Industry Whistleblowers: FDA, OSHA team up under FSMA

In 2011, when the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed, it sought to revamp food safety in the United States. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been hard at work passing regulations to implement the...more

Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor

Agricultural producers and processors throughout the United States face significant pressure to ensure their operations comply with federal and state labor laws. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown goods and local labor...more

NC Legislative Update - July 2016

Last Week - Following a fast paced week, the legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. After convening on April 25th, lawmakers completed the short session in just 68...more

J&R Baker Farms to Pay $205,000 to Settle EEOC Race and National Origin Discrimination Lawsuit

Georgia Farm Favored Foreign Workers Over American and African-American Workers, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - J&R Baker Farms, located in Norman Park, Ga., will pay $205,000 to settle a national origin and race...more

Unions Pressure Carolina Farmers

Carolina farmers must constantly deal with changing weather and markets. Add one more challenge: labor unions. Recently, labor unions have actively targeted certain agribusinesses in the Carolinas....more

H-2A Delays Cost Farmers Profits and Customers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are responsible for processing H-2A guest worker visa applications, but farmers are seeing delays of up to two weeks in the arrival of these...more

California Legislative Update

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

Another Statute With Broad Whistleblower Protections - The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

In April, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule governing unlawful retaliation against workers who complain about or disclose food safety concerns to their employer or to OSHA....more

OSHA Issues Rules for Food Safety Whistleblower Cases

On April 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued final procedural rules for investigating whistleblower cases under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The...more

History Repeats Itself: The EEOC Scores Big Judgment Against Absent Party

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC obtains a multi-million dollar default judgment against an out-of-business company in a case alleging “human trafficking” discrimination claims....more

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