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Connecticut Mandates Double Damages for Failure to Pay Proper Minimum Wage or Overtime

On June 23, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that imposes double damages on employers who fail to pay an employee minimum wage or overtime. With one exception, the new law requires a...more

Back from the Dead: Procedural Changes Coming to CHRO and New Protections for Domestic Workers

So in a post earlier on Friday, I recapped most of the employment law legislation that passed — except one. That bill, Senate Bill 446, was titled “AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM “DOMESTIC WORKER”. ...more

Blacklisting Proposed Rule and DOL Guidance Could Have Serious Repercussions for Those Doing Business with the Federal Government

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures ordered by...more

California Legislative Update

The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

EEOC Officials Field Pointed Questions During Senate Committee Hearing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement strategies and ligation history came under fire from Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday. During the hearing...more

Legislation Proposed to Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On April 29, 2015, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015 (AFA), which would amend the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. (FAA), by...more

The White House's So-Called "Black List" Order Aims to Deny Federal Contracting with Companies Not in Compliance with Federal...

In July 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order dubbed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that, once implemented, will allow the government to deny a company a contract if it or certain subcontractors violated –...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2014 Year in Review - Overview of the Board's Significant Actions

Introduction - If the National Labor Relations Board seemed to be on the ropes in 2013, it certainly came out swinging in 2014. Last year, we reported that the Board faced a number of serious legal battles. Although...more

Executive Labor Summary - November/December 2014

NEWS & ANALYSIS - NLRB changes longstanding rule for deferral to arbitration awards - The National Labor Relations Board has had a busy December with four major new developments. We have already reported on two of the...more

President Obama Issues New Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On July 31, President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations. The order applies to new contracts for goods and services, including construction, valued at more than...more

Executive Order May Block Contractors with Labor Violations from Receiving Federal Contracts

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”) that requires contractors to (1) disclose recent violations of various workplace laws before being awarded federal...more

Employment Law - July 2014

Recess Is Over: Supreme Court Strikes NLRB Appointments - Why it matters: Striking a blow to the President and the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Supreme Court held that three recess appointments made by...more

New York Assembly Passes Bill Limiting Contractors’ Use Of Arbitration Provisions

On May 5, 2014, the New York Assembly passed a bill limiting the use of arbitration provisions for employment claims by businesses that contract with New York State. The bill would prohibit New York state agencies from...more

NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

Senate Confirms Three National Mediation Board Nominees

Last night, the U.S. Senate confirmed a three-member slate of National Mediation Board (NMB) nominees, giving the NMB a full complement of members for the first time in over a year....more

Contributions To Arbitrator’s Judicial Campaign Are Not Enough To Establish “Evident Partiality”

The Third Circuit refused to vacate an arbitrator’s award, despite allegations that she failed to disclose contributions the defendant’s parent company had made to her judicial campaign and failed to disclose that she...more

NLRB Decisions To Fall Like Dominos?

As you may have heard, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals recently sent shockwaves through the labor relations world by holding that President Obama's "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board...more

Reducing the burden on business – changes to employment law in the UK? By Matthew Howse and Emma Damiral

Introduction - The UK labour market is one of the least regulated labour markets among developed countries, with only the US and Canada having lighter overall regulation. Nevertheless, the UK government is concerned to do...more

Airline Management Newsletter -- August 8, 2012

In This Issue: Court Blocks Election at American Airlines; NMB Clarifies Run-Off Election Rule; Pilot Required to Arbitrate FMLA Claims; Airline Did Not Regard Employee as Disabled under the ADA; and Recent NMB Results -...more

Pennsylvania Legislature Restores Jurisdiction of Act 47 over Interest Arbitration Awards

Governor Corbett last week signed SB 1321, which requires that Act 111 interest arbitration awards comply with a municipality’s Financial Recovery Plan under the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47). The law becomes...more

Airline Industry Legal Alert: NMB Clarifies Run-off Election Rule

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has published a revision to its previously issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) clarifying that it will authorize a run-off election only in elections where three or more options...more

Airline Industry Legal Alert: NMB Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Implementing RLA Amendments Which May Eliminate...

Executive Summary: On May 22, the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced that it will hold a public hearing on June 19, 2012, and invited interested persons to share their views on its proposed rule changes relating to the...more

Legal Alert: FAA Reauthorization Act Amends RLA Election Procedures

Executive Summary: On February 14, 2012, President Obama signed the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act (the "Act") into law. The last long-term FAA funding act expired in September 2007. In addition to the...more

NLRB Update: Presidential Appointments Ignite Controversy

President Barack Obama’s controversial appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) have sparked a constitutional firestorm and subsequent legal battle that could potentially alter the makeup of the labor...more

Airline Legal Alert: NMB Maintains Prohibition Against Use of "Hyperlinks" To Voting Website

As reported in a previous Alert, in July 2009 the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced that it was soliciting comments on whether it should permit the use of electronic "hyperlinks" to the website where employees may cast...more

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