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The NLRB Does It Again!

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ratified all the decisions made by the NLRB, including those made in administrative and personnel matters, during the period of time when it did not have a proper quorum....more

NLRB Continues Its Busy Summer with Important New Decisions on Weingarten Rights, Noel Canning Issues

The National Labor Relations Board continued its busy summer over the past two weeks. First, the Board issued a decision reaffirming the importance it places on an employee’s Weingarten rights, even if they impede an...more

NLRB Ratifies Administrative Actions Taken during Invalid Recess Appointment Period

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in N.L.R.B. v. Noel Canning, et al., which invalidated President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the NLRB recently ratified a...more

Pension Reform Update

As June 30 approaches, the likelihood of an on-time balanced budget remains a question. And while there are many factors contributing to the commonwealth’s grim fiscal situation, there has been a lot of talk as of late about...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of June 9

While budget negotiations continue to take center stage this month, some state legislators elsewhere throughout the Capitol are making moves to change the size of state government and the rules by which elected officials and...more

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

On Friday, May 23, 2014, the White House, through its executive branch and other federal agencies, issued the Spring 2014 edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published twice a year, the agencies’ regulatory agendas...more

President Seeks Additional Funding For DOL To Clear Case Backlog

Although unlikely to be passed in its current form, President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request to Congress allocates an additional $2 million of the Department of Labor’s requested $1.8 billion budget so that the...more

Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

In his fifth State of the Union speech, President Obama announced that he planned to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, up from the current federal...more

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of...more

Lawsuit for a Retaliatory or Discriminatory Firing under the Labor Code May Not Be Filed Until After Fired Employee Completes...

After complaining about a supervisor smoking in the office, an employee of the State Assembly was fired. Believing the firing was motivated by his complaint, the employee filed a lawsuit against the Assembly, claiming...more

Court Clears Way For Case Against CalPERS, Judicial Council & Prison Healthcare Receiver

Nearly two years ago, Mr. Daniel E. Francis filed a petition for writ of mandamus against CalPERS and other based on allegations that the penstion fund had laundered the salary of the receiver appointed by the U.S. District...more

Employment Law Blog: The Continuing Saga of the NLRB Recess Appointments and Fallout

On January 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit published an opinion in Noel Canning v. National Relations Board, Case No. 12-1115. The case arose out of a dispute between employer Noel Canning, a...more

Senator Introduces Bill To Freeze NLRB Decisions

Hundreds of National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) actions, many of which make it easier for workers to unionize, would be frozen or invalidated under legislation proposed this week by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy)....more

CFPB Powers Could Be Invalidated Following Ruling on NLRB Recess Appointments

On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that President Obama’s purported “recess appointments” to the NLRB last year are constitutionally invalid....more

DC Circuit Court of Appeals Throws Out Recess Appointments to the NLRB

In a stunning rebuke to President Obama, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals declared the President’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as unconstitutional. The ruling could have...more

Canning v. National Labor Relations Board

Obama NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional (Text Copy)

Full text copy of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling in Canning v. National Labor Relations Board, which found President Obama’s recess appointments of three members to the NLRB in January 2012 to be...more

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Announces Her Resignation

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced her resignation in a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) employees on January 9, 2013. Just 12 days before the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama for a...more

D.C. Court of Appeals may soon invalidate President Obama’s NLRB recess appointments: implications for CFPB

Earlier today, we reported on the panel discussion of the lawsuit filed by State National Bank of Big Spring that took place at the ABA Committee on Consumer Financial Services in Naples, Florida during a session entitled...more

New Law Expands “In-Plan” Roth 401(k) Conversions

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the "fiscal cliff" bill) allows employers to amend 401(k), 403(b) and governmental 457(b) plans to permit participants to convert pre-tax account balances to Roth account balances. ...more

A Soft Landing From The Fiscal Cliff For Employee Benefits

Well, Congress in the season of giving has provided plan sponsors and participants with multiple beneficial opportunities to start 2013. Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8), also known as the...more

Fiscal Cliff Bill Includes Commuter Tax Benefits

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), signed on January 3, increases the pre-tax contribution that commuters may make towards van pools as well as transit passes....more

Supreme Court’s Next FCA Whistleblower Case?

Imagine you own a company that does business with a federal agency. The company’s contract with the agency specifies that the company will deliver widgets of a particular quality....more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Administrative/Congress: Post-Election Avalanche Of Rules Could Be Coming

In the face of strong criticism by the business community that regulations were holding back the economy and job creation, in 2011 the White House began putting the brakes on numerous initiatives that were working their way...more

Do Employers Need Policy Reviews Following The Election?

The election is over, so now what? Elections have consequences, and the consequence of this election for employers' employment policies is breathtaking. Have an arbitration policy? It is likely unenforceable. Rules protecting...more

Legislative Update: Legislature Addresses Gifted And Talented Program, Indirect Cost Rates, Educational Placement Of Foster...

KMTG is continuing our series reviewing new legislation. Unless noted otherwise, the new laws take effect January 1, 2013. Gifted & Talented Program — AB 2491 - Current law evidences the Legislature’s intent to...more

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