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Equality Act of 2015 Seeks New Workplace Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, companion bills were introduced into the House and Senate seeking the passage of the Equality Act of 2015, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The...more

New York Wage Board Recommends Minimum Wage of $15 per Hour for Fast Food Workers

As we previously reported, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently appointed a Wage Board to make recommendations on increasing the minimum wage for New York State fast food employees. Throughout the recent public meeting...more

Here We Go Again—The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act

For the fourth time since the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April 2010, a Congressional bill proposes to further amend the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act...more

The DOL and the Proposed Fiduciary Rule: A Prediction

Public comments regarding the Department of Labor’s proposed new fiduciary rule were due and the process will continue. I have said all along that the Department of Labor (DOL) will get a new fiduciary rule in place...more

Gov. Christie’s Cuts in N.J.’s Mandatory Public Pension Funding Found to be Legal

A recent study estimated that state public pension plans are underfunded by $4.7 trillion (yes, that’s a “T”). Ten states have plans in which less than 30-percent of benefit obligations are funded, and only three states have...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The North Carolina General Assembly returned to Raleigh from a 10-day recess on Monday, July 13. House and Senate members have not yet come to a compromise regarding their very distinct budget proposals. However, last week...more

Senate Extends Employee Whistleblower Protection to Antitrust Violations

On July 16, 2015, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which has exclusive jurisdiction over federal antitrust laws, unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to extend federal whistleblower protections to employees who...more

Changes to Sunday Trading Laws – Good News for Retailers?

In his emergency summer budget of July 8, Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to the Sunday trading rules in England and Wales. In this bulletin we provide a brief reminder of the current rules and look at what the...more

House Judiciary Committee: Don’t Bank on Immigration Reform

On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism,...more

NLRB v. The Constitution: Constitution Wins

In early 1999, the Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas asked police officers to remove union protesters from a temporary walkway in front of the Venetian — a walkway the Venetian built on its property in exchange for the...more

President Obama Signs Trade Measures

It was not easily accomplished, but on June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law a series of trade measures, including Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), providing the administration with rules governing the negotiation of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Adjourns “sine die” As the final gavels in the Maine House and Senate came down around...more

Connecticut Takes Next Steps Toward Implementing Paid Family and Medical Leave

In a recently enacted budget measure, Connecticut has moved one step closer to implementing statewide paid family and medical leave for employees. However, details about funding and the extent of coverage that any ultimately...more

Congress Continues to Threaten Contracting by Inverted Domestic Corporations - Congressional Action May Further Restrict IDCs from...

Recent congressional action regarding Inverted Domestic Corporations (IDC) may lead to further limitations on the ability of IDCs to contract with the federal government. Starting with the 2002 legislation that established...more

When Political Discourse “Trumps” Workplace Rules

You thought Donald Trump was all over the place before. The golf courses, beauty pageants and reality shows paled in comparison to what we have seen and heard in 2015. Jumping into the ring of this election cycle’s...more

Antitrust Whistleblower Protection Bill Introduced In Senate (Again)

On June 17, 2015, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 (Act), a bill that proposes whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the...more

Brazil: Amid Great Recession, Government Issues Executive Order to Stave Off Unemployment and Reduce Labor Costs

On July 6, 2015, the Brazilian government issued an Executive Order (MP 680/15 and Decree 8.479/15) called Program to Protect the Employment (“PPE”) to slow down the rise of unemployment and the deepening of the recession. ...more

July 2, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

Premature Fireworks on Jones Street - We know it’s only July 2nd, but thanks to the fight over Greensboro City Council Redistricting we have fireworks! On the eve of the Legislative Summer Recess a carefully crafted...more

Congress Considers More Whistleblower Protections for Oil Industry

Several lawmakers in Congress are proposing a bill to expand whistleblower protections for those in the oil industry working on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These workers are playing key roles in oil and gas...more

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

The potential policy directions discussed at these hearings ranged from moderate reform to a complete ban on non-compete agreements in Massachusetts, the latter largely supported by start-up and venture capital groups. In the...more

Alberta's NDP Government's Flagship Bill Bans Corporate and Union Donations to Political Parties in Alberta

On June 23, 2015, the Alberta legislature unanimously passed the first bill of Alberta's new NDP government. Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta passed in third reading with the unanimous support of all parties,...more

First look at the Department of Labor's proposed overtime regulation

After President Obama announced in an op-ed on Monday that it was coming soon, the US Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Division published its long-awaited proposed overtime regulation. This proposed regulation addresses the...more

Final Right to Work Blog (127th Maine Legislature)

Efforts to pass “Right to Work” legislation in Maine have been defeated for the second time in four years. Three bills that were able to survive on minority reports after being heard and worked by the Legislature’s Joint...more

PA Budget Watch

On Tuesday June 30th, Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a 2015-16 budget with no new taxes and sent it to Democrat Governor Tom Wolf who promptly vetoed the bill and called upon legislative...more

N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make...more

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