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Trump Administration Issues New Buy American Executive Order

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American.” While there is no immediate impact, the Executive Order (“EO”) sets the stage for executive agencies to perform...more

UPDATE: Congress and Trump Administration Repeal “Blacklisting” Rule, Relieving Contractors from Strict Labor Reporting and Other...

On March 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) resolution repealing the so-called “blacklisting” rule, which would have imposed strict labor reporting and other requirements upon...more

Big For Gigs: New Florida Law To Eliminate Misclassification Battles

by Fisher Phillips on

I wrote an article yesterday about the new law that is about to be signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott that will ensure ride-sharing drivers are classified as independent contractors and not employees. You can check out the...more

The DOL's 2016 Proposed Overtime Rule Under the Trump Administration: Reading the Tea Leaves

by Baker Donelson on

The Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) Overtime Rule was slated to take effect on December 1, 2016. The new regulations would have extended the rights to overtime compensation to millions of additional...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Compressed Committee Activity - Over the next four to six weeks, the Maine legislature’s...more

Canada expands protection of individual rights with new legislation on genetic testing and privacy

by DLA Piper on

Significant legislative changes are on the horizon in the field of genetic testing with Parliament’s recent passage of Bill S-201: An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination (“Act”). The Act will implement broad...more

Heather MacDougall Re-Nominated as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a move that may be employer-friendly, President Trump has re-nominated Heather MacDougall to the OSHRC. MacDougall represents a Republican vote on cases appealed before the Commission....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #4

The ACA reduced uninsurance among veterans by 40%; Marketplaces showed signs of stabilizing in 2016; and some states are giving insurers more time to make decisions about offering coverage on the Marketplace next year in...more

Trump Administration’s April 18, 2017, Executive Order on the H-1B Process

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Trump Administration signed another Executive Order (“EO”) titled, “Buy American and Hire American,” which includes the following small proviso on the current H-1B visa program...more

Gig Economy Game-Changer? New Florida Law Ensures Contractor Status For Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state of Florida is about to enact first-of-its-kind legislation that will ensure most ride-sharing drivers are independent contractors and not employees, eliminating costly misclassification battles and providing a...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

Security Breach Notification Becomes More Complex For Employers

by Littler on

With new and sophisticated schemes perpetrated by hackers and scammers, and sensitive personal information becoming increasingly accessible to numerous insiders, it is only a matter of time before most employers will be...more

The First 100 Days: The Trump Administration’s Impact on Labor and Employment Law Thus Far

Twenty-four executive orders, 13 signed Congressional Review Act resolutions, and one failed healthcare bill…political pundits and policy experts are no doubt tallying up these and other actions as we quickly approach April...more

California Legislature Proposes State Overtime Bill - Measure is Similar to Federal Rule That Was Put on Hold by Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A Texas federal court’s halting of the enforcement of a new federal overtime rule that increases the salary threshold to be considered an exempt employee on Nov. 22, 2016, has received ample press. Under the new Department of...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

District of Columbia Enacts the Universal Paid Leave Act

by Littler on

In late 2016, after more than a year of debate, the District of Columbia Council voted to create one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country. After making it through the congressional review period, the Universal...more

Buy American Executive Order

On April 18th, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO” or “Order”) focused on the Buy American laws and regulations. See Buy American EO. This EO directs federal government entities to review their procurement rules...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

Will Employers Cry Mayday This May 1? What You Need To Know About Planned Protest Activities

by Fisher Phillips on

May Day has historically been a day marked by workers’ rights protests, with union organizing activities and other employee advocacy actions taking place across the country on what is now known as “International Workers’...more

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Higher Education Associations...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017....more

Fate Of Enjoined White Collar Overtime Rule Still Undecided: Unlikely To Defend Obama Administration Rule, The Trump...

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), minimum wage and overtime requirements do not apply to any employee covered by the “white collar” exemption. To be considered a white collar worker under that exemption, the FLSA...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXVIII: Cook County Releases Draft Sick Leave Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date nears, the County has released draft regulations seeking to clarify and expand certain aspects of the Ordinance, including the...more

Trump names Miscimarra Chairman of the NLRB (no more of this “Acting” stuff!)

According to Politico‘s “Morning Shift,” President Trump on Friday night promoted Philip Miscimarra from Acting Chairman to plain old Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Congratulations, Chairman!...more

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