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Corporations and the 2016 Federal Election: Do You Know What Your Employees Are Doing?

As the 2016 presidential primary season proceeds, we are quickly approaching the summer conventions and the November presidential election. With the political contests becoming more heated, this post is part of a new series...more

Hacked and Left Holding the Bag - Cyber Liability Issues

If you read any newspaper, trade publication or twitter feed, you know that ongoing concerns regarding cyber security continue to grow. We have seen an article in the New York Times discussing hacking of major law firms with...more

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

Last week, The Verge covered a new system that can measure the hidden bias in otherwise secret algorithms. This system is very interesting, given that one of our biggest concerns about the use of big data is its potential to...more

FLSA Overtime Exemption Salary Threshold Update

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule on overtime exemption likely to impact more than 4 million American workers and their employers. The DOL doubled the salary “white collar” employees must...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Resignation Triggers the Limitations Period for Constructive Discharge Claims

The United States Supreme Court resolved a split among appellate circuits about when an employee must take action to pursue a constructive discharge claim. The Court held that the 45-day limitation period for a federal civil...more

More Egregious Aggregation Under ERISA in the Sun Capital Partners Case? The District Court Goes Down Yet Another Road

The recent opinion by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Sun Capital Partners case may be troubling to private equity funds and...more

Cooling hot political buttons

During every political campaign, I am reminded of the notion that if we speak about our co-workers or subordinates in the manner in which the American voter speaks about political candidates, we should expect some remediation...more

Transgender Video Game Industry Employee Converted to Independent Contractor Status Raises Misclassification and Discrimination...

A prominent Washington State video game company, Valve Corporation, creator of Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Left 4 Dead, has been sued by a former employee it converted into an independent contractor as an accommodation to...more

Saudi Arabia Update – May 2016

Legal developments - Labor law developments - This month, a number of changes to Saudi Arabia’s labor and employment law regime have occurred. Implementing Regulations of the amended Labor Law - As we have...more

Operation Underground Economy

The California Department of Insurance’s news release on its latest efforts to target the underground economy reminds me of some lines of Mission Impossible: “this is not mission difficult, Mr. Hunt. It’s mission impossible.”...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim Arising from Incorrectly Addressed COBRA Notice

In Vangas v. Montefiore Medical Center, 2016 WL 2909354 (2d Cir. May 19, 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that an employer is not liable for failing to provide a COBRA notice to a terminated...more

New Arizona Legislation May Affect the Interests of Arizona Businesses and Employers

Two new statutes, signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey this legislative session, attempt to set new standards on defining the independent contractor relationship and how wages are regulated. Below is a description...more

First Call Ambulance Service to Pay $55,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Medical Transport Company Refused Accommodation to Pregnant Employee, Federal Agency Charged - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - First Call Ambulance Service, LLC, a Nashville-based company that provides non-emergency medical transport...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - June 2016

The New Fiduciary Rule: What It Means To Plan Sponsors - Bottom line: what does it mean? More than a dozen years ago, there was a medical report that dental plaque could cause heart disease. I thought it was some...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs

With the final rules, the EEOC tried to harmonize, to some extent, its new regulations with the existing HIPAA/ACA regulations. On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued long-awaited...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Illegal and Unenforceable under the NLRA

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Lewis v. Epic-Systems Corp., finding that the company's arbitration agreement, which prohibits employees from participating in “any...more

2014 Statistics of Income

The IRS regularly releases information garnered from tax filings. For those with an interest in this sort of information, based on individual income tax returns for 2014...more

5 Steps To Effectively Manage Workers’ Compensation Claims - Part 1 of 3 [Video]

In part 1 of a 3 part video series, McNees attorney Denise Elliott discusses the tricky world of workers’ compensation claims by walking you through the five steps to effectively manage workers’ compensation claims. ...more

DOL’s New “White Collar” Exemption Rule to Impact Health Care Industry

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the publication of a final rule that amends the “white collar” overtime exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to significantly increase the number...more

Suncor Clears Important Hurdle in Implementation of Random Alcohol and Drug Testing in Alberta

Employers seeking to introduce random alcohol and drug testing in hazardous work environments have reason to be optimistic following the recently released decision in Suncor Energy Inc. v. Unifor Local 707A. Justice D.B....more

Vague OHSA charges must be clarified: court orders prosecutor to provide particulars of charge

A judge has ordered a prosecutor to provide “particulars” of a vague charge under the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act, so the constructor could understand the charge against it....more

SEC Awards At Least $5 Million to Whistleblower

On May 17, the SEC announced that a former company insider will receive between $5 million and $6 million for providing a “detailed tip” that led the agency to uncover securities violations. According to the SEC, without the...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations Trimming FLSA Overtime Exemption for White Collar Employees

New Rule Raises Salary Threshold to Qualify for Certain "White Collar" Exemptions. Overview - On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (the "DOL") published its final rule (the "Final Rule") updating overtime...more

Recent Study Says American Economy Needs More Skilled Immigrants

A recent report by a Dartmouth College professor suggests that current H-1B are too restrictive, limit productivity grown and are cost businesses in the United States thousands of dollars per worker. At a time when...more

“Benching” Is Not Just for Athletes: A Timely Review of H-1B Wage Requirements

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has started to notify employers of whether their H-1B petitions were selected in USCIS’s fiscal year 2017 random selection process, or “lottery,” that took place in...more

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