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Will Peyton Manning Have a Storybook Ending or Will SuperCam Prevail? Tuah the Orangutan picks the Panthers while the...

We are back with our annual Super Bowl prediction post. As noted in prior years, people are increasingly making their predictions based on two indicators: unemployment rates and the whims of Utah zoo animals. They each have...more

NJ Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

On February 4, 2016, in Trenton, New Jersey State Assembly Leader Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and State Senator Ray Lesniak proposed a bill to raise the state minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 for all New Jersey...more

Zika Virus and the Legal Issues With an Employee's Refusal to Work

It’s big news! On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement declaring Zika virus to be a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The WHO did not find a public health justification...more

Adventures in Joint Employment: the Browning-Ferris Saga Continues with an Appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Last week, Browning-Ferris Industries, the California-based waste management company, appealed two decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board related to the definition of joint employer. Its appeal to the U.S....more

Seventh Circuit Allows Reverse Racism Claims To Proceed Against Contractor

Earlier this week, the Seventh Circuit allowed a Caucasian construction worker to take his reverse racism claims to trial because there were factual disputes about the reason for his termination. The plaintiff, Terry...more

What GCs Need to Know About Settling Employment Claims

As we noted in a recent post on another topic, most of the lawyers we know who serve as general counsel are stretched pretty thin. It’s just not possible for them to become expert in all the areas of law they encounter....more

What To Expect When You're Not Expecting: How To Handle Unplanned Visits From Federal Agencies

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management...more

House Passes Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

On February 3, 2016, the House passed H.R. 1675, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2015. The bill directs the SEC to revise regulations to require an issuer to furnish investors with additional specified disclosures...more

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: H-1B

From proposals to slash the H-1B cap to overhauling the EB-5 investor program, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview 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 Delays Passage of a Tax Conformity Bill - The Appropriations Committee worked on...more

The Department of Labor Issues the Most Expansive Definition Yet of Joint-Employer Status

In its first major guidance of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a definition of joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that is even broader than the definition of joint-employer...more

One More Win for the Union: 24 Hours Less to Campaign in Mail-Ballot Elections

On January 29, 2016, the NLRB in Guardsmark, LLC, 363 NLRB No. 103 (decision), changed over 50 years of precedent under the guise of “clarifying” a well-established rule concerning when the captive-audience speech prohibition...more

The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased...more

5 Things I Don’t Like About The EEOC’s “Pay Survey” Proposal

The proposal was announced by President Obama in a White House ceremony last week celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The proposal could certainly have been worse. The EEOC would...more

Agreement on Safe Harbor Replacement, the New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Considerations for HR Departments

Our winter 2016 edition of the Employment Law Briefing Newsletter discussed the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) decision to invalidate the Safe Harbor framework. Concern about the lack of...more

When Will We Know If Title VII Applies To Cases of Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

A Judge in the Northern District of Illinois has found that the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do not extend to cases of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling is in...more

EEOC Retaliation Guidance, Part 2: Was Your Employment Action “Adverse”?

What’s a “materially adverse employment action”? This is the second part in what should be a three-part series (it’s possible that we’ll need four) on the proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues...more

If Pain, Yes Gain -- Part XVI: Winter 2016 Brings Flurry of Paid Sick Leave Activity

One area of employment law that certainly isn’t hibernating this winter is mandatory paid sick leave. Since the start of 2016, mandatory paid sick leave developments have occurred from coast to coast and include: (1) an...more

“Show Me the Money”: EEOC Seeks Pay Data from Large Employers

On January 29, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced a proposal to begin collecting pay data from private employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors. The EEOC currently...more

Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media...more

Proposed EEOC Rule To Place New Reporting Burdens On Employers

Many employers will be required to supply pay data to the United States government under a recently proposed EEOC rule. The proposed rule will require federal contractors and other employers with more than 100 workers to...more

EEOC Doubles Down on Push for Pay Equity: Requiring Pay Data on EEO-1 Reports

The EEOC’s latest proposal, requiring employers to report pay data annually on their EEO-1 reports, shows that the Obama Administration means business when it comes to pushing for pay equity—not only for women, but also for...more

NLRB Continues to Tweak its Election Procedures; Announces New “Captive Audience” Rule in Mail Ballot Cases

The National Labor Relations Board conducts representation elections by manual voting, where voters cast their ballots in a voting booth, by mail voting, where voters mail their ballots to an NLRB regional office, or a...more

A Change in Direction for Change in Condition?

On January 20, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals handed down its opinion in Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 WL 231216, and held that claimant is not required to prove a change of condition by objective...more

DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a final rule in the Federal Register which revises its regulations affecting highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty...more

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