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Joint Employers Under Labor Law

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) changed the standard that has existed for many years for determining whether two or more entities are “joint employers” of the same employees....more

NLRB’s New “Joint Employer” Standard: Seismic Impact for California Employers?

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued its much-anticipated decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, 362 NLRB No. 186 (August 27, 2015). By a 3-2 vote, the Board announced a new standard to...more

The NLRB Expands the Definition of “Joint Employer”

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “Board”) issued a decision greatly expanding the standard for determining whether a company may be deemed a “joint employer.” The Board’s decision, in...more

NLRB Changes Joint Employment Standard, with Far-Reaching Implications for Employers

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries and, as expected, changed the standard for determining joint-employer status. If the decision stands, it will...more

The Third Circuit Requires Benefit Denial Letters to Contain Plan Limitations Period

In Mirza v. Insurance Administrator of America, Inc., No. 13-3535 (3d Cir. August 26, 2015), the Third Circuit became the latest Court to require benefit denial letters to include a notification of the plan’s limitations...more

Federal Court Vacates STEM Extension Program

Current STEM OPT holders not affected until February 2016. A federal judge's ruling earlier this month invalidated the 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for international students in the science,...more

Joint Employer Standard Expanded: NLRB Overturns 30 Years of Precedent

In a dramatic departure from over 30 years of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has modified the standard by which it determines whether two entities are "joint employers" under the National Labor Relations Act...more

Discrimination by Association: It’s Illegal.

You may have heard of guilt by association before, but what about discrimination by association? Everyone knows that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of an employee’s disability, but what if the employee has a...more

Last Minute Write-Up Has Unintended Negative Legal Results

Time and time again, human resource professionals get blank stares when they ask managers for documentation supporting their strong desire to get rid of an employee they consider to be a poor performer. Not having prepared...more

NLRB Expands Joint Employer Coverage

On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board overturned 30 years of precedent, significantly expanding its definition of joint employer coverage under the NLRA. This decision has wide implications, including possible...more

NLRB Dramatically Expands Joint Employer Standard in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc.

On August 27, 2015, a divided (3-2) National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed the standard for joint employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in its lengthy Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc....more

New Specialized Knowledge Standards Coming for L-1B Transfers

Multinational companies wishing to transfer foreign national employees to the U.S. under the L-1B program will have to show the employee’s “specialized knowledge” by a “preponderance of evidence” under new guidance published...more

Employee Benefits Law Alert

Third Circuit Clamps Down On ERISA Notice Requirements - Plan administrators beware. The Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Mirza v. Insurance Administrator of America, Inc. may change the way that you...more

CHRO Right to Sue Letter Enough to Bring Federal Discrimination Claims to Court

In catching up over some interesting employment law cases from 2015, I came across Lennon v. Dolce Vida Medical Spa. You would be forgiven if you missed it because it’s an unreported Superior Court decision on a...more

It’s Back To The Future with the NLRB’s new “Joint Employer” standard

On August 27, 2015, the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California (Browning-Ferris) and, not surprisingly, returned employers to a pre-1984...more

Anti-Arbitration Bill Approved by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Assembly approved AB 465. The bill, which was approved by the California Senate on August 24, would prohibit California employers from requiring most individuals to enter into arbitration...more

Your Compliance Toolbox: 7 Tips for a Successful Interactive Process

Dealing with issues related to accommodation requests at work can be a daunting task—even for the most seasoned HR or legal professional. The path to a successful interactive process and a meaningful analysis of an...more

Impact of NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision on Independent Contractors: State-of-the-Art IC Agreements Can Protect from...

Few independent contractor agreements we have reviewed, even those of Fortune 500 companies, are relatively free from clauses that undermine the IC relationship because such agreements typically contain clauses that retain...more

NLRB Again Upends Long-standing Precedent in Creating Broad New Joint-Employer Standard

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued its highly anticipated decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California. In the 3-2 decision, the Board majority modified the standard for determining whether...more

Appeals Court Upholds DOL Changes to Home Care Worker Exemption

In a major defeat for the home health care industry, on August 21, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that had blocked issuance of an interpretation making thousands of currently exempt workers...more

All Together Now: NLRB Expands the Joint-Employer Standard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision yesterday in a long-litigated case that further defined how two entities could be considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The...more

NLRB Adopts New Joint Employer Standard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed organized labor a major victory that in certain contexts will likely give unions significantly increased leverage at the bargaining table in a landmark ruling issued on...more

The New L-1B Adjudications Policy, Effective August 31

The recently issued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final policy memorandum on L-1B visas clarifies the requirements for a sponsoring multinational organization transferring international personnel to the...more

Fourth Circuit Decides Rule Exempting Certain Management Professionals from Retaliation Lawsuits Not Applicable under Title VII

Employers in the Fourth Circuit states of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia must now be mindful that employees who deal with complaints of discrimination and harassment can point to that...more

Old Facebook Comments Justified Dismissal

In British Waterways Board v Smith UKEATS/0004/15/SM, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) examined whether an employer acted lawfully when dismissing an employee for gross misconduct due to remarks he had made on Facebook...more

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