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Bonus Points: ARB Upholds Whistleblower Order Challenging Bonus Plan

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) recently upheld an order finding a semiconductor company had constructively discharged a manager who complained the company’s bonus plan violated state wage and...more

Jeffrey Burstein Named New Regional Attorney for EEOC's New York District

NEW YORK -- Jeffrey Burstein, an eight-year attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has been appointed regional attorney for EEOC's New York District effective May 1, the agency announced today....more

Elevated Fine Lacks Justification, Mine Safety Agency Attorney Concedes

A government attorney agreed with opposing counsel that the Mine Safety and Health Administration had not justified a proposed 127 percent increase in fines against an Illinois coal operator. The two sides disagreed, however,...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #17

ABI consults on language for retirement options - ABI is consulting on a draft guide to simplifying language on retirement choices to ensure customers understand their choices – and generally to improve use of terms...more

Is the NLRB Trying to Make Independent Contractor Misclassification an Unfair Labor Practice?

A Regional Director for the NLRB issued an unfair labor practice complaint on April 18, 2016 alleging that a transportation company “has misclassified its employee-drivers as independent contractors, thereby inhibiting them...more

Court sets aside portions of Oklahoma's new workers' comp law

It has been just over two years since Oklahoma’s completely overhauled workers’ compensation system went into effect. Since then, various provisions have come under attack by employees. Shortly after the effective date, the...more

Unworkable Employer Work Rules: The Board Once Again Makes Perfection the Enemy of the Good

The Board majority holds firm to its standard for evaluating employer work rules despite Member Miscimarra’s vigorous dissent advocating for a new, clearer standard that takes into account an employer’s legitimate business...more

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Preventing the Application of the Section 20(a) Presumption with Surveillance

The recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Bis Salamis, Inc. v. Director, OWCP (Joseph Meeks), No. 15-60148 (March 17, 2016), highlights how the defense to a claim under the Longshore and Harbor...more

Is Your Workers Compensation Program Unlawful?

A popular workers compensation insurance program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (Applied Underwriters) and California Insurance Company may be in trouble. On...more

SOX Whistleblower Receives $250,000 Award Related to State Wage Act Complaints

The ARB recently concluded that a former program manager was entitled to recover more than $250,000 in back pay and benefits under Section 806 of SOX based on his discipline and constructive discharge. The ARB clarified that...more

OSHA Proposed Rule Attempts to Undo D.C. Circuit Recordkeeping Statute of Limitations Ruling

Earlier this year, we wrote about a very significant rulemaking to amend OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping regulations to require employers to proactively submit their injury logs and reports to OSHA on a regular and...more

Employee Manuals – Sticking to the Script: New Guidance from the NLRB

On April 7, 2016, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) ruled that five Dan Gilbert companies, including Quicken Loans Inc., Fathead LLC, In-House Realty LLC, One Reverse Mortgage LLC,...more

Judge Garland’s ERISA Jurisprudence Reflects His Methodical and Moderate Reputation

With President Obama’s recent nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, we thought our loyal readers would be interested to learn a little about Judge...more

Social Media Policy Cannot Prevent Employee from Negative Responses to Customer Tweets

The National Labor Relations Board continues to interpret Section 7 of the NLRA to prevent employers from adopting social media policies that restrict employees’ ability to publically complain about their terms and conditions...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: The ACA: New Concerns for Employer Plan Sponsors Under the Fair Labor...

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) anti-retaliation provisions have been in effect for several years, but have so far largely gone unnoticed. Now that employees can get financial assistance through the Health Insurance...more

MMBA Factfinding Applies to All Negotiations Resulting in Impasse

Not Just Negotiations for a Comprehensive MOU - The factfinding procedures required by the Meyers Milias Brown Act apply to all negotiations which reach impasse, not just those arising from negotiations for a...more

Two Additional Lawsuits Filed Challenging the DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

In follow-up to our earlier blog post about the first lawsuit to challenge the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Persuader Rule that was promulgated in late March, two additional lawsuits have been filed challenging the Final...more

The NLRB takes another cut at non-disclosure agreements.

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has increased its scrutiny of various employer practices, including those of non-unionized employers. Among the areas of scrutiny have been non-disclosure of confidential...more

#Concerted Activity in 140 Characters or Less

Employees have increasingly voiced concerns on social media regarding their employment, often including specific statements about their employers. As previously discussed on this blog, an employee’s Facebook post related to...more

OSHA Unveils Controversial Final Silica Rule and Industry Gears Up For Challenges

OSHA has issued its long-sought – and heavily disputed – new regulation aimed at reducing worker exposures to crystalline silica dust, cutting the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) in half for general industry, construction...more

DOL Releases Long-Awaited Persuader Rule

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) finalized the long-awaited “persuader” rule requiring employers and their labor relations consultants, including attorneys, to report any activities by these consultants...more

OSHA Releases Final Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Regulations

OSHA recently released its final rule implementing the whistleblower provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (“CFPA”).  The following are the key features of the rule...more

OSHA Withdraws Long-Planned Rule To Reduce Slips, Trips And Falls

In what can only be viewed as another example of OSHA’s inability to effectively advance its rulemaking agenda, OSHA recently withdrew from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review of its quarter-century-in-the-making...more

Who is Merrick Garland and What Does His Nomination Mean for Labor and Employment Law?

A month after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Obama has appointed Merrick B. Garland to fill the High Court vacancy. Judge Garland currently is Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

ARB Rejects SOX Claim of Employee Who Threatened Co-Worker

On February 18, 2016, the ARB dismissed a former employee’s whistleblower retaliation claim under Section 806 of SOX, concluding that he failed to show that his protected activity contributed to the decision to terminate his...more

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