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Merkens v. Federal - Injured Worker Who Failed To Challenge Termination Of Workers’ Comp Benefits In Industrial Commission Cannot...

The court of appeals affirmed. A workers’ compensation carrier can commit the tort of bad faith in two ways: (1) the intentional and unreasonable denial of a claim (“bad faith denial of benefits”); or (2) the intentional and...more

Uber’s ADA Conundrum

When you think of Uber (or similar companies like Lyft and Sidecar) you probably think of a transportation company. You request a ride on the company’s app and a driver (in his own vehicle) picks you up. The nature of the...more

SCOTUS Jurisdiction Watch: Exhaustion of EEOC Administrative Remedies

On May 28, 2015, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to meet and decide whether to grant or deny certiorari in Duble v. FedEx Ground Package System Inc., Supreme Court Case No. 14-1028. Petitioner, Duble, seeks...more

Rhode Island and Federal Officials Agree to Cooperate in Investigating Independent Contractor Misclassification

On May 7, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI-DLT) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which they agreed to...more

Bill 42: Towards a central portal in labour and employment

On April 15, 2015, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity tabled Bill 42 in the Québec National Assembly. The Bill is titled, An Act to group the Commission de l'équité salariale, the Commission des normes...more

USCIS on Amended H-1B Petitions for Change in Work Location

As previously reported, on April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), which is responsible for the review of certain decisions rendered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued a published...more

New USCIS Guidance Has Significant Consequences for H-1B Employers

On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a precedential decision (Matter of Simeio Solutions, 26 I&N Dec. 542) that significantly impacts U.S....more

Massachusetts DOR May Lose Staff This Summer

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) likely will have significantly less employees starting July 1, 2015, due to a Massachusetts employee retirement incentive program. Governor Charlie Baker recently signed...more

OSHA Publishes New Whistleblower Investigations Manual

OSHA released an updated version of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual (CPL 02-03-005) on May 21, 2015–the first update since September 2011. The manual now reflects procedures for investigating MAP-21 whistleblower...more

New GAO Report on Contingent Workforce Shows 85% of Independent Contractors Are “Content with Their Employment Type”

A comprehensive government report on the contingent workforce made public two days ago revealed surprising data about independent contractors, finding that 85% of independent contractors “appeared content with their...more

EEOC Launches First Phase of Digital Charge System

On May 6th, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced the launch of a pilot program called ACT Digital in 11 of its 53 offices, which allows for the digital transmission of documents between the EEOC...more

EEOC Conciliation Efforts Subject To Limited Judicial Review

In Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the United States Supreme Court held that the conciliation efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are subject to judicial review, although such review is limited to ensure...more

California Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Whether California Health Care Workers Can Lawfully Waive a Second Lunch Period.

This week, the California Supreme Court agreed to review the decision in Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Center, No. G048039 (February 10, 2015), where the California Court of Appeal partially invalidated the Industrial...more

Is It Time to Switch Gears? Enforceability of Automotive Company Employee Confidentiality Restrictions

Given the large workforces and importance of intellectual property and trade secrets in the automotive industry, automotive companies rely heavily on confidentiality provisions in employment agreements and employee handbooks....more

EEOC Retains Subpoena Power Even after Complainants' Private Lawsuit was Dismissed

Employers beware: in a shocking decision out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, a court has allowed the EEOC to engage in a fishing expedition to gather more evidence against a company which had already successfully...more

SEC Approves Proposed Rules for Executive Compensation

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) narrowly approved proposed rules requiring certain reporting companies to disclose the relationship between pay to named executive officers and performance by...more

NLRB Continues to Expand Employee Protections Under Federal Labor Law

In Sabo, Inc. the National Labor Relations Board (Board) found that the employer, a vending machine company, violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it fired an employee who had expressed concerns about job...more

DOL Files Complaint Against Plan Fiduciaries for Using 401(k) Contributions and Loan Repayments to Fund Plan Sponsor’s General...

On April 10, 2015, the DOL filed a complaint against Enterworks, Inc., the Enterworks, Incorporated Shared Savings Plan, and two individual fiduciaries of the Savings Plan (the Defendants). In the complaint, the DOL alleges...more

Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?

The President, the EEOC and the Justice Department have announced that gender identity discrimination is prohibited sex discrimination under Title VII. Since these declarations, the number of lawsuits alleging gender identity...more

Union Represented Employee Not Entitled To Co-Worker Witness During Investigatory Interview, NLRB Rules

The last few months at the NLRB have been relatively quiet, save of course for the ambush election rules which went into effect on April 15; the true impact of these rules has yet to be revealed. Many of the recent Board...more

Department of Labor proposes to expand the definition of fiduciary: top points

The US Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations that may have a significant effect on those who recommend or market investment products and services to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts. ...more

Alert: SEC Proposes New Rules on Pay Versus Performance When "Compensation Actually Paid" is Not Compensation Actually Paid and...

On April 29, 2015, the SEC voted to propose rules requiring public companies to disclose the relationship between compensation actually paid and company financial performance. The proposal comes almost five years after the...more

Expanded Whistleblower Protections Impact Confidentiality Policies and Agreements

All employers should review their confidentiality policies and agreements to ensure adequate protections for whistleblowers in the wake of recent actions by both the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the National...more

Comingling of employee and patient data compromises employer’s HIPAA defense to employee’s claim of discharge for union activity

An administrative law judge (ALJ) of the National Labor Relations Board has concluded that a health care employer’s use of its medical records software to store employee contact information allowed an employee to access that...more

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Policies - NLRB General Counsel’s Guidance Memorandum and Recent Cases Highlight NLRA Issues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) continues to address the scope of permissible employer policies and workplace rules through guidance issued by its General Counsel and in Board decisions. In March...more

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