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Labor & Employment E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The House recently passed a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow certain employees to choose to take paid time off rather than overtime pay when working more than 40 hours in a workweek. Ron Flowers and...more

Limited Impact of New Florida Law Deeming Uber, Lyft and Other Ride-Sharing Drivers Independent Contractors and Not Employees

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed the Transportation Network Companies Act (HB 221), which designates drivers for ride-sharing companies in the on-demand or gig economy as “independent contractors” as long...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Committee Rejects Anti-Uber Amendment - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon unanimously rejected a proposal from the Senate Judiciary Committee to impose high automobile liability insurance limits on...more

Security Breach Notification Becomes More Complex For Employers

by Littler on

With new and sophisticated schemes perpetrated by hackers and scammers, and sensitive personal information becoming increasingly accessible to numerous insiders, it is only a matter of time before most employers will be...more

President Trump Signs 11 CRA Resolutions Overturning Obama-Era Regulations

by Baker Donelson on

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has a short 60 legislative day window to overturn regulations after they are finalized by the Administration. That window began to close on March 30, the final day to...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

Searches of Devices at the U.S. Border

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although longstanding policy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorizes searches of electronic devices in the possession of travelers arriving in the United States, recent reports of such searches...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Employment Law - January 2017 #3

President Taps New Heads for Federal Employment Agencies - Why it matters - President Donald J. Trump appointed new leaders for the federal employment agencies during his busy first few days in office, tapping...more

Executive and Judiciary Showdown over the Whistleblower Protection Act

by NAVEX Global on

The new administration’s recent decree that certain federal agencies refrain from communications with the media sets up a showdown between the executive and judicial branches of government. ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Work Gets Underway at Maine State House - Momentum is building in the Maine Capitol as...more

Be Prepared Even if Taking the Wait and See Approach

by FordHarrison on

My son is addicted to movie trailers. Don’t get me wrong, I love movie trailers myself, but my son takes it to another level. I recently checked the YouTube history on the iPad we permit our kids to use and found that instead...more

Addressing Post-Election Tensions in the Workplace

by Littler on

As the extreme rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign slowly wanes, the divisions it exposed remain raw. Many Americans celebrate the election of President-elect Trump, while many others continue to express concern about...more

What Clinton, Um, Trump Means For Social Media and Employment Law

by Cozen O'Connor on

This was supposed to be posted last Wednesday morning. All kinds of great insight into what a(nother) Clinton White House would mean for social media and employment law. Then came the required post-election cut and paste....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Veteran’s Day in the US means Singles Day in China, the world’s biggest shopping day and a major test for Alibaba to keep growing on the day it helped invent....more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

by Littler on

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

by Dentons on

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

by Wilson Elser on

Recruiting Practice Reminders - If you are a hiring manager or human resources professional who posts job openings to your organization’s website, carefully review the content to ensure it is specific, clear and concise....more

Social Links: Livestreaming goes mainstream; social-media-use guidance for judges; three years in jail for trolling?

Facebook signs more than $50 million worth of deals with media firms and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service....more

What You Need to Know About the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

President Obama is expected to sign the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), which was passed by Congress at the end of April 2016. This law could impact your property protection, litigation and employment law strategies....more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending...more

What Employers Need To Know About Supreme Court Issues After The Passing Of Justice Scalia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Make no mistake, the role of Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court profoundly impacts the balance of power among the branches of our government. Now, with the untimely passing of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, the void...more

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

Maine Is Latest State To Restrict Employer Access To Personal Social Media Accounts

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, Maine became the latest state to enact legislation restricting an employer’s access to employees’ and job applicants’ personal social media accounts. The new statute prohibits an employer from requiring, coercing or...more

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