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Every Employer Can Get In On The On-Demand Economy

The on-demand economy has a number of obvious benefits to individuals who wish to make money on their own terms by creating their own hours and essentially being their own boss. Likewise, gig economy staples such as Uber and...more

Germany: Legislative Change Requires Amendments to Standard Employment Contracts

A legislative change that entered into force on October 1, 2016, affects multinationals with employees working in Germany. In order to comply with these recent changes, companies doing business in Germany should now...more

Employers must accommodate breastfeeding mothers at work

Two female cabin crew members have successfully brought indirect sex discrimination claims against Easyjet. When the women returned from maternity leave they made flexible working requests to Easyjet as they were...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: DOL Changes the Landscape: How Will the New Fiduciary Rules Affect Plan...

Since the Department of Labor issued new rules that go into effect on April 10, 2017, regarding the fiduciary status for purposes of providing investment advice to plans and participants, many plan sponsors have questions...more

Update on Lawsuits Challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

In this update on the litigation challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule, we note that there has been a sixth lawsuit filed and oral arguments in two other cases.  ...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

Court Blocks Rule Requiring Federal Contractors to Disclose Labor Law Violations, But Okays Pay Transparency Rule

On October 24, 2016 the federal district court in Beaumont, Texas enjoined implementation of President Obama’s Executive Order 13673 and the enforcement of FAR Council regulations and U.S. DOL guidance requiring disclosures...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Raise Standard Filing Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced an adjustment in filing fees required for most immigration application and petitions. The new fee schedule will go into effect December 23, 2016. The...more

Considerations When Hiring Executive Branch Employees

As the Obama administration winds down, the number of administration officials leaving the government will increase dramatically. The traditional exodus that accompanies the end of a presidential administration creates...more

Heart of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The injunction prevents the government from enforcing the final rule’s provisions on labor law violation disclosures and the restriction on arbitration agreements. Late in the evening of October 24, mere hours before the...more

AARP Files Suit to Block the EEOC’s Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

As we have previously discussed in detail in several blogs (New EEOC Regulations Provide Roadmap for Wellness Programs; EEOC Issues Final Rules On Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Compliance Under the ADA and GINA; and...more

DOJ/FTC Joint Guidance for Human Resources Professionals Suggests Broad Antitrust Risks

Provisions restricting the hiring of another company’s employees are often included in vendor agreements and a variety of corporate transactions and licenses. And it’s not unusual to see similar constraints adopted in...more

Countries at a Glance: Belgium - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, employees should...more

Justice Department Settles Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Against City of Florence, Kentucky

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with the city of Florence, Kentucky, to resolve a pregnancy and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the department under Title VII of the Civil...more

Incentive Compensation for Employees: Instead of Increasing Banks' Bottom Lines, These Arrangements May Increase the Risk of Fines

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently issued guidance to regulated banking institutions (Institutions) prohibiting them from implementing incentive-based compensation programs unless these...more

Mandatory Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates Pennsylvania's Wage Payment and Collection Law

Over 2,300 current and former employees of 16 McDonald’s franchisee locations in Pennsylvania claimed that mandatory use of payroll debit cards violates the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”), and the...more

Majority of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces requirements preliminarily enjoined nationwide

On October 24, 2016, a day before the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces final rule was set to take effect, a US district court in Texas preliminarily enjoined implementation of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council rule...more

“Going and Coming” Rule Applied for Commute from Paid Hotel to Jobsite

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Attorney Barry P. Goldberg is always looking for sources of additional recovery in all serious motor vehicle accident cases because most negligent drivers simply do not carry enough liability...more

Up, Up and Away: Another Proposed Increase to the Salary Threshold For Exempt Employees In New York

Just weeks before the United Stated Department of Labor (USDOL) regulations are set to increase the salary threshold for exempt employees throughout the country, the New York State Department of Labor is proposing an even...more

Investment Management Update - October 2016

Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial - A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled in favor of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management...more

Politics in the Workplace: A State-by-State Guide to Help Employers Survive the Presidential Election

The 2016 U.S. presidential election has the potential to be one of the most controversial and troublesome elections in U.S. history. There is a broad spectrum of issues employers can anticipate as a result of employees’...more

Workplace Drug Testing and New OSHA Regulations

Every employer has a drug testing policy – even if that policy is to not test its employees or prospects. Performing drug testing on current or prospective employees requires specific criteria, and proper handling of the...more

DOJ and FTC Issue Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

Everyone knows that price-fixing among sellers of competing products is illegal, but price-fixing by buyers can also violate the antitrust laws. That is true even in the market for buying services of employees, regardless of...more

Seventh Circuit to Re-Hear Case Determining Whether Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Covered By Title VII

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Seventh Circuit panel’s ruling that Title VII does not cover claims of sexual orientation discrimination will be heard en banc by the Circuit. Whether an en banc ruling affirms or reverses the panel’s...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2016

Editor's Overview - This month, we look at the implications of the two federal district court cases from California that applied the ban on discretionary clauses typically found in ERISA plans to self-insured plans. The...more

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