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New York Appeals Court Holds Class Action Waivers Violate the NLRA While Employers Await Definitive Ruling From Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument in October on whether class and collective action waivers are enforceable. While employers await the Supreme Court’s decision, other courts continue to weigh in on the matter....more

DOL to Seek Public Comment on Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, it will formally seek public comment on the overtime rule by publishing a Request for Information (RFI)....more

USDOL To Publish "White Collar" Exemption Information Request

by Fisher Phillips on

A U.S. Department of Labor Request for Information will be published tomorrow morning to seek additional public comment regarding the 2016 compensation revisions in the regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards...more

Washington Enacts Paid Family And Medical Leave Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

All Washington employers must provide paid family and medical leave under a bill signed by Governor Jay Inslee on July 5, 2017. The new law creates an insurance fund that employers and employees both pay into, with a 0.4...more

Timing Is Everything: USCIS Revises Form I-9 To Clarify When Section 1 Should Be Completed

As you may recall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently modernized the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to offer both a “paper” and an “electronic” version. Last week, the USCIS released yet...more

Premium Processing Resumed for Certain H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As of July 24, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing service for certain types of H-1B cap-exempt petitions. While premium processing is still not available for most H-1B petitions, USCIS announced that it will now...more

Predictive Scheduling and the Fight for a “Fair Workweek”: What Employers Need to Know

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Retailers and fast food companies in particular should be aware of the growing push for “fair workweek” legislation at the city, state, and federal levels. In just the past few years, over a dozen states and cities have...more

Dollar General Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Portal, Ga., Store Manager Refused to Interview Applicant After Seeing Her Arm in a Sling, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - The owner-operator of a Georgia Dollar General store violated federal law by discriminating...more

New York State Appellate Court Finds Arbitration Agreement Requiring Employees to Bring Claims Individually Violates The National...

by Littler on

On July 18, 2017, in Gold v. New York Life Ins. Co., New York’s Appellate Division, First Department issued a decision that directly contradicted the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Sutherland...more

DOL Seeks Comment on Overtime Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On July 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor will publish its anticipated Request for Information on the White-Collar Overtime Exemption in the Federal Register. The RFI will give the regulated community 60 days to provide...more

Worker Classification Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued a reminder for small businesses on the importance of correctly classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. Employers failing to do this correctly...more

USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Petitions

by Baker Donelson on

On July 24, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Premium processing for H-1B petitions had been suspended in...more

Workplace Analytics: What Does The Law Say?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Hopefully by now you have recognized the benefits of workplace analytics and are becoming more comfortable understanding any associated risk. Does the law provide any guidance? As we discussed in a prior blog entry, some...more

Settling claims with one joint tortfeasor

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Settlement with one tortfeasor resulted in claims against another tortfeasor being released too, which was not what the claimant had intended. In this regard, the Court of Appeal highlighted the distinction between a...more

Certification Of Alleged Misclassified Bakery Distributors Denied Due To Predominance Of Individualized Issues

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Class certification would have been granted in Soares v. Flowers Foods, Inc., 3:15-cv-04918 (N.D. Cal., June 28, 2017), but for the allegedly misclassified independent contractors’ decision to deliver, or not deliver, the...more

Blowing the Whistle: Employers Must Properly Respond to Employee Allegations of Wrongdoing

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ("OSHA") Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various federal laws. Examples...more

Gavel to Gavel: Preventing data breaches

by McAfee & Taft on

The risk data breaches and cyberattacks pose to small businesses cannot be overstated. Roughly half experienced a breach within the past year at an average cost of $665,000 and immeasurable lost revenue. Worse yet,...more

Wisconsin Appellate Court Holds Management Policy Does Not Negate At-Will Employment Relationship

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

At-will employment is the default rule in Wisconsin. Employers may terminate for any reason or no reason at all. However, that relationship can be overridden by contract, in some cases inadvertently, through employee...more

US Supreme Court Denies Motion to Clarify Scope of Prior ‘Travel Ban’ Decision

by Morgan Lewis on

The Court’s decision leaves in place the relevant parts of a July 13 decision by a federal district judge in Hawaii finding the administration’s interpretation of “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United...more

As If Leave Laws Aren’t Complicated Enough – Don’t Forget That Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The myriad of leave laws and requirements often make employee leave requests an area of confusion, concern and risk for employers. If an employee has a medical condition and must take leave from their job, there may be...more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

Employers Should Be Aware of Pitfalls When Entering into Severance Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Severance agreements in the workplace have evolved considerably during the last twenty-five years. The idea of severance being paid to an employee only where a company has an established severance plan is no longer a reality....more

September 18 Deadline Set By U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Employers to Use Revised Form I-9

by Genova Burns LLC on

Currently, every employer that recruits, hires, or refers employees for a fee in the U.S. is required to complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification process within three days of a new employee’s hiring.  On...more

Good Faith Belief in Employee’s Wrongdoing Serves as Defense Against Retaliation Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling may offer employers in North and South Carolina another defense against an employee’s retaliation claim: No liability for adverse action against an employee based on the...more

Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Declines to Reconsider Sexual Orientation Discrimination Decision; Plaintiff Will Appeal to U.S....

In April, we reported that a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit held that sexual orientation discrimination is not prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, et....more

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