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Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Immigration

For those of you who missed the third and final Presidential debate, immigration was an important topic discussed by the 2016 Presidential candidates. Moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates about their positions and...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XXV: Midwest Still Sick with Sick Leave Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: Minneapolis, MN made four key amendments to its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance and Cook County, IL passed the Earned Sick Leave Ordinance - Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Updated - Nearly...more

Prescribing the “minimum effective dose”

Drafting and enforcing post-employment restraints has a lot in common with good medicine. It is necessary to prescribe only the “minimum effective dose” – the amount necessary to produce the desired outcome with minimum...more

Kentucky High Court Strikes Down Louisville Minimum Wage Law; Lexington Law Also Affected

Local governments in Kentucky lack the authority to establish their own minimum wage rates, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled 6-1. Kentucky Restaurant Ass’n, et al. v. Louisville/Jefferson Cty. Metro Gov’t,...more

Don't Delay: No Change in the December 1, 2016 Deadline for Compliance with the Department of Labor's Final Rule on Overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") requires employers to pay employees at the rate of one and half times their regular rate for each hour an employee works beyond forty (40) in a work week. However, the FLSA does provide...more

Gig Economy Giant’s Uber-Creative Management Style for Maintaining Independent Contractor Workers

Uber’s inventive management style continues to be a topic of conversation in the gig economy world. In the wake of the $100M Uber class action litigation settlement being rejected (primarily due to monetary terms), a new case...more

California’s Fair Pay Act Expanded To Preclude Employers From Relying On Salary History To Justify Wage Gaps

In August, we alerted you to several measures around the country that may indicate a trend towards restricting employers from seeking or relying upon applicants’ wage histories, including then-pending California Assembly...more

OSHA Postpones Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions of e-Recordkeeping Rule Again

OSHA has once again delayed enforcement of the controversial anti-retaliation provisions of its new electronic injury and illness recordkeeping rule. OSHA issued its second delay of the effective date of enforcement of this...more

Protecting a Tech Company’s Technology and Other Employment Terms: Proprietary Information and Invention Assignment Agreement

Ideas, knowledge and processes are the most important aspects of most early-stage tech companies, so one of the most important questions facing these companies is how to protect the intellectual property and the business from...more

“Oh The Times . . . They are A-Changing:” EPA & DOJ Follow Through on Worker Endangerment Initiative

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that four Texas companies agreed to plead guilty to criminal violations of the Clean Air Act at oil and chemical processing facilities, and to collectively...more

EEOC Announces Enforcement Priorities

On Monday, the EEOC announced its updated strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The updated plan contains the organization’s priorities and strategies for enforcing laws and regulations on equal...more

"SEC Staff Issues Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rules"

On October 18, 2016, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretive guidance on the pay ratio disclosure requirements in Item 402(u) of...more

OSHA Proposes to Apply Its Lockout Standard to Expected Startups

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Lockout Standard (29 C.F.R. 1910.147) applies today only to “unexpected” startups of machinery. For example, the standard does not apply if alarms give employees such...more

Federal Pay Equity Legislation Promised

Legislation coming to the Federally Regulated Employment Sector (and possibly provincially-regulated employers enrolled in the Federal Contractors Program) - The Canadian pay equity model requires employers to assess the...more

Workplace Law Discussed During Final Presidential Debate

Workplace law was once again a topic of discussion during last night’s third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While not covered as extensively as during the first debate on September 26,...more

Loi Travail : les nouvelles règles en matière de durée des accords collectifs

Since August 10, 2016, the rules concerning the duration of collective agreements are changed. Previously, collective agreements in principle were permanent. An express clause could, however, provide a fixed term of up...more

Federal Court Orders EPA to Evaluate Job Losses from Air Regulations

On October 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia ruled in favor of Murray Energy Corporation (Murray) in its section 321 suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The court...more

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2017

In 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that established a statewide minimum wage. The Florida minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. The Florida...more

OSHA Updates and Publishes “Top Ten” Most Frequently Cited Standards

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA just updated its annual list of the top ten cited standards. The list provides a starting point for employers reviewing their own safety programs. OSHA just announced the Agency’s annual listing...more

The Problem With The BIC

The biggest hallmark for the new Fiduciary Rule is the best interest contract exemption and the need for brokers to get those signed with their retirement plan and IRA clients. Getting legalese written on paper isn’t going to...more

Telework Under The ADA & Other Nondiscrimination Laws

A workforce that adheres to a traditional work style, or a consistent eight-hour workday in the same location – with no offsite work or interaction with business colleagues or customers – is increasingly becoming a relic in...more

Enforcement Date Of OSHA Rule Delayed Again — Until December 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed for a second time the enforcement date of its new “Reasonable Reporting Procedure” rule as it pertains to post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs....more

A Look Through The Crystal Ball: The EEOC’s Updated 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 17, 2016, the EEOC unveiled its updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021. It ought to be required reading for every employer and their executive teams. The New...more

Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemptions Raise Questions About Service Contract Act Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule that updates the overtime regulations for executive, administrative and professional employees (the "white collar exemptions") under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is set to take...more

4 More Things to Know About Transgender Rights in the Workplace

“Bathroom Bills” Apply to All Public Facilities, Including Showers and Locker Rooms. Despite being commonly referred to as “bathroom bills,” the laws and policy statements regarding transgender individual’s bathroom...more

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