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Budget Blues: Planning for a Possible Government Shutdown

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a long-term funding bill, we could be facing a federal government shutdown with no money flowing to fund non-essential services. While it seems the crisis may be averted for now —...more

Senate Confirms Alex Acosta for Secretary of Labor

On April 27, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Rene Alexander "Alex" Acosta as the nation’s 27th U.S. Secretary of Labor by a bipartisan final vote of 60-38. Eight Democrats and one independent joined...more

What Happens IF There is a Government Shutdown?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

If Congress cannot pass a funding bill by April 27, 2017, only “essential” government workers will continue to work as of May 1 and immigration processes will be affected. ...more

45 Ways in 100 Days: The Projected Impact of the Trump Administration on Today’s Workplace

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

April 29, 2017, marks the 100th day of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. He has proven he is not a traditional conservative Republican, and many in the business community are still wondering about the...more

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The H-1B work visa is in a state of transition. Companies and workers who rely on H-1B visas should be aware of several important changes this spring on the H-1B category, including an update on the H-1B lottery conducted by...more

Trump Administration Issues New Buy American Executive Order

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American.” While there is no immediate impact, the Executive Order (“EO”) sets the stage for executive agencies to perform...more

Two Notable Immigration Developments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch - Any employer who used the revised fillable Form...more

UPDATE: Congress and Trump Administration Repeal “Blacklisting” Rule, Relieving Contractors from Strict Labor Reporting and Other...

On March 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) resolution repealing the so-called “blacklisting” rule, which would have imposed strict labor reporting and other requirements upon...more

Big For Gigs: New Florida Law To Eliminate Misclassification Battles

by Fisher Phillips on

I wrote an article yesterday about the new law that is about to be signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott that will ensure ride-sharing drivers are classified as independent contractors and not employees. You can check out the...more

The DOL's 2016 Proposed Overtime Rule Under the Trump Administration: Reading the Tea Leaves

by Baker Donelson on

The Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) Overtime Rule was slated to take effect on December 1, 2016. The new regulations would have extended the rights to overtime compensation to millions of additional...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. Compressed Committee Activity - Over the next four to six weeks, the Maine legislature’s...more

Canada expands protection of individual rights with new legislation on genetic testing and privacy

by DLA Piper on

Significant legislative changes are on the horizon in the field of genetic testing with Parliament’s recent passage of Bill S-201: An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination (“Act”). The Act will implement broad...more

ALERT: Senate confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Today the U.S. Senate approved Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor by a vote of 60-38. Acosta’s nomination was previously approved by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee...more

Heather MacDougall Re-Nominated as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a move that may be employer-friendly, President Trump has re-nominated Heather MacDougall to the OSHRC. MacDougall represents a Republican vote on cases appealed before the Commission....more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - April 2017 #4

The ACA reduced uninsurance among veterans by 40%; Marketplaces showed signs of stabilizing in 2016; and some states are giving insurers more time to make decisions about offering coverage on the Marketplace next year in...more

Trump Administration’s April 18, 2017, Executive Order on the H-1B Process

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Trump Administration signed another Executive Order (“EO”) titled, “Buy American and Hire American,” which includes the following small proviso on the current H-1B visa program...more

Gig Economy Game-Changer? New Florida Law Ensures Contractor Status For Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state of Florida is about to enact first-of-its-kind legislation that will ensure most ride-sharing drivers are independent contractors and not employees, eliminating costly misclassification battles and providing a...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

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

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...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

The First 100 Days: The Trump Administration’s Impact on Labor and Employment Law Thus Far

Twenty-four executive orders, 13 signed Congressional Review Act resolutions, and one failed healthcare bill…political pundits and policy experts are no doubt tallying up these and other actions as we quickly approach April...more

California Legislature Proposes State Overtime Bill - Measure is Similar to Federal Rule That Was Put on Hold by Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A Texas federal court’s halting of the enforcement of a new federal overtime rule that increases the salary threshold to be considered an exempt employee on Nov. 22, 2016, has received ample press. Under the new Department of...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

District of Columbia Enacts the Universal Paid Leave Act

by Littler on

In late 2016, after more than a year of debate, the District of Columbia Council voted to create one of the most generous paid leave laws in the country. After making it through the congressional review period, the Universal...more

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