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House Hearing Explores Legislative Remedy to Joint Employer Confusion

by Littler on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing concerning the need for legislation to redefine the joint employer standard. As many employers are aware, the interpretation of when...more

Joint Amicus Brief Filed to Protect Franchise Business Model - BB&K’s Thomas O’Connell Counsel of Record

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Thomas O’Connell, as counsel of record, and Roger Crawford recently submitted an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the International Franchise Association, American...more

Disparagement Doesn’t Require Malice

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The NLRB recently has upheld some of the most outrageous employee conduct because it viewed the conduct to be part and parcel of “protected, concerted activity”. An egregious example of this trend was the NLRB’s finding that...more

FRANCHISEE 101: McDonald's Shaking Damages for OT Policy

by Lewitt Hackman on

In Los Angeles Superior Court, McDonald's claimed victory when 6,600 workers seeking $41 million in back pay and penalties came away with less than 2% of the amount sought in a claim that the fast-food giant cheated them out...more

The DOL Seeks to Change the Tide

While local state and city governments have been working to expand the scope of workplace protections, the Federal government has begun “undoing” some of the aggressive advancements of the Obama Administration....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

State Budget Down to the Wire - At publication time on this last day of June 2017, the Maine Legislature had yet to enact a budget for the biennium that starts at midnight tonight. Last week, the Legislature was presented...more

Will Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Restaurant Jobs?

by Lewitt Hackman on

In 1981 “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first music video MTV broadcast in the United States. The song was actually written a couple of years earlier, appeared on an album entitled The Age of Plastic by the Buggles, and...more

2017 Oklahoma Tax and Fee Legislation

by GableGotwals on

The following are some of the changes in Oklahoma law on state taxation and fees enacted by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2017. Income Tax - Oklahoma Standard Deduction Decoupled from Federal Standard Deduction. For...more

DOL: "Joint Employer" and "Independent Contractor" Guidance Out and Wage and Hour Opinion Letters In

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of withdrawing published interpretations of the concepts of “joint employer” and “independent contractor,” the Secretary of Labor announced this week that it will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters....more

Proposed Changes to Ontario Employment and Labour Laws

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 23, 2017, the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisors released their Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (the Final Report) which outlines 173 recommendations to amend the Employment Standards Act...more

July Is the New January: Beware of Employment Regulations About to Take Effect

by Littler on

As we close out the first half of the year, July ushers in numerous changes in labor and employment law. Notably, many statutes and administrative regulations across the country become operative in July. Before the fireworks...more

Shifting Sands Continue to Undermine Traditional Definitions of Employment

On June 7, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor withdrew two Administrator’s Interpretations issued during the Obama administration that took a broad view of the employment relationship...more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...more

Executive Order and Legislation on Apprenticeship Aim to Give Employers More Flexibility

by Littler on

The day after Senators introduced bipartisan legislation to promote apprenticeships, President Trump signed an executive order to achieve the same end. On June 15, the president signed an executive order (EO): Expanding...more

Putative Class and Collective Action Under Enjoined U.S. DOL Overtime Rule Appears to Face Strong Argument for Dismissal

by Littler on

On June 7, 2107, a plaintiff brought a putative class and collective action against Chipotle for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law. The plaintiff asserts the company...more

NYC Enacts "Fair Work Week" Laws for Retail and Fast Food Employees

by FordHarrison on

New York City’s new package of “Fair Work Week” laws, which go into effect on November 27, 2017, will create new and burdensome scheduling and record-keeping requirements for retailers and fast food establishments, including...more

Franchise Law: Burden of Joint Employer Just Got a Little Lighter

by Lewitt Hackman on

Direct control, indirect control…these are the employment litigation phrases that had franchisors cowering in duck-and-cover positions over the last few years. But the Department of Labor just issued a statement to breathe...more

Kentucky Fried Chicken Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Owner Fired Employee for Taking Prescribed Medications for Bipolar Disorder, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Hester Foods, Inc., the operator of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant franchise in Dublin, Ga., violated...more

USDOL Withdraws Joint Employment and Independent Contractor Guidance

by FordHarrison on

The recent announcement by Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to rescind Administrator’s Interpretation Nos. 2015-1 and 2016-1 should allow employers more latitude to hire independent contractors by removing the restrictive...more

May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in...more

U.S. Secretary of Labor Withdraws Informal Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn its 2015 and 2016 controversial informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. Those two guidance letters, issued during the Obama administration, greatly...more

DOL Trashes Obama-Era “Guidance”

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Wednesday the DOL announced that it was withdrawing two critical pieces of “guidance” issued under the Obama administration. The first piece addressed the DOL’s rather narrow view of who is an independent contractor (S&H...more

The U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance Regarding Independent Contractor versus Employee Classification

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

As we previously blogged here and here, the Obama Administration, through the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) as well as the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), made it clear early and often that it was going to take an...more

New Requirements for Fast Food Employers and Retail Corporations in NYC

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the “Fair Workweek” legislative package that is designed to ensure predictability of schedules and paychecks for workers in the in New York City...more

Shifty Business: NYC Restricts Shift Scheduling for Retailers and Fast Food Chains

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Five new laws in New York City will impose strict limits on shift scheduling for fast food and retail industry employees. The laws will be effective 180 days after their signing, on November 26, 2017....more

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