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Minnesota Legislature Gives Up on Bill to Preempt Cities’ Safe and Sick Leave Ordinances

In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision...more

Legislative Update: Pregnancy Discrimination Protections Under State Law Changing?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Connecticut House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that would greatly expand the already broad anti-discrimination provision that exist under Connecticut law. The bill, House Bill...more

New Funding Framework for DB Pension Plans Announced A Follow up from the 2017 Ontario Budget

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On May 19, 2017, the Ontario Government announced that it is implementing a new funding framework for defined benefit (DB) pension plans in Ontario. Highlights include...more

First Impressions of the President's Proposed FY18 Budget for Labor and Employment Agencies

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget proposal—a more detailed and developed version (it’s nearly 1300 pages long) of the so-called “skinny” budget that was released in March of 2017....more

Applicability Date for DOL Conflict of Interest Rule is Looming

by Winstead PC on

As you may be aware, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Conflict of Interest rule expands the scope of the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA and the Code to cover more classes of financial advisers. While the final rule...more

Preparing for the GDPR

by DLA Piper on

Significant changes to data protection law are due to come into force in just over a year's time on 25 May 2018 in the form of a new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will impact on the way that pension...more

Paid Parental Leave One Step Closer To Reality- President’s Proposed Budget Seeks 6 Weeks Of Paid Leave For All Families

by Fisher Phillips on

The White House released the details of President Trump’s proposed budget today, and if the president has his way, employees will be eligible to receive up to six weeks of paid parental leave by the year 2020. However,...more

Is the 8 and 80 Overtime Exception for Hospitals and Health Care Providers the Right Fit for Your Company?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers pay most workers at least minimum wage for all hours worked, plus overtime – one and one-half the employee's regular rate of pay – for all hours worked in excess of...more

House Hearing Examines EEOC's Regulatory and Enforcement Policies

by Littler on

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing to discuss the direction of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The witnesses and lawmakers raised several topics...more

Living with the DOL Fiduciary Rule: Be Prepared for the June 9 Implementation Date

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The first phase of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new fiduciary rule (“Fiduciary Rule”) is scheduled to be implemented on June 9, 2017. The Fiduciary Rule greatly expands the categories of persons who are deemed...more

New Georgia Law Expands Use of Paid Sick Leave

by King & Spalding on

Effective July 1, 2017, Georgia employers with more than 25 employees will be required to allow eligible employees to use up to five days of paid sick leave each calendar year to care for immediate family members, including...more

California’s Ambiguous Day of Rest Requirements Clarified by State Supreme Court - Employers Need to Schedule Accordingly

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California employees are generally required to be provided one day’s rest in a seven-day work week. (See, Cal. Labor Code sections 551, 552 and 556.) For years, there has been confusion over what it means for employers to...more

Department of Labor Provides Guidance on Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released a new set of FAQs confirming that the compliance date for the fiduciary rule will remain June 9, 2017 (with compliance required as of 11:59 PM on that date)...more

State Department Makes Predictions about EB Cut-Off Date Movement

by Morgan Lewis on

Notably, the State Department stated with certainty that the EB-2 Rest of the World category likely will retrogress in the coming months....more

Picking a Fight: How California Makes Employment Law Peculiar

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Our mission here at Cal-Pecs is to illuminate how California employment law differs from the law that employers generally experience throughout America. In this back-to-basics piece, we provide some...more

IRS Provides Guidance to Employers Using Payroll Service Providers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

These days, the majority of mid-to-large employers use payroll service providers for ease of payroll recordkeeping and administration. These third party providers help ease the burden of calculating taxes and withholding,...more

OSHA Delays Electronic Recordkeeping Compliance Date

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it intends to delay for an unknown period of time the initial compliance deadline for electronic submission of injury and illness recordkeeping...more

Bill Permitting “Comp Time” in Lieu of Overtime Heads to Senate

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

A Republican proposal to allow private employers to offer employees compensatory time off in lieu of paying overtime at time–and–a–half their regular rate has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and next moves...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Prior Salary Can Be A Legitimate Factor Other Than Sex Under Federal Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Relying on salary history to justify differences in employee pay can be a valid defense under the Equal Pay Act, according to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Rizo v. Yovino,...more

President's Budget Proposes Paid Leave, Funding Cuts, and Merger of OFCCP and EEOC

by Littler on

President Trump has released his proposed federal budget, setting out his priorities for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins October 1. As anticipated, the budget represents a marked shift in potential government spending; it...more

Court Finds No Bar On Rescinding Workers’ Compensation Insurance, Even After Filing of Claim

In Southern Ins. Co. v. WCAB (No. B278412, filed 5/10/17), a California appeals court, reversing a workers’ compensation arbitrator’s decision, held that a workers’ compensation policy can be rescinded for material...more

Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule Will Go Into Effect June 9th

The Department of Labor has announced that the new fiduciary conflict of interest rule and related exemptions will begin taking effect on June 9, 2017, ending speculation of further delay. At the same time, the Department...more

Honor Our Veterans By Recruiting And Hiring More Of Them

Memorial Day is upon us. While the idea of a three-day weekend, cookout, and pool party can be distracting, I encourage everyone to stop and remember those who have lost their lives in the service of our country. It’s also a...more

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. The law directed the Secretary of the Puerto Rico...more

Lavoro agile e riforma lavoro autonomo

In attesa della sua pubblicazione in Gazzetta Ufficiale, forniamo qui di seguito una breve panoramica delle novità introdotte dal disegno di legge (2233-B) denominato "Misure per la tutela del lavoro autonomo non...more

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