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Countries at a Glance: Canada - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, the Plan and related...more

FTC and DOJ Issue Guidance on Application of Antitrust Law to Employee Hiring and Compensation

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) jointly released Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals (guidance) to explain how...more

Court finds Onionhead a religion in reverse religious discrimination case

Many of you who read the headline about “Onionhead” being considered a religion in the context of a discrimination case may have guffawed or shaken your head in disbelief. The 102-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge...more

Mon General Hospital to Settle Discrimination Charge Filed By Female Employee Denied Benefits For Same-Sex Spouse

Employee Benefits No Longer Exclude Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses - MORGANTOWN, W.V. -- Mon General Hospital has agreed to conciliate a charge of sex discrimination filed by its employee, Kathy McIntire, alleging that...more

Despite Lawsuit, OSHA Publishes Interpretation for New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite an ongoing lawsuit over its rules, OSHA issues interpretation for its May 2016 retaliation and recordkeeping rule. We previously blogged that OSHA had again delayed, to December 1, 2016,...more

Mutual Fund Sales by Intermediaries – Fall-Out from DOL Fiduciary Rule and FINRA Enforcement

Mutual fund sales and distribution arrangements are once again under review. It has been reported that fund intermediaries are re-examining their practices relating to sales charges, share class structures and product...more

EPA Must Consider Regulatory Impacts on Coal/Utility Industry Jobs and Plant Closure

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment to Murray Energy Corporation and its subsidiary coal companies, including UtahAmerican Energy, Inc. The decision...more

Countries at a Glance: Brazil - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, employees should...more

Additional SEC Guidance on Pay Ratio Disclosure

As issuers prepare for the pay ratio disclosures that will be required with respect to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations...more

Beginning next year, Florida’s minimum wage is going up

On January 1st, 2017, the minimum wage in Florida will increase from $8.05 an hour to $8.10 an hour. This represents the fifth-smallest hourly increase since Florida established a state minimum wage in 2005. For tipped...more

Employment Law - October 2016 #2

California Employers Face New Laws - Why it matters - Employers in California will be facing some new laws in the coming months as Governor Jerry Brown signed several employment-related bills on the last day of the...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

Texas Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of Key Portions of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rules

A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the labor law violation disclosure requirements and restriction on use of arbitration agreements portions of the Fair Pay and Safe...more

Countries at a Glance: Israel - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

Employee Stock Purchase Plans - Labor Concerns - A claim for breach of contract could arise where a Plan is amended or discontinued. It is recommended that Plan provisions are drafted so as to preclude temporary...more

Antitrust Agencies Release Guidance on Employee Hiring and Compensation

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jointly issued written guidance for human resource (HR) professionals on how antitrust law applies to employee hiring and...more

Another Benefit of Arbitrating Employment Disputes

One of my least favorite phrases in blogging is “repurposing content.” The verb “repurposing” hurts my ears. You can give something a purpose, but you’re not “purposing” it. And if “purposing” isn’t a verb, how did...more

Failing to Properly Classify Workers as Employees vs Independent Contractors: Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later - Common Legal Mistakes...

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip # 5 Properly Classify Workers as Employees versus Independent Contractors...more

EU Consultation on Machinery Directive

The European Commission launched a public consultation on September 22, 2016, on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive (Directive 2006/42/EC), which aims to promote the free movement of machinery within the EU, and to...more

Election Day is Coming – What are Your Obligations as an Employer?

With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on...more

Mandatory Wage Exemption Changes

Gunner Gunter employs dealership manager Sayles and computer technician H. Packard (“Pack”) at Falconaire’s Fine Ford and pays these “white collar” employees $40,000 per year. In busy sales months, each averages 50-60 hours a...more

Department of Labor Rule Paves the Way for State-Run Retirement Plans

On August 24, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule governing the exemption of state-run retirement plans from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Over 30 states have either...more

Transactions Update: Purchase Price or Compensation

Purchase Price v. Compensation - ..Companies are choosing to stay private significantly longer than the vesting period for stock options ..Recent proposals by private companies to buy back stock from current and...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Enjoins Implementation Of Part Of Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Executive Order,...

On October 24, 2016, just one day prior to effective date of the Regulations and Guidance implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (collectively the “Rule”), Judge Marcia Crone of the U.S. District Court...more

Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Agency Issues Guidance on Gender Identity Discrimination

Recently, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) published guidance on gender identity discrimination, which the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (commonly known as “Chapter 151B”) has...more

New York’s Highest Court Issues IC-Friendly Ruling, Holding That Certain Yoga Teachers Are Valid Independent Contractors

Earlier today, October 25, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued an important decision on the issue of independent contractor status. The Court held that a group of yoga instructors working at a New York City yoga...more

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