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What You Need To Know About California's Amended Fair Pay Act That Takes Effect January 1, 2016

California's amended Fair Pay Act goes into effect on January 1, 2016, and is considered the most stringent law in the nation. The new law received broad support from both Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature. It…more

Corporate Counsel, Fair Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Pay Transparency, Recordkeeping Requirements

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Federal Judge Dismisses Claim against University; Failure to Appropriately Monitor Docket Not Excusable Neglect

A federal trial court in D.C. recently dismissed the Amended Complaint of a former professor at the University of the District of Columbia ("UDC" or "University") due to his failure to timely oppose a Motion to Dismiss, finding…more

Breach of Contract, Collective Bargaining, Due Process, Motion to Dismiss, Universities

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USCIS Releases New I-9 Form

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers should now start using the new 11/14/2016 version, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. Until then, employers may use…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, Required Forms, USCIS

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Restaurant Industry Newsletter - April 2013: Help! I just received a Charge of Discrimination from the EEOC. What is it, and what do I do next?

If you just received a charge of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), you are not alone. During the EEOC's 2012 fiscal year, 99,412 charges of discrimination were filed…more

ADA, ADEA, Discrimination, EEOC, Equal Pay Act

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DOJ Publishes Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Relating to No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

In a series of investigations and subsequent court actions, HR professionals have been identified as being potential targets for investigation of allegations of violations of antitrust laws related to employment practices,…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Provisions, Competition, DOJ, Employer Liability Issues

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Supreme Court Upholds University Affirmative Action Admissions Policy

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court held for the second time that race may be taken into account when public universities and colleges admit students. In a 4-3 decision (Justice Kagan recused herself based on her prior work…more

Affirmative Action, College Admissions, Diversity, Educational Institutions, Equal Protection

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Highlights of San Diego Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance Approved by Voters and Expected to Take Effect in July 2016

On June 7, 2016, San Diego voters voted in favor of a proposed two-fold Ordinance, which will increase the City's minimum wage rate and allow employees working within the San Diego city limits to earn one hour of paid sick leave…more

Local Ordinance, Notice Requirements, Paid Leave, Posting Requirements, PTO

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DOL Issues Long-Awaited New Rule Governing Retirement Investment Advisors

On April 6, 2016, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a long-awaited final rule expanding the definition of "fiduciary" under ERISA as well as the duties of investment advisors who qualify as fiduciaries thereunder…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Conflicts of Interest, DOL, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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New York City Ramps Up Efforts to Enforce the Prevailing Wage Requirement of Its 421-a Affordable Housing Tax Exemption

Owners of 421-a tax exempt buildings and developments should practice extreme caution when considering responding (or failing to respond) to the recent notices (Notices) sent by the City of New York Department of Housing…more

Affordable Housing, Prevailing Wages, Property Service Workers, Real Estate Market, Tax Exempt Entities

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OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Final Rules, Incentives

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Airline Industry Alert: Court Finds Federal Law Preempts State Drug-Testing Law as Applied to Flight Attendant

In a decision that is good news for airline employers, a federal trial court in Minnesota has held that the state drug-testing statute, which prohibits discharging an employee the first time the employee fails a drug test, is…more

Airlines, Drug Testing, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Crews, Hiring & Firing

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Airline Industry Alert: RLA System Board Rules That Cessation of Operations as an Air Carrier Resulted in Termination of the CBA

In a recent decision, an RLA System Board of Adjustment has ruled that unilateral termination of a pilot retiree health insurance plan was permissible because the underlying CBA had terminated…more

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

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Massachusetts Voters Say "Yes" to Mandatory Sick Time

On election day, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative requiring employers to provide sick time to their employees. Absent legislative repeal, the mandatory sick time law will become effective on July 1, 2015…more

Employee Rights, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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What’s on the Horizon for U.S. Employers in 2016?

While the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and on-going Congressional gridlock make it unlikely any new federal employment laws will be enacted in the U.S. in 2016, employers can expect federal agencies to continue their…more

Ban the Box, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Background Checks, DOL

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Implementation of DOL's New Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked

A federal court in Texas has issued a decision permanently blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the final version of its "persuader rule." See National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Perez (N.D…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Arbitrary and Capricious, DOL, Filing Requirements, First Amendment

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Ninth Circuit, California Appellate Court Take Aim at Arbitration Agreements

The Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal have each issued decisions that may fundamentally affect how employers deal with arbitration agreements in the future. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit held that…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Tennessee Supreme Court Throws Out Applicant's Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claim Against Prospective Employer

On August 21, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that a job applicant does not have a cause of action under the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act (TWCA) against a prospective employer for failure to hire based on the…more

ADA, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals

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Alabama's New Non-Compete Statute Places New Restrictions on Employers

Effective January 1, 2016, Alabama passed a new non-compete and non-solicitation statute, repealing § 8-1-1 of the Alabama Code (the "New Act"). The New Act attempts to codify principles the Alabama courts have previously…more

Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Solicitation Agreements

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Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation

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EEOC Publishes Revised EEO-1 Pay Data Rule

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a revised proposed rule to collect summary pay data from employers that file EEO-1 reports. The EEOC originally published a proposed rule to collect pay data in…more

EEO-1, EEOC, Equal Pay, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Pay Discrimination

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Home Care Professionals Series Part 1 – NYS Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights

As most home care agencies know, the United States Department of Labor ("USDOL") eliminated the companionship exemption for home care agency workers on October 13, 2015 in its Final Rule on the Application of the FLSA to…more

DOL, Domestic Workers, ESTA, Home Healthcare Workers, Paid Leave

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Who Decides Whether Arbitration Will Include Class Claims? California High Court Says Ambiguous Agreements May Be Decided in Favor of Workers

In a decision that will likely be seen as a win for employees, a sharply divided California Supreme Court ruled that the question of whether a court or an arbitrator decides if an arbitration agreement permits class claims…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Employment Contract, Pre-Employment Agreements

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New OFCCP Sex Discrimination Rule Now in Effect

On June 14, 2016, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published its updated sex discrimination rule for federal contractors and subcontractors. The Final Rule, "Discrimination on the…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay, Federal Contractors, Gender Identity

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Federal Judge Dismisses Claim against University; Failure to Appropriately Monitor Docket Not Excusable Neglect

A federal trial court in D.C. recently dismissed the Amended Complaint of a former professor at the University of the District of Columbia ("UDC" or "University") due to his failure to timely oppose a Motion to Dismiss, finding…more

Breach of Contract, Collective Bargaining, Due Process, Motion to Dismiss, Universities

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Restaurant Industry Newsletter - September 2014

Restaurant Franchisors Targeted by NLRB and DOL for Claims They are Joint Employers of Franchisees' Employees- Restaurant franchisors are facing efforts from both the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S…more

DOL, Franchises, Franchisors, Joint Employers, NLRA

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"Brexit": What American Employers Need to Know

Following the United Kingdom's stunning decision last week to leave the European Union, many US employers with employees in the UK find themselves wondering: What happens now? To be sure, "Brexit" was a monumental and…more

EEA, Employee Relocations, EU, Member State, Popular

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Tennessee Governor Signs Legislation Providing Additional Employment Protections for Handgun Owners

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed legislation providing new employment protections for handgun owners. As discussed in more detail in our March 25, 2015 Alert, the new law creates a private right of action for any…more

Employer Liability Issues, Governor Haslam, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation, New Legislation

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What Impact Could Trump's Election Have on Employers?

The election is over. The vote is in. Donald Trump will be our 45th President. And, for the first time since 2006 (when the 109th Congress was in session during the Bush administration), come 2017, a Republican President will…more

Affordable Care Act, Blacklist, Data Collection, Disclosure Requirements, DOL

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FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that claims…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Collective Actions, Conditional Certification, Corporate Counsel

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ACA Reporting Delayed

On Monday, December 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced in Notice 2016-4 that employers will have additional time to file annual reports required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). The…more

Affordable Care Act, Annual Reports, Cadillac Tax, Filing Deadlines, Health Insurance

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Eighth Circuit Weighs in On Legality of Class Action Waivers

On June 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Cellular…more

ALJ, Arbitration, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel

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California Court of Appeal Finds Fact Investigation by Outside Counsel is Privileged

In City of Petaluma v. Superior Court (Andrea Waters), the California Court of Appeal recently held that outside counsel's fact investigation of an employee's harassment and discrimination claims conducted prior to litigation…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Discrimination, EEOC, Harassment

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Recent Changes to Maryland Law Give Pregnant Employees and New Parents Enhanced Employment Protections

In 2013, the Maryland legislature passed the Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with a disability…more

Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Organized Labor’s International Strategy To Solve Its Domestic Crisis: A look at how American labor unions are reaching out to European and other international allies to influence U.S. labor relations and how companies should respond

Another major factor contributing to organized labor’s decline in the U.S. is the global economy. Asthe market for goods and services transitioned from domestic to global, U.S. companies faced downward pressure on labor costs to…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, DaimlerChrysler, Germany, Global Economy

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North Korea Has Banned Sarcasm. Whatever.

In case you haven’t seen the news, no, the title is not a joke. The last word, however, is probably illegal now in North Korea (not that I worry much that this post is making it through the Hermit Kingdom’s web filters)…more

Employee Evaluations, North Korea, Performance Reviews

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OFCCP Issues New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing – Federal Contractors Must Act Quickly to Ensure Compliance

On September 30, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a newly approved Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing…more

Affirmative Action, Compliance, EEO-1, Federal Contractors, OFCCP

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Hurricane season brings unique employer issues

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, evacuation orders are lifting and recovery efforts are in their early stages. Employers are facing a number of storm-related issues as they prepare to resume normal operations. Here are…more

Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Hurricane Season, Natural Disasters

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NLRB Holds Student Assistants Who Have a Common-Law Employment Relationship With a Private University Are "Employees" Under The National Labor Relations Act

In an August 23, 2016, decision, Trustees of Columbia University, 364 NLRB No. 90 (2016), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled existing precedent and held that student assistants, who have a common-law employment…more

Brown University, Collective Bargaining, Colleges, Educational Institutions, Graduate Students

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Florida Court finds Workers' Compensation Statute Unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida has found that Section 440.11 of Florida's Workers' Compensation Act (the "Act"), which makes the Act the "exclusive" remedy…more

Bodily Injury, Disability, Workplace Injury

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Airline Industry Alert: Court Finds Airline Deregulation Act Does Not Preempt Miami-Dade County's Living Wage Ordinance

On September 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) does not preempt Miami-Dade County's Living Wage Ordinance (LWO). Amerijet Int'l, Inc. v. Miami-Dade Cnty.,…more

Air Cargo, Airline Deregulation Act, Airlines, Airports, Appeals

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Students in Clinical Training Program Were Not Employees Under the FLSA

A federal trial court in Florida recently issued a significant decision on the issue of unpaid trainees under the FLSA, finding that 25 former students of Wolford College were not employees when they participated in a clinical…more

Classification, Employee Rights, FLSA, Full-Time Employees, Students

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[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Continuing Legal Education, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Final Rules, Incentives

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Legal Alert: FCPA Resource Guide Issued

On November 14, 2012, the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Enforcement Division of the United States Security and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued "A Resource Guide to the U.S…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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"Persuader Rule" IMPORTANT UPDATE

Previously, we alerted our clients that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its "persuader rule," which requires employers, third-party lawyers and other labor consultants to disclose to the DOL any…more

Collective Bargaining, DOL, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements, Unions

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Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in…more

Adverse Employment Action, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FEHA

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Legal Alert: Obesity Is A Disease, But Is It A Disability?

The American Medical Association's (AMA's) declaration that obesity is a disease could open the door to a new wave of lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…more

ADA, American Medical Association, Disability, Disability Discrimination, EEOC

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Supreme Court Upholds University Affirmative Action Admissions Policy

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court held for the second time that race may be taken into account when public universities and colleges admit students. In a 4-3 decision (Justice Kagan recused herself based on her prior work…more

Affirmative Action, College Admissions, Diversity, Educational Institutions, Equal Protection

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Employer Not Required by ADA to Permit Employee to Telecommute

Reversing an earlier panel decision, the Sixth Circuit has held that an employee who was unable to regularly and consistently attend work was not a qualified individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act…more

ADA, Appeals, Attendance, Best Management Practices, EEOC

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Does New Jersey's Conscientious "Everyone" Protection Act Trump the NLRB's Exclusive Jurisdiction? State Supreme Court says "Yes" - FordHarrison

Executive Summary: Just when employers thought New Jersey's Supreme Court could not expand the state's whistleblower law further (as we reported last summer), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) once again has been…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, CEPA, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Invocation of "The Rule" During Trade Secret Injunction Hearings

The Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that a party accused of stealing trade secrets does not have an absolute right to be present in the courtroom for the entirety of a preliminary injunction hearing when the trade secrets at…more

Absolute Privilege, Due Process, Infringement, Misappropriation, Oil & Gas

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Office Christmas Party–strategies to avoid the legal fallout

You may be wondering why I selected to write about a movie that is not yet in the theaters. Truthfully, I do not need to see the movie to write about its relevance to HR issues. In fact, all that’s necessary is to read the…more

Drunk Driving, Employer Liability Issues, Holiday Parties, Holidays, Wine & Alcohol

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Airline Management Newsletter - February 2014

Ninth Circuit Upholds Strike Injunction Against Non-Union Employees - Executive Summary: The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a federal trial court, which granted a strike injunction against unrepresented…more

Airlines, Airports, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining, Employer Liability Issues

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Health Care Alert: Supreme Court Limits Agency Fees to Full-Fledged Public Employees

In a decision that could have a significant financial impact on many labor unions, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that personal care providers, who are considered state employees only for limited collective bargaining purposes…more

Collective Bargaining, Employee Benefits, Harris v Quinn, Healthcare, SCOTUS

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Proponents of Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Have High Hopes But Will Its Passing Affect Your Workplace Policies?

If voters approve the ballot initiative "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions" ("Amendment 2") this November, Florida will become the 24th state plus Washington D.C. to legalize medical marijuana. Amendment 2 would…more

Drug-Free Workplace Act, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Trucking Industry

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Federal Court Stops December 1st Implementation of New Overtime Rules

Employers do not have to make changes to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime regulations by the December 1, 2016 deadline. In a surprising decision, a federal District Court in Texas issued an injunction…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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New Tennessee Law Limits Scope of Employment Discrimination

Tennessee has drastically changed the legal landscape of employment discrimination litigation under state law. For claims arising after July 1, 2014, plaintiffs will no longer have the ability to seek unlimited compensatory…more

Compensatory Damages, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues

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Legal Alert: Minnesota Court Upholds Principle That Married Employees May Lawfully Sleep With The Enemy

Your friends may refuse to hang out with you because of your spouse, but in Minnesota, your employer generally cannot…more

Hiring & Firing, Marriage, Protected Class

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Don’t matter if you’re black or white

Somewhere between outrage, bewilderment, and comedy falls the news that a U.K. production company has cast very very very white actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a short film about a…more

Age Discrimination Act, Hiring & Firing, Movies, Race Discrimination

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3 Things Small Business Owners Don't Include in Their Year-End Planning, But Should

When it comes to year-end planning, what's the one thing most small business owners don't do but should? That's the question we put to attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the diversity of insights would make for…more

Buy-Sell Agreements, Employee Benefits, Legal Perspectives, Small Business, Year-End Compliance Checklist

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White House Issues State Call To Action To Ban Certain Non-Compete Agreements

On October 25, 2016, the Obama Administration issued a “State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements.” This call to action is part of President Obama’s Executive Order directing states to increase competition for workers and…more

Best Practices, Confidential Information, Contract Terms, Employment Contract, Hiring & Firing

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EEOC Increases Penalty for Violating Notice Posting Requirements by 150 Percent

The EEOC is increasing the penalty for failure to post the required workplace notices under Title VII, the ADA, and GINA by 150 percent. This increase means the maximum penalty for notice violations will increase to $525 per…more

ADA, Corporate Counsel, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Rights

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"Persuader Rule" IMPORTANT UPDATE

Previously, we alerted our clients that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its "persuader rule," which requires employers, third-party lawyers and other labor consultants to disclose to the DOL any…more

Collective Bargaining, DOL, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements, Unions

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USCIS Releases New I-9 Form

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers should now start using the new 11/14/2016 version, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. Until then, employers may use…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, Required Forms, USCIS

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Fifth Circuit Decision May Endanger Many Texas Arbitration Agreements

The Fifth Circuit has issued a decision which may affect Texas employers who utilize employment arbitration agreements. In Nelson v. Watch House Int'l, L.L.C., No. 15-10531 (5th Cir. Mar. 2, 2016), the court found an employment…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employer Liability Issues

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Employer Strategies In A Changing Slow-Growth Economy – Dealing With Organized Labor: The Boeing Blueprint

How are U.S. employers approaching the economic "recovery" from the recession and what strategies are being employed by them, particularly in relation to unionized workforces?…more

Boeing, Business Development, Economic Downturn, Unions

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Failure to Promote Employee on Maternity Leave Results in Litigation

When the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was enacted in 1978, employers were clearly put on notice that they are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of pregnancy. Unfortunately, charges of pregnancy discrimination are…more

Compensatory Damages, Demotions, Deutsche Bank, Discrimination, EEOC

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Airline Management Newsletter - February 2014

Ninth Circuit Upholds Strike Injunction Against Non-Union Employees - Executive Summary: The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a federal trial court, which granted a strike injunction against unrepresented…more

Airlines, Airports, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining, Employer Liability Issues

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The Dawn of "Micro-Unions": A Scary Proposition for Employers

Unions can be difficult enough to manage, even for experienced employers. Imagine taking your workforce of 100 employees and dividing them up into 10 different collective bargaining units… represented by 10 different unions……more

Bargaining Units, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, NLRA, NLRB

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Implementation of DOL's New Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked

A federal court in Texas has issued a decision permanently blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the final version of its "persuader rule." See National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Perez (N.D…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Arbitrary and Capricious, DOL, Filing Requirements, First Amendment

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Invocation of "The Rule" During Trade Secret Injunction Hearings

The Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that a party accused of stealing trade secrets does not have an absolute right to be present in the courtroom for the entirety of a preliminary injunction hearing when the trade secrets at…more

Absolute Privilege, Due Process, Infringement, Misappropriation, Oil & Gas

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Georgia Wage Garnishments Resume after Revised Order

Nearly one month after Federal Judge Marvin Shoob, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, ruled that Georgia's garnishment law is unconstitutional, on Monday, October 5, 2015, Judge Shoob…more

Bank Accounts, Banking Sector, Compliance, Financial Institutions, Garnishment

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Terminating the walking dead employee: What would Negan do?

Like many of you, I am still reeling from the brutal season opener of The Walking Dead. Looking at the episode through the lens of an employment lawyer, a few thoughts came to mind: first, Negan’s managerial style is a tad…more

Adverse Employment Action, Disciplinary Proceedings, Documentation, Hiring & Firing, Popular

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Restaurant Industry Alert: Wage Board Proposal - Fast Food Workers' Minimum Wage May Rise to $15 in New York City by 2018

On July 22, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) Wage Board voted to recommend a 171 percent increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City (NYC), from the current hourly rate of $8.75 to…more

Attorney Generals, Compliance, DOL, Fast-Food Industry, Minimum Wage

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court Lends Support To Strategy For Curtailing Wage And Hour Collective Actions

On April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision that makes it easier for employers to limit the scope of wage and hour "collective actions." In Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk (Apr. 16, 2013), the Court held that an…more

Class Certification, Collective Actions, FLSA, Genesis HealthCare, Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk

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NLRB Strikes Down Work Rule Prohibiting Off-Duty Employee Access To Company Property

Executive Summary: On May 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an order finding that Piedmont Gardens, a retirement community, violated § 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it…more

Accessibility Rules, Employment Policies, NLRA, NLRB, Section 7

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Mila Kunis’ open letter on gender bias at work

Many people know actor Mila Kunis for her role in the TV series “That ’70s Show” and her film roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the drama Black Swan. Kunis has recently been in the headlines for her open letter on sexism in…more

Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Entertainment Industry, Gender Discrimination, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

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New California Paid Sick Leave Law May Cause Headaches for Employers

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA), which provides nearly all employees working in California with paid sick leave. The new law…more

Employee Rights, Jerry Brown, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Airline Industry Alert: FAA Does Not Recommend Routine Psychological Testing for Pilots

On June 9, 2016, the FAA announced specific actions that it will take, in conjunction with airlines and pilots' unions, concerning pilots' mental health in response to the Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525…more

Aviation Industry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Medical Examinations, Mental Health, Mental Illness

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Tennessee Supreme Court Throws Out Applicant's Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claim Against Prospective Employer

On August 21, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that a job applicant does not have a cause of action under the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act (TWCA) against a prospective employer for failure to hire based on the…more

ADA, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals

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The UK Continues to Take Aim at the Gender Pay Gap

More than 35 years after the United Kingdom's Equal Pay Act was introduced, recently released statistics show a 19.2 percent gap in average full time salaries between men and women. Recently, Shared Parental Leave was…more

Corporate Counsel, Equal Pay, Equal Pay Act, Gender Discrimination, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

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Reminder - The Race Is On to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2016

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast approaching April 1, 2016, deadline for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for long-term work authorization in the U.S…more

Deadlines, Foreign Workers, H-1B, USCIS, Work Visas

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Supreme Court Upholds DOL's Rulemaking Procedure in Reclassifying Mortgage Loan Officers

On March 9, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal agency is not required to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking when it issues an interpretation of a regulation that is significantly different from its prior…more

Administrative Procedure Act, FLSA, Mortgage Loan Officer, Notice and Comment, Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine

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Students in Clinical Training Program Were Not Employees Under the FLSA

A federal trial court in Florida recently issued a significant decision on the issue of unpaid trainees under the FLSA, finding that 25 former students of Wolford College were not employees when they participated in a clinical…more

Classification, Employee Rights, FLSA, Full-Time Employees, Students

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Alabama's New Non-Compete Statute Places New Restrictions on Employers

Effective January 1, 2016, Alabama passed a new non-compete and non-solicitation statute, repealing § 8-1-1 of the Alabama Code (the "New Act"). The New Act attempts to codify principles the Alabama courts have previously…more

Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Solicitation Agreements

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New Jersey Employers Cannot Reduce Employees' Time To File Discrimination Claims From Two Year Statute Of Limitations, Rules Unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that employment agreements shortening the time in which an employee may file a discrimination claim against his or her employer under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) are…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Corporate Counsel, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Rights

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USCIS Releases New I-9 Form

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers should now start using the new 11/14/2016 version, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. Until then, employers may use…more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, Required Forms, USCIS

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Data privacy in the Americas - At a glance

As multinational employers are aware, data privacy laws can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ensuring compliance with the different requirements can be challenging, and the penalties for noncompliance can be…more

Background Checks, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Cybersecurity

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Legal Alert: Undocumented Workers Who Are "Off The Clock" Or "Off The Books" Are Still Subject To The FLSA

In Lucas v. Jerusalem Café, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that undocumented workers are entitled to recover for unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations under the federal Fair Labor Standards…more

Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Undocumented Immigrants

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The DOL's Proposed Amendments Increase the Salary Threshold for the FLSA's White Collar Exemptions - Dramatically Expanding the Number of Employees Eligible for Overtime

Executive Summary: Yesterday, in a 295-page report, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act's ("FLSA") "white collar" exemption tests for executive,…more

DOL, FLSA, Non-Exempt Employees, NPRM, Wage and Hour

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Does New Jersey's Conscientious "Everyone" Protection Act Trump the NLRB's Exclusive Jurisdiction? State Supreme Court says "Yes" - FordHarrison

Executive Summary: Just when employers thought New Jersey's Supreme Court could not expand the state's whistleblower law further (as we reported last summer), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) once again has been…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, CEPA, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court Sets Heightened Standard For Proving Retaliation Claims

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heightened the burden of proof for employees bringing retaliation claims under Title VII by holding that employees have to prove that the employer's desire to retaliate was the…more

But For Causation, Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination

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What California Employers Need to Know About the New CFRA Regulations Effective July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the Fair Employment and Housing Council's (FEHC) new regulations interpreting the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) went into effect. The regulations were intended to clarify the previous regulations and align…more

California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Covered Employee, FMLA, Paid Leave, Wage and Hour

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Federal Court Stops December 1st Implementation of New Overtime Rules

Employers do not have to make changes to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime regulations by the December 1, 2016 deadline. In a surprising decision, a federal District Court in Texas issued an injunction…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary

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New York City Ramps Up Efforts to Enforce the Prevailing Wage Requirement of Its 421-a Affordable Housing Tax Exemption

Owners of 421-a tax exempt buildings and developments should practice extreme caution when considering responding (or failing to respond) to the recent notices (Notices) sent by the City of New York Department of Housing…more

Affordable Housing, Prevailing Wages, Property Service Workers, Real Estate Market, Tax Exempt Entities

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Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Compliance Alert

As we start the New Year, publicly traded corporations should begin reviewing their compensation plans/arrangements to ensure that compensation that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation satisfies the…more

Compensation Committee, Executive Compensation, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), IRS, Performance Incentives

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New York City Ramps Up Efforts to Enforce the Prevailing Wage Requirement of Its 421-a Affordable Housing Tax Exemption

Owners of 421-a tax exempt buildings and developments should practice extreme caution when considering responding (or failing to respond) to the recent notices (Notices) sent by the City of New York Department of Housing…more

Affordable Housing, Prevailing Wages, Property Service Workers, Real Estate Market, Tax Exempt Entities

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Yes, Cher, you can ‘Turn Back Time’—you’ll just have to pay for it

By the way, if you haven’t heard, the Cubs won something called “the World Series.” Our long, national nightmare—arrogant Cubs fans—has now officially begun. Now, onto things that actually matter. This past weekend, we…more

ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Non-Exempt Employees, Over-Time

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Employers Should Be Aware Of The Risks Of Unexpected FMLA Liability

Executive Summary: While most companies are aware of the liability they may face if they violate the FMLA, a recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit serves as a reminder of just how important it is for employers to train…more

Employer Liability Issues, Estoppel, FMLA, Human Resources Professionals, Retaliation

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Airline Industry Alert: NLRB Rules Aircraft Cleaners Are Not Subject to the Railway Labor Act

On July 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Menzies Aviation (USA), Inc. (Menzies) fell under its jurisdiction. In resolving a recurring dispute as to whether ground operations provided to air carriers…more

Air Carriers, Airlines, Aviation Industry, Jurisdiction, National Mediation Board (NMB)

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More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility

Despite the recent explosion of lawsuits challenging the accessibility of websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will not publish proposed…more

ADA, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), Class Action, DOJ, Internet

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DOL Issues Administrator's Interpretation Expanding the Definition of Joint Employment

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has aggressively enforced and interpreted the federal wage and hour laws. Consistent with that approach, on Wednesday January 20, 2016, the Department of Labor's…more

Agricultural Workers, DOL, FLSA, Joint Employers, Seasonal Workers

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Are You Prepared to Deal with Potential Exposure to Ebola in the Workplace?

With the diagnosis of the second Ebola case in the United States on October 12, 2014 – one in which a healthcare worker contracted the lethal disease while performing her job duties – U.S. employers are examining what necessary …more

Ebola, Healthcare

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EEOC Publishes Revised EEO-1 Pay Data Rule

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a revised proposed rule to collect summary pay data from employers that file EEO-1 reports. The EEOC originally published a proposed rule to collect pay data in…more

EEO-1, EEOC, Equal Pay, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Pay Discrimination

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Ninth Circuit Approves DOL Rule that Restricts Tip Pooling

Section 203(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers of tipped employees to take a tip credit against the employer's minimum wage obligation if: (a) notice of the tip credit is provided, and (b) tipped…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Resorts & Restaurants, Tip Credit

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Labor Department Settles Overtime Pay Dispute with Its Own Employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has agreed to pay $7 million to resolve claims that it failed to pay overtime to thousands of its own employees. The settlement reached with the American Federation of Government Employees Local 12…more

Collective Actions, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Form M-1 Filings Due March 1, 2016 for MEWAs

Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) must file a Form M-1 annually and shortly after inception. The annual Form M-1 filing deadline for the 2015 calendar year is March 1, 2016…more

Employee Benefits, Filing Deadlines, Form M-1, MEWAs

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Resource Update: Innovative Strategies for Defending Against the Rising Tide of Wage and Hour Class and Collective Action Claims

Over the last decade, employers increasingly have been bombarded with wage and hour lawsuits filed by current and former employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state law equivalents. Though no talisman…more

Class Action, Collective Actions, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in…more

Adverse Employment Action, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FEHA

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Election Day 2016: New State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Although much of the public’s attention since the Presidential election has been focused on the potential changes that may take place under the Trump administration, for employers there were many other important issues on state…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Georgia Wage Garnishments Resume after Revised Order

Nearly one month after Federal Judge Marvin Shoob, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, ruled that Georgia's garnishment law is unconstitutional, on Monday, October 5, 2015, Judge Shoob…more

Bank Accounts, Banking Sector, Compliance, Financial Institutions, Garnishment

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OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Final Rules, Incentives

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Multiemployer Pension Plans Reduced Interest Rate Assumptions Dramatically Increase Withdrawal Liability

Many multiemployer pension plans are struggling financially today, and, according to the PBGC, about 10 percent of the 1,400 plans are expected to become insolvent within the next 10-15 years. These looming insolvencies were in…more

Employee Benefits, Interest Rate Adjustments, Multi-Employer Pensions, PBGC, Withdrawal Liability

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Managing Retail Employer Risk and the Janitorial Services Contractor-Subcontractor Relationship

Discount retailer Ross Stores, Inc.'s ("Ross") recent proposed settlement of a California labor law class action filed by immigrant and low wage subcontractors related to janitorial services performed in its Ross Dress for Less…more

Class Action, Contractors, Employer Liability Issues, Janitorial Services, PAGA

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[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Continuing Legal Education, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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Airline Industry Alert: FAA Does Not Recommend Routine Psychological Testing for Pilots

On June 9, 2016, the FAA announced specific actions that it will take, in conjunction with airlines and pilots' unions, concerning pilots' mental health in response to the Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525…more

Aviation Industry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Medical Examinations, Mental Health, Mental Illness

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DOL Issues Long-Awaited New Rule Governing Retirement Investment Advisors

On April 6, 2016, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a long-awaited final rule expanding the definition of "fiduciary" under ERISA as well as the duties of investment advisors who qualify as fiduciaries thereunder…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Conflicts of Interest, DOL, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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California Supreme Court Tells Both Sides to Sit Down

The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy/Henderson v. JPMorgan Chase has clarified the state's standards concerning when employers must provide suitable seating to their employees. While the…more

CA Supreme Court, CVS, Employer Liability Issues, JPMorgan Chase, PAGA

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New York Court Refuses to Enforce Agreement's Covenant Not to Compete Where Employer Breached the Agreement First

The right to enforce a covenant not to compete may be lost when the employer first violates the terms of the same agreement, says a New York appeals court. In Fewer v. GFI Grp. Inc. et al., 124 A.D.3d 457, 2015 WL 176227 (First…more

Adverse Employment Action, Breach of Contract, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Pay Equity Bill

Executive Summary: On July 23, Massachusetts lawmakers unanimously approved An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the "Bill"), which seeks to ensure that men and women are paid equally for comparable work. Variations in pay must be…more

Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay, Gender Discrimination, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, New Legislation

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[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Continuing Legal Education, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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New York Enacts Paid Family Leave Law and Increases Minimum Wage Rate

On March 31, 2016, New York State lawmakers finalized a budget deal that included: (1) a bill mandating paid family leave for most employees (the "Paid Family Leave Law") and (2) a statewide incremental increase to a $15 per…more

FMLA, Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Paid Family Leave Law, Paid Leave

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FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that claims…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Collective Actions, Conditional Certification, Corporate Counsel

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