Mintz Levin - Employment Matters

March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 7: The American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, after years of promising, GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first concrete legislative proposal detailing the initial provisions designed to…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

March Grabness: Lessons from the (Basketball) Court: Avoiding Personal Fouls, Violations and Time Outs in the Workplace

Harassment has long been an Achilles’ heel of the workplace. Believe it or not, like the NCAA’s tournament TV ratings, the number of harassment-related lawsuits has held rather steady since the 1990s! And like most NCAA…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Does March Madness = Workplace Madness? Some Thoughts on the Legality of NCAA Bracket Pools, the Tournament’s Effect on the Workplace, and of course, a Rendition of One Shining Moment (UPDATED)

This time of year usually marks the sports netherworld between the Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, which is better known as March Madness. This lull provides employers with an excellent…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

The Return of Mintz March Madness

It’s our favorite time of year over at Employment Matters – March Madness! Let’s quickly recap where we’ve been. In 2014 we provided a rundown on the issues employers should consider when dealing with March Madness in the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

2016 California Employment Law Year In Review

In 2016 employers in California had to adjust to compensation and benefits related changes such as a new state minimum wage, a new method of calculating compensation for “piece-rate employees,” and expanded “kin care” benefits…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year In Review

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year in Review - From case law interpreting one of, if not, the most employee-friendly independent contractor statute in the country to Beacon Hill’s efforts to pass non-competition agreement…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

2016 DC Metro Area Employment Law Year In Review

The District of Columbia, Maryland (including Montgomery County) witnessed an active 2016 with respect to new and amended workplace laws that impose additional responsibilities on employers, and expand employee rights and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New York Paid Family Leave Proposed Regulations Filed

The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is out with proposed regulations providing guidance to employers, insurance carriers and employees regarding their rights and responsibilities under New York’s new Paid Family Leave…more
| Labor & Employment Law

2016 New York Employment Law Year In Review

2016 brought big changes for New York State and City employers, including expansive new discrimination protections and substantial increases in the minimum wage and exempt salary thresholds. While New York employers who…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Fourth Circuit Offers New Test for Joint Employment under FLSA

The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a general contractor was the joint employer of employees of its subcontractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc. has broad implications for…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Update: DOL Regulation For Employers Who Use Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards Invalidated

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals invalidated and revoked the NYS Department of Labor regulations we wrote about previously (and updated here) governing payment of wages by direct deposit or…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The Future of the Affordable Care Act Week 6: Focus on the Individual Health Insurance Market

A recent report from the nation’s top actuaries takes a sobering look at the challenges policy makers face in creating a viable individual (i.e., non-group) health insurance market—a critical component of any plan to replace the…more
| Health

New York DOL Adopts Regulations Governing Employment Policies that Limit Employee Discussion of Wages

The New York State Department of Labor has adopted regulations clarifying employers’ rights and obligations when implementing policies that limit the discussion of wages in the workplace. Under New York Labor Law section 194(4),…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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