Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

NLRB is Poised to Find "Joint Employer" Relationships Just About Everywhere

As we have previously reported, on July 29, Richard Griffin, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, announced his intention to charge McDonald's USA, LLC, as a "joint employer" with its franchisees in a series of…more

Employer Liability Issues, Franchises, Joint Employers, McDonalds, NLRB

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Thanks, Ford! Hard-Fought Win Against EEOC In ADA-Telecommuting Case Is Welcome News For All Employers

Last Friday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found in favor of Ford Motor Company in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…more

ADA, Appeals, Attendance, Corporate Counsel, EEOC

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D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Act Goes Live

On February 26, the District of Columbia’s new Wage Theft law became effective after a period for review by the U.S. Congress expired without any action being taken…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Notice Requirements, Recordkeeping Requirements, Statute of Limitations

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Affirmative Action Alert: Agencies issue proposals on "Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces" Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the U.S. Department of Labor issued simultaneous proposals to implement President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order, signed last July,…more

Administrative Merits Determinations, Affirmative Action, Arbitration, Arbitration Awards, DOL

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Retailer - Fall 2014

Counting the Cost of Payroll Cards: Are they Worth it for Employers? Retailers, as well as other employers, have grown to rely on payroll cards to compensate employees who may not have bank accounts. What are the legal risks of…more

ADA, Criminal Background Checks, Cybersecurity, Disability, EEOC

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Retailer - Fall 2014

Counting the Cost of Payroll Cards: Are they Worth it for Employers? Retailers, as well as other employers, have grown to rely on payroll cards to compensate employees who may not have bank accounts. What are the legal risks of…more

ADA, Criminal Background Checks, Cybersecurity, Disability, EEOC

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Colorado Supreme Court Beats the Reefer

In a closely watched case involving legal protections for medical marijuana users, the Colorado Supreme Court decided yesterday that the state’s “lawful products” statute does not apply to activities that violate federal law…more

CO Supreme Court, Controlled Substances Act, Disabled, Drug Testing, Hiring & Firing

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Have Employees In California? Be Sure You Know The New Rules On Personnel File Requests, Effective 1/1/13

California rings in the new year with a change in law for employers dealing with requests for personnel files from employees and former employees. Under current law, employers generally must give employees (and apparently former…more

Personnel Records

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The Monsters of the Digital Age

Like the beasts of Tolkien’s imagination, digital trolls skulk around the internet shrouded in anonymity, unprovoked yet fiercely attacking the unwary. These trolls are individuals who use anonymous screen names to post…more

Corporate Counsel, Cyberbullying, Harassment, Legal Perspectives, Social Media

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Reminder: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance and Reporting Changes Effective January 1, 2013

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act was enacted in 1971 to regulate the consumer credit reporting industry. Employers that use and request consumer background checks from consumer reporting agencies are automatically subject…more

Background Checks, Credit Reports, Criminal Background Checks, FCRA, Notice Requirements

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Appeals Court Agrees with DOL: Home Health Care Workers Employed by Third Parties Have a Right to Minimum Wage, Overtime

Domestic service workers providing either companionship service or live-in care for elderly, ill or disabled persons and who are employed by a staffing agency or other third-party employer are entitled to minimum wage and…more

Appeals, DOL, Final Rules, Home Health Care, Home Healthcare Workers

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Is Your H-1B Worker Moving Elsewhere? You May Have To File An Amended H-1B Petition

The Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a significant decision last week that overruled prior USCIS practice…more

Administrative Appeal Office, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, H-1B, LCA

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The Massachusetts Wage Act: A New Incentive for Employers to Pay Up

Since July 2008, Massachusetts employers have been subject to automatic treble damages (that is, three times the amount of any award) for violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act, M.G.L. c. 149, §§ 148-150. Nearly seven years…more

Labor Law Violations, PTO, Termination, Treble Damages, Wage Act

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DOL Announces Final Rule on Federal Contractor Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule on Executive Order 13658, which established a new minimum wage of $10.10 an hour for employees working on certain federal contracts. The Final Rule is set to be…more

DOL, Employee Rights, Federal Contractors, Minimum Wage, Wages

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EEOC Proposed Rule on Wellness and the Americans with Disabilities Act – What Employers Need to Know

The employer community has been waiting for years to receive guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on wellness programs and how an employer’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act intersect…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employer Group Health Plans

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Proposed Overtime Rule Would More Than Double Salary Threshold For Exempt Employees, With Automatic Yearly Increases

On June 30, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing changes to the executive, administrative, professional, and highly-compensated employee…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Multi-Factor Test, Proposed Regulation

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It's Unanimous! EEOC Conciliation Is Subject To Judicial Review

The Supreme Court last week rejected the EEOC’s longstanding position that pre-suit conciliation efforts are shielded from judicial review of any kind. Holding that “a court may review whether the EEOC satisfied its statutory…more

Agency Deference, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review

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OSHA Agrees To Refer Untimely Whistleblowers to the NLRB

Thanks to a recent agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Labor Relations Board, safety whistleblowers won't necessarily be defeated by untimely complaints. The agencies have agreed…more

NLRA, NLRB, OSHA, Whistleblowers

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The Massachusetts Wage Act: A New Incentive for Employers to Pay Up

Since July 2008, Massachusetts employers have been subject to automatic treble damages (that is, three times the amount of any award) for violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act, M.G.L. c. 149, §§ 148-150. Nearly seven years…more

Labor Law Violations, PTO, Termination, Treble Damages, Wage Act

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Massachusetts High Court Provides Helpful Guidance to Employers Regarding Damages and Releases Under Wage Act

On December 17, 2012, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a wide-ranging opinion that clarifies the limitations on damages that employees can seek under G.L. c. 149, §§ 148 and 150 ("Wage Act") when an employee…more

Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Over-Time, Statute of Limitations, Tolling

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DOL Delays Enforcement Of Companionship Exemption Rule, But Private Lawsuits Against Employers Can Carry On

On October 9, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it would delay enforcement of the 2013 Final Rule regarding the companionship exemption to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the…more

Companionship Exemptions, DOL, Enforcement, FLSA, Minimum Wage

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NLRB Changes Joint Employment Standard, with Far-Reaching Implications for Employers

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries and, as expected, changed the standard for determining joint-employer status. If the decision stands, it will…more

Control Test, Joint Employers, NLRA, NLRB

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So You've Reported An Accident To OSHA: What Happens Next, And How Do You Respond?

OSHA’s “Interim Enforcement Procedures” Prioritize Its Responses to Reported Accidents, Calling for Inspections in Some Cases and Submission of the Employer’s Own Accident Investigation Report in Others…more

Accident Reports, Inspections, OSHA, Popular, Reporting Requirements

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Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Final Earned Sick Time Regulations

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has issued the final regulations to the Earned Sick Time Law, M.G.L. c. 149, § 148C, which will become effective on July 1, 2015…more

Earned Sick Time, Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies, Final Rules, Sick Leave

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New Sick Leave Rights For Massachusetts Employees Raise Concerns For Employers

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a new law, which will be codified at G.L. c. 149, § 148C, providing sick leave rights to all private employees in the state and most public employees. The law goes into effect…more

Earned Sick Time, Employee Rights, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Public Employees

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NLRB is Poised to Find "Joint Employer" Relationships Just About Everywhere

As we have previously reported, on July 29, Richard Griffin, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, announced his intention to charge McDonald's USA, LLC, as a "joint employer" with its franchisees in a series of…more

Employer Liability Issues, Franchises, Joint Employers, McDonalds, NLRB

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The On-Air Shootings At WDBJ-TV: When Bad Things Happen To Good Employees

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning’s tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing. I’m a second-guesser, and I have spent much of the last 48 hours racking my brain about what the CBS…more

Criminal Background Checks, Domestic Violence, Murder, Security, Workplace Safety

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OSHA Announces New Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements and Recordkeeping Exemptions

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule containing two amendments to the Agency's injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations that will go into effect…more

Bodily Injury, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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So You've Reported An Accident To OSHA: What Happens Next, And How Do You Respond?

OSHA’s “Interim Enforcement Procedures” Prioritize Its Responses to Reported Accidents, Calling for Inspections in Some Cases and Submission of the Employer’s Own Accident Investigation Report in Others…more

Accident Reports, Inspections, OSHA, Popular, Reporting Requirements

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DOL Delays Enforcement Of Companionship Exemption Rule, But Private Lawsuits Against Employers Can Carry On

On October 9, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it would delay enforcement of the 2013 Final Rule regarding the companionship exemption to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the…more

Companionship Exemptions, DOL, Enforcement, FLSA, Minimum Wage

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NLRB is Poised to Find "Joint Employer" Relationships Just About Everywhere

As we have previously reported, on July 29, Richard Griffin, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, announced his intention to charge McDonald's USA, LLC, as a "joint employer" with its franchisees in a series of…more

Employer Liability Issues, Franchises, Joint Employers, McDonalds, NLRB

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OSHA Announces New Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements and Recordkeeping Exemptions

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule containing two amendments to the Agency's injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations that will go into effect…more

Bodily Injury, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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OSHA Announces New Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements and Recordkeeping Exemptions

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule containing two amendments to the Agency's injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations that will go into effect…more

Bodily Injury, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Missouri Appellate Court Strikes Down Another Arbitration Agreement

The Missouri Court of Appeals has struck down an arbitration agreement because it included a common clause requiring the employee to arbitrate all of her claims but did not require the company to arbitrate all of its claims…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Employer Liability Issues, Exceptions

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It’s All Over But the Shouting! What Do Employers Do Now That Gay Marriage Is Effectively Legal Everywhere?

By denying cert in seven cases covering five states, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in most, if not all of the United States…more

Corporate Counsel, DOMA, ENDA, First Glance, Legal Perspectives

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Retailer - Fall 2014

Counting the Cost of Payroll Cards: Are they Worth it for Employers? Retailers, as well as other employers, have grown to rely on payroll cards to compensate employees who may not have bank accounts. What are the legal risks of…more

ADA, Criminal Background Checks, Cybersecurity, Disability, EEOC

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