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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Fast Food Employers In The Empire State: 10 Wage-And-Hour Issues On The Horizon

Employers across New York State will be ringing in the new year with wage increases — particularly those in the hospitality industry, who face additional increases for qualifying "fast food" workers. This update summarizes the…more

Fast-Food Industry, Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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Reminder: OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule Takes Effect Monday!

The OFCCP’s Final Rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees and applicants who ask about or discuss compensation goes into effect this Monday, January 11..…more

Employee Handbooks, Employment Discrimination, Federal Contractors, OFCCP, Pay Transparency

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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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Drive Carefully! Mandatory Random Substance Abuse Testing Of Truck Drivers To Be Cut In Half

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it is reducing by half the minimum percentage of drivers who must be randomly tested for controlled substances…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), Drug Testing, FMCSA, Trucking Industry

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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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The EEOC And Wellness Programs: The Other Shoe Drops! (But It's Not That Bad)

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The GINA proposal accompanies a proposed rule on employer wellness…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, EEOC, GINA, HIPAA

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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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Fast Food Employers In The Empire State: 10 Wage-And-Hour Issues On The Horizon

Employers across New York State will be ringing in the new year with wage increases — particularly those in the hospitality industry, who face additional increases for qualifying "fast food" workers. This update summarizes the…more

Fast-Food Industry, Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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Only In California: Standing Up For Sitting Down

California’s wage orders, which regulate working conditions for most industries and occupations, require that “[a]ll working employees shall be provided with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use…more

CA Supreme Court, CVS, Suitable Seats Lawsuits, Wage and Hour, Wage Orders

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Supreme Court Upholds Class Action in Donning-Doffing Dispute Based on “Representative” Statistical Evidence

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Tyson Foods v. Bouahapeko affirms the use, in some circumstances, of “representative” statistical evidence that produced average times for donning and doffing personal protective gear, to…more

Admissible Evidence, Class Action, Doffing, Donning, Dukes v Wal-Mart

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STEM OPT Extension Will Increase To 24 Months, But Imposes New Obligations On Employers

On March 11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a new rule reauthorizing Optional Practical Training for F-1 nonimmigrant students with qualifying degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM)…more

DHS, E-Verify, Foreign Students, Form F-1, OPT

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H-1B Visa - 2016 Filing Season

Starting April 1, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2016…more

Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Foreign Workers, H-1B, USCIS, Work Visas

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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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The EEOC And Wellness Programs: The Other Shoe Drops! (But It's Not That Bad)

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a proposed rule on employer wellness programs and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The GINA proposal accompanies a proposed rule on employer wellness…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, EEOC, GINA, HIPAA

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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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House Passes Federal Trade Secrets Law, Obama Expected to Sign

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 410-2 yesterday in favor of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which would allow companies to bring civil actions for trade secret theft under the federal Economic Espionage Act…more

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Economic Espionage Act, Pending Legislation, Trade Secrets

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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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Trojan Horse In The 2015 Budget Agreement: OSHA Can (And Undoubtedly Will) Raise Penalties By 82 Percent

Wow! How did this happen? Buried in the fine print of the recent budget agreement between Congress and the White House, and seemingly slipped in at the last minute with no one claiming responsibility for the change, the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement, OSHA, Penalties, Statutory Penalties

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The DOL’s “Persuader Rule,” and What It Means for Our Clients

We are sending you this bulletin because of an important legal development that pertains to all employers. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the final version of its “persuader rule,” which will be formally published in…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, DOL, NLRB, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements

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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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Executive Labor Summary - March / April 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - DOL’s “Persuader Rule”: Fight on! – As we have previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor on March 24 issued new regulations that adopt a new interpretation of the "persuader" reporting…more

DOL, LMRDA, NLRA, NLRB, Persuader Rules

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Better Late Than Never? DOL Sues U.S. Steel Over Injury-Reporting Policy

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed suit against United States Steel Corporation, alleging that the company's injury-reporting policy violates §11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The suit claims that the…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, Enforcement, OSHA, Popular

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Is Your Pay Equity Up To Snuff? EEOC Plans To Start Collecting Pay Data, And Using It

On the seventh anniversary of President Obama's signing into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the President announced that not enough progress has been made to ensure that women and men are paid equally. In a ceremony…more

EEOC, Equal Pay, Fair Pay Act, Federal Contractors, OFCCP

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Better Late Than Never? DOL Sues U.S. Steel Over Injury-Reporting Policy

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed suit against United States Steel Corporation, alleging that the company's injury-reporting policy violates §11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The suit claims that the…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, Enforcement, OSHA, Popular

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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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Bipartisan CA Paycheck Fairness Bill Aims to Enhance Pay Equality and End Salary Secrecy

Wait. Doesn’t California already have an equal pay law? Well, yes. In fact, California has prohibited wage discrimination on the basis of sex since 1949, long before pay discrimination was prohibited by federal law. However, as…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Authority, Equal Pay, Equal Pay Act

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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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H-1B Visa - 2016 Filing Season

Starting April 1, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2016…more

Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Foreign Workers, H-1B, USCIS, Work Visas

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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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Court Sheds Light On “Pregnancy Accommodation” Obligation After Young V. UPS

A federal appeals court panel has come out with a decision interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Young v. UPS, and the result wasn’t too good for the employer. The Sheriff’s Department of Ulster…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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Trojan Horse In The 2015 Budget Agreement: OSHA Can (And Undoubtedly Will) Raise Penalties By 82 Percent

Wow! How did this happen? Buried in the fine print of the recent budget agreement between Congress and the White House, and seemingly slipped in at the last minute with no one claiming responsibility for the change, the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement, OSHA, Penalties, Statutory Penalties

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OSHA Targets More Manufacturing Industries For Amputation Inspections

In August, OSHA issued a revised version of its 2006 Directive on the Agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations that includes an updated list of 80 industries, primarily in manufacturing, that are targeted for inspection…more

Manufacturers, OSHA, Safety Inspections, Workplace Injury, Workplace Safety

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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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Reflecting on the Final Fiduciary Rule - Protection for Retirement Investors

The highly anticipated fiduciary rule intended to provide significant protection for retirement investors was issued on April 6. Although the final rule contains concessions that appease investment professionals, most agree that…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Final Rules, Investment Adviser

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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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Better Late Than Never? DOL Sues U.S. Steel Over Injury-Reporting Policy

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed suit against United States Steel Corporation, alleging that the company's injury-reporting policy violates §11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The suit claims that the…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, Enforcement, OSHA, Popular

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The DOL’s “Persuader Rule,” and What It Means for Our Clients

We are sending you this bulletin because of an important legal development that pertains to all employers. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued the final version of its “persuader rule,” which will be formally published in…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, DOL, NLRB, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements

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Retailer - Spring 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Hiring 101 for Retail Employers - Hiring good employees is a challenge, especially in the retail industry. But by following a few tips, you can make better decisions and reduce your risk of…more

ADA, Civil Rights Act, Criminal Background Checks, EEOC, Gender Identity

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A Whole Bunch Of Nothing: Five Takes On Gov. Mccrory’s “Walkback” Of N.C. HB 2

NOTE FROM ROBIN: As you know, my main collaborator on HB2-related developments has been my law partner, Jon Yarbrough, who is in our firm’s Asheville Office. Jon has offered his thoughts about Executive Order No. 93, which Gov…more

EEOC, Employee Restrooms, Gender Identity, LGBT, OSHA

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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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