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Looking Over Your Employees' Shoulders

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer monitoring…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, GPS, Illegal Conduct

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Recent Ruling Means You May Need To Revise Your Tip-Pooling Plan

In a recent decision by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) regulation that significantly restricts the common practice of “tip pooling” among wait staff and other service employees…more

DOL, FLSA, Restaurant Industry, Tip-Pooling, Wage and Hour

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A New And More Flexible Approach To Internship Programs

Class action lawsuits filed by interns who claim they should be classified as employees have proliferated over the last few years. In these types of cases, a large number of interns have argued that they were actually entitled…more

Class Action, DOL, Internships, Multi-Factor Test, Unpaid Interns

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Massachusetts Attorney General Revises "Safe Harbor" Provision to Address Part-Time Employees and Publishes Notice Poster

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office published a revised Safe Harbor provision concerning the Earned Sick Time Law that made significant changes to the Safe Harbor provision previously issued on May 18…more

Employee Rights, Employment Policies, Notice Requirements, Part-Time Employees, PTO

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Hospitality Update, No. 3, September 2013: Put It On My Card? Not So Fast!

In the age of technology and convenience, some businesses, particularly those with multi-state operations, are turning away from issuing paychecks to employees or paying them by direct deposit. Instead, some are opting to pay…more

Debit Cards, Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Payroll Cards, Wages

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California Supreme Court Rules That Employees May Have Right To Sit During Working Hours

On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that employers must provide an employee with seating if the employee’s tasks at a discrete location make seated work feasible, even if the employee’s job duties include other…more

CA Supreme Court, CVS, Employer Liability Issues, PAGA, Suitable Seats Lawsuits

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Update For Retirement Plans Post-Windsor

Now that some of the dust has settled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, employers who haven’t done so already should take immediate steps to review their retirement plan documents and administrative…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, IRS, Retirement, Retirement Plan

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Oregon's Minimum Wage Now $2.00 Per Hour Higher Than Federal Rate

After a January 1st increase of 15 cents per hour, Oregon’s minimum wage now stands at $9.25 – exactly two dollars per hour more than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. That places Oregon near the top of the list…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation

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50 Shades Of Grey… In The Boardroom

As the weather heats up, summertime romances are probably on the minds of many of your employees. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, as many as 40% of workers have had an office relationship at some point in…more

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Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips are…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Restaurant Industry, Retailers, Tips

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Beware Of The One-Two Punch Expected In The Fair Housing Law Arena

The combination of a recent unfavorable Supreme Court decision along with dramatically increased federal funding for fair housing enforcement could spell bad news. Businesses that operate in the housing industry and those…more

Affordable Housing, Banking Sector, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act (FHA)

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Countdown To July 1st: Preparing For California's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Beginning July 1, 2015, California employers, with limited exceptions, must grant every employee 24 hours or three paid sick days each year. Even employers who are already providing paid sick leave face potential liability for…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, Employer Mandates, Paid Leave, Recordkeeping Requirements

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Criminal Sanctions in a Trade Secret Dispute

Just a few days after the Major League Baseball season opens next month, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will attend a sentencing hearing where he faces to up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine,…more

Baseball, Cardinals, CFAA, Corruption, Criminal Sanctions

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Hulk Hogan Wins Big Verdict

In what might be a cautionary tale of the privacy risks for organizations who do business in buying and selling information, last Friday, a Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan, whose true name is Terry Bollea, $115 Million in…more

Copyright Infringement, First Amendment, Gawker, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Invasion of Privacy

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Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

President Obama used Labor Day 2015 to send a strong signal about his domestic priorities, signing an Executive Order which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven or more days of…more

Barack Obama, Executive Orders, Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Can Your Employees Take A Selfie At Work?

Many employers maintain policies prohibiting employees from using cell phones and other recording devices at work. The reasons for such policies range from maintaining productivity, to protecting customer and employee privacy,…more

Employment Policies, Mobile Devices, NLRB, Popular, Protected Activity

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If You Can't Fire A Teacher For Criticizing Management, Who Can You Fire?

Most school administrators would be shocked to learn that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could, in some circumstances, find that their school engaged in an unfair labor practice for disciplining or terminating an…more

ALJ, Discipline, Hiring & Firing, NLRA, NLRB

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What's the One Thing Every Company's Telecommuting Policy Must Include?

If, under certain circumstances, employers are required to accomodate remote work, what essential elements should be included in any company's Telecommuting Plan?…more

ADA, Hiring & Firing, Legal Perspectives, Reasonable Accommodation, Telecommuting

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Religious Beliefs Of Business Owner

Yesterday, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that closely-held for-profit corporations providing group healthcare to their employees could, on religious grounds, be exempted from providing contraception…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

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"Constructive Knowledge" Off-The-Clock Claim Rejected

Another federal appellate court, this time the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) has rejected an employee's claim to have been entitled to federal Fair Labor Standards…more

Actual or Constructive Knowledge, Corporate Counsel, FLSA, Unpaid Overtime, Wage and Hour

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No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and…more

Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Email, Hackers, Human Resources Professionals

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Summer Projects To Prepare For The 2016/2017 School Year

Each year we outline those issues or trends you should consider implementing as your summer projects to ensure that your school is in compliance with the law and best practices. We list below four areas that we recommend you…more

COBRA, DOL, Employee Handbooks, Wage and Hour, White-Collar Exemptions

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Employee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters?

Every employer eventually tackles the question of whether its labor force is composed of employees, independent contractors, or a combination of both. The appeal of the independent contractor classification is understandable…more

Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Wage and Hour

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And The Beat Goes On… The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues

Many employers believe they have the absolute right to prohibit their workers from disclosing “confidential” information to coworkers and third parties. They are dead wrong. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has…more

Confidential Information, Employer Liability Issues, Internal Investigations, Logos, NLRA

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What North Carolina Employers Need To Know About New "Bathroom Law"

On April 12, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an Executive Order to clarify and somewhat lessen the impact of what has widely been referred to as the state’s new “bathroom law.” The new law, passed a few weeks…more

ACLU, Executive Orders, Governor Pat McCrory, LGBT, Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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One-Time Anomaly Or Potential Turning Of The Tides? A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2014-2015 Term

In a marked departure from the overwhelming success employers experienced before the Supreme Court in recent years, the less successful recently wrapped 2014-2015 term could be an indication that the judicial tides may be…more

401k, Affordable Care Act, Collective Bargaining, Conciliation, Corporate Counsel

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Colorado Employers Handed Medical Marijuana Victory

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that employers are still free to prohibit employee marijuana use in their workforces, and can still discipline and terminate employees who test positive…more

CO Supreme Court, Coats v Dish Network, Discipline, Drug Testing, Employment Policies

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Indications that USDOL Will Finalize Exemption Changes in Spring 2016

The U.S. Labor Department is looking to a spring 2016 date for publishing the "Final Rule" revising the regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) exemptions according to a recent report. It…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour, White-Collar Exemptions

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Traditional Contract Rules Determine Whether Retirees Are Entitled to Lifetime Healthcare Benefits

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts must apply ordinary rules of contract interpretation when determining whether retiree healthcare benefits vest for life pursuant to the terms of a…more

CBAs, Collective Bargaining, Contract Interpretation, Corporate Counsel, Employer Contributions

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Florida Minimum Wage Rising To $8.05

On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for employees working in Florida rises to $8.05 per hour. This represents an hourly increase of $0.12 over the current Florida minimum wage. The increase is tied to the rate of inflation over…more

Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Wage and Hour

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Basics of Employment Law in Austria: Part III

This article is the third in a series which provides an overview of the basics of employment law in Austria and will focus on the legal requirements applicable to employee termination procedures. I. Termination of Employment…more

Austria, Employment Contract, International Labor Laws, Notice Requirements, Termination

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Ninth Circuit Holds Service Advisors Non-Exempt Under FLSA Dealership "Salesman" Exemption; Section 7(i) Exemption Is Still Available

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) has ruled in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC that Service…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Trucking Industry

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Bullying Can Cost Your School – And Your Students, And Their Parents

School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and emotional…more

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Faculty, Legislative Agendas, Pending Legislation

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NLRB "Quickie Election" Rule Providing A Big Boost To Unions

At the start of 2015, employers across the country were bracing for the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” rule. We warned that the new procedures would have a significant impact on union-organizing tactics…more

Ambush Election Rules, Data Collection, Employer Liability Issues, NLRB, Union Elections

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Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and retail…more

Best Management Practices, Collective Bargaining, FLSA, Severe Weather, Wage and Hour

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Equal Pay for Equal Work – Recent Proposals at the EEOC and in Pennsylvania

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (the “Act”) was signed into law on January 29, 2009. In short, the Act states that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each…more

EEO-1, Equal Pay, Lilly Ledbetter, Reporting Requirements, Statute of Limitations

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Multiemployer Pension Reform

Too Little, Too Late? - Employers and unions locked into failing multiemployer pension plans received an 11th-hour reprieve in late December when Congress passed legislation revising laws that had hobbled these plans for…more

Employee Benefits, Multiemployer Plan, PBGC, Pension Reform, Pensions

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OSHA Announces Final Rule On Recording Requirements

On September 11, 2014, OSHA released its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, makes two important changes that tighten OSHA’s…more

Bodily Injury, Compliance, Employer Liability Issues, OSHA, Recording Requirements

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes At The EEOC

Agency Revises Discrimination Charge Practices - Starting January 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implemented significant changes to its case-handling process. As a result, all employers who…more

Confidential Information, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Position Statements

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Tattoos, Haircuts, And Head Coverings – We're Not In Kansas Anymore

As our society has evolved and changed, standards for acceptable dress and appearance have also been transformed. For example, tattoos, once seen mostly on bikers and those who had served in the military, are now mainstream. An…more

Appearance Policy, Car Dealerships, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Religious Accommodation

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A Typo In Your Paystubs Could Cost You Millions

Imagine being sued by every single one of the employees who worked for you over the past four years because your paystubs have an extra comma in your company’s name. Or because the zip code is missing from your company’s…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Labor Code

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Tips To Prepare Your Company For An I-9 Audit

The Immigration Customs and Enforcement division (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security, continues to issue Form I-9 Notices of Inspection to businesses across the nation. In fiscal year 2012, ICE served over 3,000 Notices…more

Audits, DHS, Employer Mandates, I-9, ICE

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Labor Letter, August 2013: NLRB Taking Close Look At Photography Policies

In February of 2009, a Wisconsin medical center fired several nurses after they electronically posted patient x-rays to their Facebook page, revealing the presence of a potentially embarrassing foreign object. As a result, the…more

Facebook, FBI, HIPAA, NLRB, Photographs

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Electronic Devices At School: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The reality of life for most employees is that most of them cannot make it through an hour, much less a full school or business day, without checking their smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, and other electronic devices…more

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Can Your Company's Website Lead To A Lawsuit?

If your business is a place of public accommodation, you are probably already familiar with the rules from Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that require you to make services and physical locations…more

ADA, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, Priceline, Public Accommodation

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Legalized Discrimination Or Safety From Government Interference? What Mississippi Employers Need To Know About New Religious Freedom Law

On April 5, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act.” While proponents of the new law state that it simply protects…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Governor Bryant, New Legislation, Religious Freedom

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Prevent Your Company’s Data from Being the Next Ransomware Hostage!

A few weeks ago Los Angeles-based hospital Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center fell victim to cyber criminals who infiltrated and disabled the hospital’s computer network through the use of ransomware. The malware reportedly…more

Bitcoin, Cyber Attacks, Hospitals, Malware, Ransomware

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Labor Letter - April 2013: Curbing Abuse Of "Intermittent" FMLA Leave

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take 12 weeks of leave for their own or a family member’s serious health condition and up to 26 weeks for military caregiver leave. The leave can be taken in one block,…more

FMLA, FMLA Abuse, FMLA Certification Forms, Medical Leave

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New Year's Resolution? Review Your Sales Pay Plan

Many dealerships give little thought to their sales pay plans. After all, they’re simple and straightforward, right? X% of the front gross and Y% of the back end gross, plus whatever bonuses you choose to give. About as simple…more

Car Dealerships, Employer Liability Issues, Minimum Wage, Sales Commissions

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Naughty Neonatal Nurse Nixed After Nineteen Years; Hospital Wins Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A veteran neonatal nurse practitioner who was fired after one too many acts of misconduct could not prove age discrimination, a federal appeals court recently confirmed. The case presents healthcare employers with a good…more

Age Discrimination, Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, Disciplinary Proceedings, Dismissals

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Massachusetts Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations

On June 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General published the final regulations concerning the new Earned Sick Time (“EST”) law that will go into effect on July 1, 2015. These final regulations differ somewhat from the…more

Earned Sick Time, Employee Rights, Employer Mandates, Final Rules, FMLA

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The NLRB takes another cut at non-disclosure agreements.

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board has increased its scrutiny of various employer practices, including those of non-unionized employers. Among the areas of scrutiny have been non-disclosure of confidential…more

ALJ, Confidentiality Agreements, Employment Contract, Hiring & Firing, NLRA

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Housing Discrimination Claims Given Boost By Supreme Court

Today, by a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) encompasses claims of disparate-impact discrimination. This decision, which marks the first time that the Supreme Court addressed this…more

ADEA, Affordable Housing, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act (FHA)

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Summer Hires

This summer it’s expected that temporary workers will fill roughly 10,000 summer jobs, many of which will be in the hospitality industry. Before filling any of your seasonal positions, it’s worth reviewing a few cautionary…more

E-Verify, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, I-9

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Potential Implications of Brexit

Britain and the EU have traditionally had a distant relationship, with Britain often choosing to keep an arm’s length from its continental partners. This inclination may soon become a political reality when the UK votes on…more

EU, Holiday Pay, International Labor Laws, UK, UK Brexit

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ADA 'Drive-by' Lawsuits are Targeting Restaurants

An increasing number of plaintiffs’ attorneys are targeting restaurants, bars, and retail establishments in urban areas for “drive-by” lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite its…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Restaurant Industry, Retailers, Risk Management

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ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor 401(k) Investment Choices

The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously that a plan fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, a duty that is separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Corporate Counsel, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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How Have Dealerships Fared In Fight Against Union "Quickie" Elections?

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “quickie” election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, substantially expediting the union election process. Among other things, the new rules cut the time period between…more

Ambush Election Rules, Best Management Practices, Car Dealerships, NLRB, Unions

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California Wage/Hour Update No. 3, July 2013: Appellate Court Attacks Piece-Rate Compensation – Again

The piece-rate compensation system, common among automotive technicians, agricultural workers, manufacturing employees, truck drivers, and others, has been a viable and rewarding form of compensation in California for over a…more

Compensation & Benefits, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Piece-Rate Pay, Rest and Meal Break

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Governor Wolf Signs Executive Orders Protecting LGBT State Employees and Contractors from Discrimination

Pennsylvania government employees and contractors are now protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity…more

Executive Orders, Gender Discrimination, Government Contractors, Governor Wolf, Public Employees

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Goodbye Carrot, So Long Stick…Hello Club!

Most would agree that workplace safety is of the utmost importance. Accordingly, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“OSH Act”) was enacted for the purpose of ensuring that employers provide their employees safe…more

Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, DOL, Memorandum of Understanding, OSHA

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Meeting OSHA's Reporting Requirements – Posting Starts February 1

Like death and taxes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can always be counted on to ratchet up enforcement efforts against employers each year. 2016 appears to be no different. The year begins with the…more

Certifications, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Reporting Requirements, Strategic Enforcement Plan

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Colorado's Minimum Wage Increased January 1

The Colorado minimum wage increased by 23 cents to $8.23 per hour on January 1, 2015. Tipped employees are entitled to receive at least $5.21 per hour. These increases to Colorado’s minimum wage rates reflect the annual…more

COLA, Employer Mandates, Minimum Wage

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Massachusetts Attorney General Revises "Safe Harbor" Provision to Address Part-Time Employees and Publishes Notice Poster

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office published a revised Safe Harbor provision concerning the Earned Sick Time Law that made significant changes to the Safe Harbor provision previously issued on May 18…more

Employee Rights, Employment Policies, Notice Requirements, Part-Time Employees, PTO

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Are Referral Sources Protectable Under Florida Law?

The question of whether referral sources constitute legitimate, protectable business interests under Florida's Covenants Against Unfair Competition statute, Fla. Stat. § 542.335 (2014), is likely heading to the Florida Supreme…more

Florida, Home Health Care, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants, Unfair Competition

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Contracts May Not Be All They're Cracked Up To Be: The Extension Of Legal Protections In Employee Contractual Settings

For many years, employers have generally embraced a policy of utilizing at-will employment as often as possible, where employers and employees can end their relationship with each other at any time and for any (legal) reason…more

At-Will Employment, Breach of Contract, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract, Health Care Providers

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Was This Doctor A "Good Fit"?

A Wisconsin hospital scored an important victory in a recent failure-to-hire case involving an allegation of race discrimination. The underlying facts offer a timely reminder to all healthcare employers about what is necessary…more

Best Practices, Defense Strategies, Health Care Providers, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals

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Electronic Devices At School: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The reality of life for most employees is that most of them cannot make it through an hour, much less a full school or business day, without checking their smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, and other electronic devices…more

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Perceived Political Expression Protected By First Amendment, Supreme Court Says

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court today held that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects both actual and perceived political speech and expression by public employees. The unsurprising decision squares with…more

Adverse Employment Action, First Amendment, Heffernan v City of Paterson, Political Campaigns, Public Employees

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An Offer They Can Refuse: SCOTUS Takes Some Power Away From Offers For Complete Relief

Today, the Supreme Court limited employers’ ability to proactively and inexpensively end class action litigation before it takes off. In a 6 to 3 decision, the Court held that a defendant making a complete offer of relief to a…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Rule 68, SCOTUS, Settlement Offer

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Limiting Off-Duty Access To The Hotel

Many hospitality employers are surprised to learn that employees have a right under federal labor law to access the exterior, nonworking areas of the hotel property in their off-duty hours for union or other protected concerted…more

Employee Handbooks, Employer Liability Issues, Hospitality Industry, Hotels, Protected Concerted Activity

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San Francisco Will Require Employers To Provide Paid Parental Leave: FAQs For Employers

The City of San Francisco just became the first city in the country to pass legislation requiring many employers to provide workers with paid parental leave, entitled the “Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.” Starting in 2017, many…more

Paid Family Leave Insurance Program, Parental Leave

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When It Comes To The ACA, Change Is The Only Constant: Five Recent ACA Changes You Need to Know About

While many of us were busy celebrating the holidays, Congress and the IRS were hard at work creating and promulgating revisions to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Here’s what you need to know about the most recent changes…more

Affordable Care Act, Cadillac Tax, Corporate Counsel, Electronic Filing, IRS

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New York City’s “Ban the Box” Law May Also Cover Investigations

Late last week, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued its Fair Chance Act guidance document. The guidance provides additional direction to employers in New York City regarding their obligations under the City’s…more

EEOC, Fair Chance Act, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, New Guidance

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Bill Introduced To Stop FLSA Exemption Changes

Congressional Republicans have responded to the U.S. Labor Department's impending revisions of its much-discussed Fair Labor Standards Act Section 13(a)(1) exemption definitions by introducing legislation to nullify the…more

DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time

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“STOP. THINK. CONNECT.”: Using Your Personnel To Enhance Your Cybersecurity.

In February 2016, President Barack Obama directed his Administration to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that “takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), Popular, Private Sector, Risk Management

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New Jersey Minimum Wage Increases To $8.38 Per Hour

Beginning January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in New Jersey is $8.38 per hour, up from $8.25 per hour. This pay hike is the result of the November 2013 voter-approved state constitutional amendment that requires that New Jersey’s…more

Employer Mandates, Minimum Wage

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Trade Secret Legislation Reintroduced in Congress (3rd Time)

Maybe the third time is the charm. After trying twice before, Congress is making another run at creating a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. A bipartisan group of legislators from both congressional chambers,…more

3M Company, Attorney's Fees, Boeing, Boston Scientific, Chamber of Commerce

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The EEOC Goes Electronic: FAQs On EEOC's New Electronic Pilot Program

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently rolled out a pilot program to electronically notify employers of new Charges filed against them. Instead of mailing the Notice of Charge of Discrimination form through…more

ACT Digital, Discrimination, EEOC, Electronic Communications, Employer Liability Issues

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Statutory Requirements for Invention Assignment Provisions

You may have spent time drafting (or having your lawyers draft) enforceable restrictive covenants to protect your company's confidential and proprietary information, goodwill, and customer relationships, but have you ensured…more

Assignment of Inventions, Confidential Information, Pre-Employment Agreements, Proprietary Information, Restrictive Covenants

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SCOTUS Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide

As has become its custom, the Supreme Court left one of its most high-profile decisions for the end of its term, holding by a 5-4 vote that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages. As a result, state…more

Employee Benefits, FMLA, Fourth Amendment, Marriage, Marriage Equality

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Don't Fall Into The Gap: Wage/Hour Lawsuit Highlights Risks For Employers

In August, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit affirmed dismissal of five purported class or collective actions brought against a number of healthcare systems and their affiliates. Although favorable for the…more

Compliance, Employer Liability Issues, Wage and Hour, Wages

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States & Municipalities – The Engines That Are Driving Legislative Activity

While many are mesmerized by the presidential primaries and remain frustrated by gridlock in Congress, states and municipalities are aggressively tackling social and economic issues that impact employers. The states of…more

Gender Discrimination, Legislative Agendas, Minimum Wage, Municipalities, Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Criminal Activity At Work Can Land Retailers In Hot Water

Recent workplace violence incidents have driven some employers to take steps to minimize the risk of criminal behavior at their locations. Whether it is beefing up physical security measures on premises, installing surveillance…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Retailers, Risk Management, Workplace Violence

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Federal Court Dismissal of EEOC Suit Leaves Employers Hanging

In a closely watched ruling, an Illinois federal district court handed a victory to one particular employer, but ducked a broader ruling that would have provided general guidance to companies generally that are trying to avoid…more

Corporate Counsel, Covenant Not to Sue, CVS, Dismissals, EEOC

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Government Finalizes Troublesome New Persuader Rule; Legal Challenges Pending

The federal government has finalized a significant new regulation that seeks to interfere with businesses seeking legal counsel to help in opposing or dealing with unions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) new “persuader”…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, LMRDA, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements

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Impact of EEOC v. Abercrombie, and Employment Practices Going Forward

A first glance at the U.S. Supreme Court's recent EEOC v Abercrombie decision by Fisher & Phillips attorney, Andrew Hoag…more

EEOC, EEOC v Abercrombie, First Glance, Religious Accommodation, Religious Discrimination

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Labor Letter, June 2013: Becoming A Resume Lie Detector

Society of Human Resource Management studies show that 53% of job applicants lie on their resumes. Other research has placed the number at between 30% and 50%, with one 2011 study saying that 80% of resumes are – at a minimum –…more

Applications, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, Misleading Impressions, Misleading Statements

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Hospitality Update, No. 4, December 2012: Let Me Take A Look At That Tattoo

There is no question that tattoos, body piercings, and other forms of self-expression have become commonplace in modern society, especially among the Gen X and Gen Y demographic. As a result, employers have to deal with these…more

Appearance Policy, Resorts & Restaurants, Title VII

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Does The NLRB Have Jurisdiction Over Your University?

Although a religious college recently scored a victory in its battle against unionization, the legal decision and the proceedings that led to that decision could be somewhat troublesome for your educational institution. All…more

AFL-CIO, Colleges, Faculty, NLRB, Religious Discrimination

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What To Expect When You're Not Expecting: How To Handle Unplanned Visits From Federal Agencies

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management of…more

DHS, DOL, Government Investigations, ICE, Strategic Planning

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Many Tennessee Employers Will Soon Be Required To Use E-Verify

Tennessee’s state immigration law just received an important update by the state legislature and Governor, and many employers in the state will soon be impacted. Beginning January 1, 2017, all Tennessee businesses with 50 or…more

DHS, E-Verify, I-9

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Oregon's New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Overview

On June 22, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, following California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The bill, signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, requires Oregon…more

Employee Rights, Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Paid Sick Leave Act

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Impact of the 'Students First' Decision on Non-Teacher Employees of School Districts

Judge Rolf Treu’s decision in the Students First case is effectively an indictment of the termination process of all California public school employees, not just teachers…more

Equal Protection, Public Schools, School Districts, SCOTUS, Seniority

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Swipe Right For Unions? Companies Should Brace Themselves For Labor Organizing Version 2.0

Unless you’ve been hibernating, hiding under a rock, or vacationing in a location without Wi-Fi reception, you may have noticed that the last several months have been kinder to labor unions than any in recent memory. Changes in…more

Collective Bargaining, Email, Employment Policies, Mobile Apps, NLRB

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Service Animals In School

Joey is a 5th grade student who is hearing impaired. Joey’s parents request that he be allowed to attend school with his service dog, Snickers. You learn that Joey’s teacher is severely allergic to animal dander. You are also…more

Assistive Animals, Public Schools, Service Animals

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Can Your Employees Take A Selfie At Work?

Many employers maintain policies prohibiting employees from using cell phones and other recording devices at work. The reasons for such policies range from maintaining productivity, to protecting customer and employee privacy,…more

Employment Policies, Mobile Devices, NLRB, Popular, Protected Activity

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FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Group - A Warning From the Third Circuit

On August 24, in  FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. et al, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the FTC could enforce its own reasonable interpretation of what cybersecurity standards are necessary to avoid prosecution…more

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Enforcement Actions, FTC, FTC v Wyndham

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Who Owns Your Company's Social Media Account – You, Or One Of Your Employees?

Employers have been asking an important question with more frequency in recent times: who owns the company’s social media account – the employer or the employee running the account? Business social media accounts often contain a…more

Corporate Counsel, Employment Contract, LinkedIn, Popular, Social Media Account Ownership

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Is An Unlimited Vacation Policy Right For Your Workplace?

According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, about 3% of companies in the U.S. maintain some form of unlimited vacation policy. The reasons for adopting such a policy are easy to see: they offer work­life…more

Best Management Practices, Employment Policies, Human Resources Professionals, Vacation Leave

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Ohio's Minimum Wage Boosted 15 Cents On January 1

Minimum wage workers in Ohio will see their hourly pay increase by 15 cents in 2015. Effective January 1st, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees is…more

COLA, Minimum Wage

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Kentucky OSHA to consider lowering fall protection trigger height

The Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will consider amending the state's rule, 803 KAR 2:412, at its annual meeting on May 10 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, according to the session's agenda. …more

OSHA, Proposed Amendments, Workplace Hazards

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Fifth Circuit Delivers Crippling Blow to Controversial NLRB Class Action Waiver Theory

Arbitration is generally supposed to be faster, cheaper, and more predictable than litigation. Homebuilder D.R. Horton, like many other employers, certainly believed this when, in 2006, it began requiring employees to sign…more

Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Contract Drafting, D.R. Horton v NLRB

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Independent Contractor Misclassification: The Hidden Trap of Outsourcing

It’s a beguiling option. Companies that classify workers as independent contractors receive a number of benefits, including elimination of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, and unemployment insurance withholdings…more

Class Action, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Subcontractors, Wage and Hour

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Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2013: Facebook: The New Water Cooler – Not The New Vegas

As of June 2013, Facebook, the reigning social-media giant, had 1.15 billion monthly active users who spent an average of 8.3 hours a month on Facebook. During roughly the same period of time, Facebook users "liked" a Facebook…more

Discipline, Facebook, Healthcare, Human Resources Professionals, Managers

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Will Your Workers Go On Strike On November 10? What You Need To Know

Employee walkouts and protests are likely to occur on a massive scale across the country on Tuesday, November 10, spurred on by the union-supported “Fight for $15” movement. Low-wage workers seeking higher pay and possible union…more

Best Management Practices, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Employer Liability Issues, Fast-Food Industry

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Limiting Employee Hours To Avoid ACA Could Violate ERISA, Court Rules

In a first-of-its-kind decision, a federal court recently upheld the right of employees to sue their employer for allegedly cutting employee hours to less than 30 hours per week to avoid offering health insurance under the…more

Affordable Care Act, Dave & Buster's, ERISA, Health Insurance, Part-Time Employees

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Practical Explanation of EEOC Developments and Cases

Employers have become accustom to the periodic unfounded EEOC charges and may not treat them as seriously as a retaliation claim or litigation. However, the EEOC continues to change its procedures in ways which makes it more…more

Charging Party, EEOC, OSHA, Position Statements, Time Extensions

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Top 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers

There is much to be learned from 2013. Below are five legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014…more

Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Free Speech

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California Policies Against Harassment Face New Regulations

California employers will need to comply with a new set of regulations from California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council that go into effect April 1, 2016. Among other things, these regulations require employers with five or…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Corporate Counsel, Employment Policies, FEHA

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What North Carolina Employers Need To Know About New "Bathroom Law"

On April 12, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an Executive Order to clarify and somewhat lessen the impact of what has widely been referred to as the state’s new “bathroom law.” The new law, passed a few weeks…more

ACLU, Executive Orders, Governor Pat McCrory, LGBT, Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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Preventing A Messy "Failed Exemption" Lawsuit

(Labor Letter, February 2014) - In recent years employers have become all too familiar with lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the Administrative Office of the United…more

Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Hiring & Firing, Job Offers, Non-Exempt Employees

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Will Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?

Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer. What should you do about it?…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, E-Cigarettes, Employment Policies, FDA

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April 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always rapidly evolving. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest developments, here is a quick review of the five biggest stories from last month that all employers need…more

EEO-1, EEOC, First Amendment, Heffernan v City of Paterson, Independent Contractors

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Labor Letter, October 2013: Variety Is The Spice Of The Court: A Preview of the 2013-14 Supreme Court Term

The upcoming Supreme Court term promises a series of significant decisions for employers. No less than seven cases (and potentially two more pending petitions) will have at least some impact on all employers this year. The…more

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HIPAA' s Criminal Charges Pack a Heavy Punch

Almost all healthcare providers and health plan administrators are familiar with the detailed requirements of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Violations can…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Criminal Prosecution, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, HIPAA

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Construction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules

Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was…more

Affirmative Action, Construction Workers, Contractors, Disability, Hiring & Firing

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ADA 'Drive-by' Lawsuits are Targeting Restaurants

An increasing number of plaintiffs’ attorneys are targeting restaurants, bars, and retail establishments in urban areas for “drive-by” lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite its…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Restaurant Industry, Retailers, Risk Management

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Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Increase This July - And Each Year Thereafter For The Next Six Years

State Will Employ Three Different Regional Minimum Wages - In a first-of-its-kind development, the Oregon legislature passed and the Governor will sign into law a minimum wage hike law that will go into effect July 1,…more

Ballot Measures, Corporate Counsel, Minimum Wage, Pending Legislation

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Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and retail…more

Best Management Practices, Collective Bargaining, FLSA, Severe Weather, Wage and Hour

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NLRB "Quickie Election" Rule Providing A Big Boost To Unions

At the start of 2015, employers across the country were bracing for the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” rule. We warned that the new procedures would have a significant impact on union-organizing tactics…more

Ambush Election Rules, Data Collection, Employer Liability Issues, NLRB, Union Elections

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Enforcing Your Policies Outside The Workplace

All employers adopt and enforce policies regulating conduct at the workplace. Many employers expect that employees will follow their employment polices at all times regardless of whether the employee is working or at work…more

Employee Rights, FMLA, NLRA, NLRB, OSHA

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A Typo In Your Paystubs Could Cost You Millions

Imagine being sued by every single one of the employees who worked for you over the past four years because your paystubs have an extra comma in your company’s name. Or because the zip code is missing from your company’s…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Labor Code

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Public Sector Unions Get Reprieve By Deadlocked Supreme Court

In a deadlocked 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court could not reach a majority consensus in determining whether it is unconstitutional for states to force public sector employees to pay agency shop fees to their unions. For…more

Friedrichs v CA Teachers Association, Justice Scalia, Public Employees, SCOTUS, Union Dues

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Can I Get A Witness (Or At Least A Witness Statement)? NLRB Rules Witness Statements Are Now Fair Game

For over 35 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that witness statements obtained by unionized employers during pre-arbitration investigations were exempt from disclosure to the union. However, on June 26, 2015,…more

Anheuser-Busch, Arbitration, Canning v NLRB, Collective Bargaining, Disclosure

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East Meets West: Spokane Joins Western Washington Cities By Adopting Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, Spokane will join Seattle, Sea-Tac, and Tacoma as cities in Washington requiring employers to provide mandatory employee paid sick and safe leave. On Monday, January 11, 2016, Spokane’s City Council…more

Local Ordinance, Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Converting 17-Month STEM OPT to 24-Month STEM OPT Under New Regulations Commencing May 10, 2016

Starting May 10, 2016, a new regulation published last month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) takes effect which increases the work authorization extension period from 17 to 24 months for F-1 students holding…more

DHS, Foreign Students, Form F-1, OPT, STEM

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Ninth Circuit "Tips" Against Tip-Pooling Policies

In a surprising decision that may require many restaurants and other hospitality businesses in the Western U.S. to alter their labor practices, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) rule…more

DOL, FLSA, Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Restaurant Industry

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Ohio's Minimum Wage Boosted 15 Cents On January 1

Minimum wage workers in Ohio will see their hourly pay increase by 15 cents in 2015. Effective January 1st, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees is…more

COLA, Minimum Wage

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Supreme Court: Voters' Initiative To End Affirmative Action Is Constitutional

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s Proposal 2, which amended the Michigan Constitution to prohibit racial preferences in admissions to public schools and government programs…more

ACLU, Admissions, Affirmative Action, Diversity, NAACP

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Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and information…more

DHS, E-12, E-13, Federal Pilot Programs, Filing Requirements

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New California Law Expands Retaliation Coverage

Employees Requesting Accommodation Are Now Protected - On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law AB 987, amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to reflect what many already believed to be…more

Adverse Employment Action, Employer Liability Issues, FEHA, Human Resources Professionals, New Legislation

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Creating A Safety-Conscious Culture Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Traffic accidents are the number one killer of employees in the United States. There is a vehicle crash every 2.5 seconds, a vehicle-related injury every 19 seconds, and a vehicle-related fatality every 11 minutes. According to…more

Best Management Practices, Car Accident, Employer Liability Issues

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Whistleblower Protection Extends To Federal Workers Who Violate Agency Regulations

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court held that an agent of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who disclosed information that was prohibited by TSA regulations, was nonetheless protected under the Whistleblower…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), DHS v Maclean, Disclosure, SCOTUS, TSA

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Transcending Gender In Schools: Is Gender Neutral The New Normal?

In Missouri, a 17-year-old student who was born male, but has identified as female since he was 13, chose to use the girls’ locker room during gym class. That decision sparked outrage in the school community and led to…more

Best Practices, Bullying, Discrimination, Educational Institutions, Gender Identity

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What The $100M Uber Settlement Means To All Employers

The ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary $100 million agreement to settle claims alleging that it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. Because the settlement involves the foremost…more

Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Independent Contractors, Lyft, Misclassification

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We've Got Our Eyes On You: Monitoring Devices In Vehicles

While employers with a fixed worksite can observe and interact directly with their employees to promote safety and reduce risk, employers with workers who operate motor vehicles as part of their job have fewer options…more

Car Accident, Drivers, Electronic Monitoring, Employee Privacy Rights, Employer Liability Issues

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Government Finalizes Troublesome New Persuader Rule; Legal Challenges Pending

The federal government has finalized a significant new regulation that seeks to interfere with businesses seeking legal counsel to help in opposing or dealing with unions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) new “persuader”…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, LMRDA, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements

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Construction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules

Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was…more

Affirmative Action, Construction Workers, Contractors, Disability, Hiring & Firing

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Labor Letter, August 2013: Five Documents Sure To Appear In Your Lawsuit

Although simple and oftentimes overused, sports metaphors can provide insight into complicated topics. When it comes to employment litigation, cases often boil down to “blocking and tackling.” In other words, the fundamental…more

Adverse Employment Action, Disciplinary Proceedings, Employee Handbooks, Litigation Strategies, Performance Reviews

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Criminal Activity At Work Can Land Retailers In Hot Water

Recent workplace violence incidents have driven some employers to take steps to minimize the risk of criminal behavior at their locations. Whether it is beefing up physical security measures on premises, installing surveillance…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Retailers, Risk Management, Workplace Violence

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Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

President Obama used Labor Day 2015 to send a strong signal about his domestic priorities, signing an Executive Order which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven or more days of…more

Barack Obama, Executive Orders, Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Illinois Employers Must Offer Retirement Savings Program

Illinois has become the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring businesses to offer their employees a retirement savings plan. Signed into law recently by Gov. Pat Quinn, the new law, entitled “Illinois Secure Choice…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Retirement Plan

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The Zika Virus: FAQs For Hospitality Employers

The World Health Organization recently declared Zika a global public health emergency, only the fourth time the agency has declared the spread of a disease to be a health emergency of international concern. The following…more

Best Management Practices, OSHA, Traveling Employee, World Health Organization, Zika

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EEOC Seeks To Expand Reach Of Sexual Orientation Claims

A new wave of litigation may result in sexual orientation discrimination being prohibited at most workplaces across the country. The last month has seen a historic series of lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Title VII

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Fisher & Phillips Offers Comments On EEOC's Proposed Retaliation Guidance

Fisher & Phillips recently submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the agency’s proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation. The comments reflect an effort by the firm to ensure that a…more

EEOC, Enforcement Guidance, Public Comment, Retaliation

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New Jersey Minimum Wage Will Hold Steady In 2016

New Jersey’s minimum wage will remain at $8.38 per hour for 2016, the state government recently announced.   As we reported on January 2, 2015, New Jersey’s constitution requires that the state minimum wage increase…more

Consumer Price Index, Minimum Wage, Non-Exempt Employees, Wage and Hour

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Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?

Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These…more

Distracted Driving

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Bad News, Good News: Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Contractor Immunity Standards

The Supreme Court both limited and expanded the legal standards that relate to federal contractor immunity from lawsuits in a decision released last week. According to the January 20, 2016 decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Class Representatives, Mootness, Rule 68

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Ninth Circuit Holds Service Advisors Non-Exempt Under FLSA Dealership "Salesman" Exemption; Section 7(i) Exemption Is Still Available

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) has ruled in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC that Service…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Trucking Industry

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Racial Tensions On Campus: Six Practical Solutions For Educational Institutions

Almost five years ago, the Department of Education issued its “Dear Colleague” letter on Title IX and sexual violence. The letter was a not-so-subtle reminder that Title IX requires federally funded educational institutions to…more

Department of Education, Educational Institutions, Protests, Race Discrimination, Title IX

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The NLRB's Attack On Dealership Arbitration Agreements

Many of our dealership clients utilize binding arbitration agreements to resolve employee disputes. Arbitration agreements provide a number of unique benefits to those dealerships that wish to avoid the costs and negative…more

Automotive Industry, Binding Arbitration, Car Dealerships, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employment Contract

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California Approves Nation's First Statewide $15.00 Minimum Wage

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a sweeping plan that will eventually increase the statewide minimum wage from $10.00 to $15.00 per hour. While the state of New York announced a deal last week that will also…more

Corporate Counsel, Jerry Brown, Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Small Business

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Courts Continue To Expand ERISA Church Plan Exemption

Most employers know that there is a federal law – the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA – that governs employer-sponsored employee benefit plans. There are a few notable exceptions that could apply to healthcare…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Churches, ERISA, Exemptions, Hospitals

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Employee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters?

Every employer eventually tackles the question of whether its labor force is composed of employees, independent contractors, or a combination of both. The appeal of the independent contractor classification is understandable…more

Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Wage and Hour

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Protecting Trade Secrets From Theft By Ex-Employees

In late 2015, Atlantic Marine Construction Company, a Virginia Beach construction company, filed a lawsuit against a former Vice President of Construction and his new employer, alleging various causes of action arising out of…more

Idea Theft, Mobile Device Management, Popular, Trade Secrets, Work Computer

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No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and…more

Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Email, Hackers, Human Resources Professionals

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Let the H-1B Games Begin: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Katniss Everdeen’s bow and arrow will not help employers on April 1st, 2014 when the competition for H-1B work visas begins. On April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) begins accepting H-1B petitions for…more

H-1B, Immigrants, USCIS, Visas

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5 Attributes of a Successful Non-Compete Agreement

Given the rising use of non-competes in all manner of businesses, we asked JD Supra contributors to tell us what's required in a successful agreement between employer and employee. Here is what we heard back…more

Employment Contract, Hiring & Firing, Legal Perspectives, Non-Compete Agreements, Popular

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Sanctions for Bringing a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim?

Federal courts have continued to disagree on whether the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act ("CFAA") applies to employees who misuse confidential information or trade secrets obtained from an employer's computer system that the employee…more

CFAA, Confidential Information, Employment Policies, Motion for Sanctions, Unauthorized Access

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Employee Communications: Your Internal Public Relations Campaign

If your organization regularly communicates with employees, then you understand the value of keeping employees informed about changes and plans for the organization. If you don’t have a program for regular employee…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Culture

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Salary Threshold To Be Approximately $900?

According to Bloomberg BNA, reports are that the new minimum salary for the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) "white collar" exemptions will annualize to "about" $47,000. The actual salary requirement is not a…more

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

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President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama has announced his plan for what he says is a partial fix of the U.S. immigration system. Through this Executive Action, more than four million undocumented individuals will get relief from deportation and will…more

Barack Obama, DACA, DAPA, Deportation, DHS

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Fast-Food Chain Employers: Take Steps Now to Avoid Being the Next FLSA Headline

On almost a daily basis, we read articles about class action lawsuits and settlements against fast-food chains. Almost all chains have had them. Fisher & Phillips has defended many of these lawsuits for different chains in all…more

Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Fast-Food Industry, FLSA

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Third Circuit: Meal Breaks For Employees' "Predominant Benefit" Are Not Worktime

The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) has ruled in Babcock v. Butler County that employees who receive the "predominant benefit" of a meal break are not entitled…more

Collective Actions, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Corporate Counsel, Employee Benefits, FLSA

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Six Proven Tactics To Help Avoid The "Ticking Time Bomb" Employee

Each new headline in the news describing the latest workplace violence tragedy reminds managers and human resources executives of their tremendous responsibilities in attempting to help prevent such senseless acts…more

Best Management Practices, Employee Assistance Programs, Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals, Workplace Violence

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Canadian Privacy 101: Employers Be Aware! Part I

This is the first post in a three-part series. If you work for a U.S.-based company with Canadian operations, your organization probably understands its obligations to comply with Canadian employment and tax laws. But is…more

"employer li, Canada, Employee Privacy Rights, PIPEDA

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Is OSHA Improperly Expanding the Scope of its Inspections?

2015 brought more changes to the OSHA enforcement landscape than we’ve seen in the last 30 years. A judge’s ruling in December that Fed-OSHA could seek abatement of alleged hazards at every location operated by an…more

Corporate Counsel, Enforcement Authority, OSHA, Popular, Safety Inspections

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Human Error Called The Most Common Factor In Data Breaches

As reported in the December 9, 2015 Wall Street Journal Law Blog, a recent report by the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) revealed that the most common reason for a data breach at companies is “employee error.” …more

Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Hackers, Security Breach

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Duran v. U.S. Bank: When Class Certification Goes Wrong

The California Supreme Court recently handed down a landmark decision on class actions. The trial judge lost control of the certification and evidentiary presentation of the case resulting in a $15 million verdict against U.S…more

Class Action, Class Certification, U.S. Bank National Association, US Bank

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Don't Forget State Law: Why Busk Does Not Save All Retailers

Expansion is the lifeblood of a growing business. But with expansion comes a diverse landscape of state laws governing all aspects of the employment relationship. It is vital when entering new jurisdictions to understand the…more

Amazon, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Integrity Staffing v Busk, Loss Prevention

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Court Rejects Kentucky Wage-Hour Representative Actions

The Kentucky Wages and Hours Act provides the mechanism for pursuing redress for minimum-wage or overtime violations under that law. KRS 337.385 provides, in pertinent part, that "[s]uch action may be maintained in any court of…more

FLSA, Jurisdiction, Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Unpaid Overtime

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Mexico – Single National Minimum Wage

On September 24, 2015, the National Minimum Wage Commission resolved that a single minimum wage of $70.10 pesos a day would apply across the entire country of Mexico. This resolution became effective as of October 1, 2015…more

Mexico, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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Labor Letter, February 2013: How To Weigh Obesity In Employment Decisions

Imagine you are the Hiring Manager for a distribution warehouse and have just begun interviewing applicants for a materials handler position. The first candidate enters the room, standing at a height of 5’4”, weighing more than…more

ADA, ADAAA, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination

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Eligibility Rules Need To Be In Writing

Healthcare reform continues to roll on. 2014 saw the implementation of the health insurance exchanges, the Individual Mandate, and a host of new rules relating to employer-provided health coverage. 2015 marks the start of yet…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Group Health Plans, Employer Mandates, ERISA, Full-Time Employees

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The EEOC Goes Electronic: FAQs On EEOC's New Electronic Pilot Program

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently rolled out a pilot program to electronically notify employers of new Charges filed against them. Instead of mailing the Notice of Charge of Discrimination form through…more

ACT Digital, Discrimination, EEOC, Electronic Communications, Employer Liability Issues

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Maintaining Patient Privacy In The Digital Age

Those in the heavily regulated healthcare industry know that patient information is sacrosanct. And for good reason; improper handling can result in hefty fines or criminal prosecution under the Health Insurance Portability and…more

Employment Policies, Health Care Providers, HIPAA, Mobile Devices, NLRB

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Business Travel to Australia with a Criminal Background

2015 marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia. In 1940, the two countries established diplomatic relations following the United Kingdom's recognition of Australia's domestic and…more

Australia, Business Travel, Criminal Records, Customs and Border Protection, Visas

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