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You Are a Workplace Safety Rockstar: A Supervisor’s Guide to Taking Safety to the Next Level

It’s time to improve your workplace safety program. Fed-OSHA just announced the sweeping new requirement that, beginning in 2017, many employers must electronically provide to the Agency the details concerning the workplace...more

Dealing with the new FLSA salary tests in ruby slippers

News releases echoing the famous mantra from The Wizard of Oz – “lions, and tigers, and bears …. Oh my!” – suggested that the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an army of flying monkeys. Not so. ...more

Five Reasons Why Employees Talk to Lawyers

“Why am I getting sued?” is a common question we get from our employer clients when faced with what they perceive as a frivolous lawsuit brought by a ne’er-do-well former employee out for a quick buck or a pound of flesh. The...more

The Notice Provision of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA): What Employers Must Do Now

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which became effective on May 11, extends federal civil protection to trade secrets and allows companies and individuals to file private lawsuits to remedy a wrongful taking of their trade...more

When HR Meets Law: Family Friendly Employment Practices

(Chinese & English version) Achieving a healthy “work-life balance” is a challenge for many professionals as most are expected to work longer and harder to meet various business targets. Employment lawyers from DLA Piper...more

Significant Changes Made to California’s Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws

California is constructing better protections for employees and reinforcing state laws that make clear it is an employer’s affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct discriminatory and harassing...more

Employers Head Into Overtime Preparing for New Wage and Hour Rules

The long awaited final rule updating the regulations relating to overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees was published earlier this week on May 17, 2016. Contrary to all the hoopla that...more

What Employers Need to Know About the New York City Pregnancy Accommodation Enforcement Guidance

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released enforcement guidance on the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act identifying five categories of potential violations and emphasizing the need to engage in...more

USDOL Publishes New FMLA Employee Guide and Poster

As employers covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can attest, administering the FMLA’s regulatory framework at the employee level can consume substantial time and resources. Despite the expense associated with...more

New Federal Trade Secret Law: Key Takeaways for Employers

Congress recently passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) which, for the first time, allows companies to file civil lawsuits for theft of trade secrets under federal law. On Wednesday, May 11, President Barrack Obama...more

Preview the Top Three Findings from our 2016 Policy Management Benchmark Report

In our second annual policy management benchmark report, which will be released first to everyone who registers for our upcoming webinar, we’ve uncovered new trends and insights that you can put to work in your program today....more

Navigating Environmental Regulations: Tips for Staying in Compliance

Our state’s ever-changing regulatory environment makes it hard to stay on the right side of the law. Here are some simple steps to help keep your business in compliance: 1. Ignorance Is Not Bliss. Take time to research...more

Divisive Devices: Navigating Workplace Pitfalls Caused By Connectivity And Mobile Apps

It is unlikely that the Slovenian psychoanalytic Marxist philosopher Slavoj Zizek had in mind the wellbeing of corporate defendants in workplace litigation when he articulated this “ultimate horror of the digital age.”...more

Client Alert: Employers Should Begin Preparing for New Overtime Rules

On March 13, 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to update its overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and the DOL issued its draft regulations in July 2015. After considerable...more

Are retirement ages in PHI schemes age discriminatory?

Mistakes by employers in relation to an employee's entitlement to PHI can be very costly. In one leading High Court case, Aspden v. Webbs Poultry & Meat Group (Holdings) Limited [1996] I.R.L.R. 521, an employee was awarded...more

A Major Change in Employer Attitude Towards Preventing Workplace Violence

We just completed the second of two Fisher & Phillips webinars including panelists and contributors who were active and former Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, and other law enforcement professionals.  We...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter - The dangers of inflexible disciplinary procedures

A recent Hong Kong appeal decision of the Court of First Instance concerned the application of disciplinary procedures to an employee whose performance had already been reviewed under a performance improvement plan (PIP)....more

Work-Related Stress and the Americans with Disabilities Act

With increasing frequency employees are claiming disabilities based on work-related stress. Some employees are asking for accommodations such as transfers to new supervisors, working from home, additional leave, and...more

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

To wear, or not to wear: that is the policy

Workplace dress codes are once again in the spotlight. British Airways' dress code policy came under scrutiny for requiring female cabin crew to wear skirts. Two dress code policies of employers in France and Belgium caused...more

Workplace Violence In The News: How To Respond If A Worker Is Served With A Restraining Order

After yet another incident of workplace violence in the news, we have to consider that any employee served with a restraining order should be treated as a reason to take workplace security precautions. The shooter in the most...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XVIII: Vermont Becomes Fifth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

Vermont finally hopped on the paid sick leave bandwagon when last week, Governor Peter Shumlin signed the Vermont Paid Sick Leave Law (“Vermont PSLL”). Vermont joins Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon as the...more

New Jersey Legislature Fist Pumps for Pay Equity

On Monday, the New Jersey Assembly approved a pay equity bill that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to strengthen protections against pay discrimination in the workplace. The bill already passed the...more

The Client Contact You Need to Know

Not long after I made the move from law firm practice to general counsel at a Texas financial institution, I observed that the senior executives at our holding company (the key decisionmakers) all had internal people within...more

Breaking up is hard to do

So, your star employee has resigned. What happens next can be crucial for your brand. The way a business responds to the resignation of a star employee is a touchstone of successful HR leadership. Employees, competitors,...more

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