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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -

The Layers Of The Paid Sick Leave Law In Montgomery County, Maryland

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 1, 2016, Montgomery County’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave law became effective. This law allows all employees, with few exceptions, that work in Montgomery County, Maryland, to accrue paid and/or unpaid sick and...more

Sharing Economy: European Parliament call for EU level guidance on employment and social security questions

by Hogan Lovells on

To regulate or not to regulate: This question becomes relevant for the sharing economy after last week’s European Parliament resolution calling for clear EU guidelines on the collaborative economy. The resolution is a...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Ruling That Employer’s “No Recording” Policy Violated National Labor Relations Act

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Employers need to be mindful about policies prohibiting employees from recording or videotaping in the workplace, as such rules, if not drafted carefully, may run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act). This...more

What You Need to Know About Georgia's New Family Care Act – Effective July 1

by Baker Donelson on

On May 8, Governor Nathan Deal signed Georgia's new Family Care Act into law. The Act, which will take effect on July 1, requires employers to allow their employees to use earned and available sick leave to take care of...more

Make Room On Your Bulletin Board For The Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act Notice

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Nevada employers must post a notice on the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act immediately. Governor Brian Sandoval signed the Act into law on June 2, 2017, and the notice provisions took effect upon signing. All other...more

Los Angeles Ensures Employees Know Their Rights. Employers, Take Notice.

by Lewitt Hackman on

If Los Angeles was a person rather than a city, you could practically hear her telling employers, “It’s ON.” The warning comes by way of a massive ad campaign to remind members of the working public they have certain...more

Cook County Final Earned Sick Leave Rules

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

With the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date around the corner, the Cook County Commission on Human Relations (“CCCHR”) approved its administrative rules on May 25, 2017. While we...more

NLRB Orders DISH Network To Rescind Or Revise Its Arbitration Agreement With Employees

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Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered Dish Network, LLC to rescind or revise its arbitration agreement, finding that provisions in the agreement violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

In times of union rivalry

by Hogan Lovells on

SAFTU recently launched itself under the name South African Federation of Trade Unions and enters into the fray on the heels of four other existing union federations. This is not going to settle the workplace; on the...more

Overhaul of Alberta’s Workplace Laws Now Underway

Significant changes to Alberta’s workplace laws are coming. On May 24, 2017, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17), which proposes the biggest changes to Alberta’s...more

In times of union rivalry

by Hogan Lovells on

SAFTU recently launched itself under the name South African Federation of Trade Unions and enters into the fray on the heels of four other existing union federations. This is not going to settle the workplace; on the...more

NYC Scheduling Laws Will Constrain Employers’ Scheduling And Flexibility - Retail and Fast Food Employers Soon Subject To “Fair...

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a suite of legislation dubbed the “Fair Workweek” bills into effect on May 30, 2017, which will limit the scheduling practices and flexibility of certain employers. These laws are...more

Is Crying At Work Sufficient Notice Of An FMLA Covered Condition?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It is well established that an employee need not specifically request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) in order to benefit from the Act’s protections. Rather, the law requires the employer to take action...more

Canada: Ontario Government's Proposed Legislation to "Create Fairer and Better Workplaces" Includes $15 Minimum Wage and Equal Pay...

by Littler on

On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government issued its response to a Final Report recently released by two Special Advisors as part of their Changing Workplaces Review. This Report included 173 recommendations for amendments to...more

Countdown to Paid Sick and Safe Time in Minneapolis and St. Paul

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On July 1, 2017, the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance and the St. Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance are scheduled to take effect. Businesses with employees in Minneapolis or St. Paul that have not yet become...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Reiterates That Filling Employee’s Position During Leave And Re-Assigning Employee To A Different But...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer had done nothing wrong when it (i) filled the plaintiff’s position during his leave, (ii) restored the plaintiff to a different, but equivalent,...more

7th Circuit Issues Ruling That Waiver of Statutory Rights under FLSA in Collective Bargaining Agreement Must Be Clear and...

On May 15, 2017, the Seventh Circuit issued its ruling in Vega v. New Forest Home Cemetery, LLC, finding that an employee was not barred from bringing a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) claim in a judicial forum, despite his...more

The Future of Takeover Regulation and Corporate Governance in the UK

On 19 April 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the country by calling a snap general election for 8 June 2017. While much of the discourse relating to the election is focused on Brexit and normal political...more

Off-Duty Employees Had Right to "Hang Out" on Employer's Property to Publicize Dispute

by FordHarrison on

An administrative law judge recently ruled that a Pacific Northwest fast food chain violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by maintaining a policy that prohibited off-duty employees from loitering or “hanging out”...more

Littler Global Guide - United Kingdom - Q1 2017

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New Rules on Regulatory References Come Into Force - Enacted Legislation - The new rules on Regulatory References came into force on March 7, 2017. The intention of these rules, which apply to full-scope regulatory...more

Canada: Ontario Special Advisors Make 173 Recommendations in their Final Report on the Changing Workplace

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In May 2015, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors (Michael Mitchell and The Honourable John C. Murray) to review the modern-day workplace and to consider whether the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995...more

Georgia’s SB 201 Will Require Sick Leave To Be Used For “Family” Reasons

One hot topic right now in the employment world is family and medical leave laws. There has been a push in the federal arena as well as many states to establish or improve family leave and sick leave requirements for the...more

New Georgia Law Expands Use of Paid Sick Leave

by King & Spalding on

Effective July 1, 2017, Georgia employers with more than 25 employees will be required to allow eligible employees to use up to five days of paid sick leave each calendar year to care for immediate family members, including...more

Pittsburgh To Appeal Block Of City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a lower court’s ruling invalidating the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), the ordinance adopted in 2015 requiring all employers of employees within the Pittsburgh city...more

What Am I Doing Wrong?? Common FMLA Mistakes.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

“What did I do wrong?” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration. This is the eighth in a monthly series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

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