Employee Rights

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 -
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Employment Law 101: Worksite Lactation Breaks

According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all employers with more than 50 employees nationwide are required to comply. Employers with less than 50 employees may not comply if it would be an undue hardship....more

PBGC Publishes Final Regulations on the Phase-In Period for Guarantee of Benefits for an Unpredictable Contingent Event

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (“PBGC”) recently published final regulations related to the phase-in period for its guarantee of benefits that are contingent upon the occurrence of an “unpredictable contingent...more

FMLA Stands for "Family and Medical Leave Avalanche"

We noted last year that 20 years after the original passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the Department of Labor issued a survey report lauding the effectiveness of the law and the positive impact it has had...more

Privacy And M&A Transactions: The Do's And Don'ts

Most M&A transactions require parties to exchange at least some personal information, whether it is the seller's employee or customer personal information. Addressing privacy compliance at an early stage of the M&A...more

Two Important NLRB Decisions: When Franchisees/Franchisers are a Joint Employer and Forming Micro Bargaining Units in Retail

On July 29, 2014, the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Richard Griffin, authorized NLRB Regional Directors to issue complaints in 43 unfair labor practices cases against McDonald’s USA LLC. The...more

Persuading Employee to Work Rather than Taking Unpaid Leave May Result in FMLA Violation

The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") requires employers to provide eligible employees with up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn child (among other reasons), and to offer reinstatement to the employee...more

Final Rules Adopted Clarifying Employers’ Obligations under the New York City Earned Sick Time Act

The New York City Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA or the Act) went into effect on April 1, 2014, giving many New York City employees up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year. Since March, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)...more

An Estimate is Just That - The Seventh Circuit Highlights Several Important Lessons for Employers Navigating Intermittent FMLA...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled on two important intermittent Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave issues in Hansen v. Fincantieri Marine Group. First, the court determined that the FMLA...more

No Right to Jury Trial Under Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Statute

On August 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that individuals bringing suit under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law have no right to a jury trial. Writing for the court, Judge Judith Olson explains that “the...more

President Obama Issues New Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On July 31, President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations. The order applies to new contracts for goods and services, including construction, valued at more than...more

EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidelines Expand Employers’ Obligations Toward Pregnant Employees

In July 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), on a 3-2 vote, issued new “Enforcement Guidance” on pregnancy-related issues. These new Guidelines significantly expand employers’ obligations and expressly...more

Maryland Court of Appeals: Contrary to Federal Court Rulings, Maryland Employees Are Eligible to Recover Treble Damages from...

More bad news for employers: Maryland’s Court of Appeals (its highest court) has now put to rest any question about an employee’s right to recover treble damages in connection with an unpaid overtime claim....more

The California Court of Appeal Finds That an Employee Expense is an Employee Expense is an Employee Expense

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) published a decision that could impact many employers in California. The threshold question at issue in the case was whether an employer...more

New Executive Orders and Department of Labor Proposals Impose Increased Compliance Burden on Government Contractors

President Obama recently signed the third of three Executive Orders (E.O.s) issued this year, which will significantly change the labor and employment compliance landscape for government contract prime contractors and...more

LGBT in the Workplace: The Rundown on President Obama’s Executive Orders on “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity”...

On July 21, 2014, President Obama issued an executive order that amends Executive Orders 11478 and 11246 by adding LGBT anti-discrimination protections. President Obama took this action after Congress failed to pass the...more

Effective Immediately: Employers Required to Grant Employees Domestic Violence Leave

What you need to know: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed a law, effective immediately, that requires employers with 50 or more employees to grant up to 15 days of leave from work if an employee or a...more

EEOC Ratchets Up Focus on Pregnancy Discrimination with Updated Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent guidance regarding pregnancy discrimination in the workplace heralds that agency’s renewed focus on that topic. After three decades of silence on the issue of...more

Breaking: OFCCP Issues Directive On Gender-Identity Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has issued a new directive on gender-identity discrimination, consistent with President Obama’s recent amendment to Executive Order 11246. ...more

National Labor Relations Board’s Threatened Expansion of Joint Employer Doctrine Would Increase Employment Law Risks for US...

To bring their full financial and operational expertise to portfolio companies, private equity firms frequently adopt an active approach to overseeing their investments. However, the greater a firm’s involvement in the...more

New Difficulty With Settlements at the New York State Division of Human Rights

The New York State Division of Human Rights’ (NYSDHR or the Division) standard stipulation of settlement document does not always include all of the terms that an employer would want when agreeing to pay a monetary settlement...more

New Jersey enacts “Ban-the-Box” law, limiting inquiries about criminal history during first phase of hiring process

New Jersey has enacted a law prohibiting employers with 15 or more employees from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a first interview, unless the employee voluntarily discloses criminal history...more

Domestic Violence Leave Now Mandated in Massachusetts

On August 8, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed sweeping new legislation in the area of domestic violence—M.G.L. c. 260 entitled “An Act relative to domestic violence.” The new law is effective immediately and...more

Maryland Employers Can Be Liable for up to Treble Damages for Misclassification "Overtime Pay" Claims Under State Law

On August 13, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals held in Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc. that employers can be held liable under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law ("Wage Payment Law" or MWPCL) for all...more

State Law Wage & Hour Resource: You’ll Need It!

You thought that figuring out, and staying on top of, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act was tough. Well, don’t forget that you must comply with state wage and hour laws as well. Sure, the FLSA is quite nuanced and complex;...more

Personal View: Union rules force changes

The National Labor Relations Board is set to make the final moves in a strategy seemingly designed to expand union representation in the private sector. Under the Obama administration, the NLRB has systematically...more

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