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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 -

Interference On The Defense? Tenth Circuit Reinstates EEOC’s Formerly Dismissed Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a federal district court dismissed the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim against a private college that had sued a former employee for allegedly breaching a settlement agreement by filing an EEOC...more

EEOC Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s…Forever

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Seventh Circuit recently condoned an EEOC practice that dramatically inhibits the private settlement of employment discrimination lawsuits. Two Union Pacific employees filed an EEOC charge. The EEOC provided a Notice...more

Employment News - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Don’t look now – European Court decides monitoring employee's email account did breach privacy right - In Barbulescu v Romania the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee's right to...more

North Carolina Doubles Down on Enforcing Employee Misclassification

On August 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Employee Fair Classification Act. While the Act does not change the definition of what constitutes an “employee” under existing North Carolina law, the Act does...more

Fair Game? Predictable Scheduling Laws — The Sensation Sweeping The Nation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last minute scheduling change? Want to make sure you have enough employees on stand-by to cover shifts? In a growing number of areas around the country, that will cost you. ...more

Washington’s New Healthy Starts Act Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Workers Absent the Showing...

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Washington’s legislature recently passed a new Healthy Starts Act (the “Act”), which places significant obligations on Washington employers with respect to pregnant employees. These new obligations are not otherwise required...more

Oregon Employers Face Significant New Workplace Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

There’s good news for Oregon employers about the recently concluded 2017 legislative session: unlike years past, there were only a very small number of workplace laws passed. In fact, the Oregon Legislature only passed four...more

Digging In Its Heels: Disputing The DOJ’s Position, The NLRB Remains Defiant In Supreme Court Brief That Individual Arbitration...

by BakerHostetler on

On August 9 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) filed its responsive brief in one of three cases before the Supreme Court that may determine the future validity of individual arbitration agreements in the...more

Oregon Clarifies, Overhauls Manufacturing Overtime Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed into law a bill that remedies ambiguities in Oregon’s decades-old daily overtime law, which covers non-union employees working in mills, factories, and manufacturing...more

Washington Supreme Court Clarifies State Meal Break Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under Washington State’s meal break statute, an employer must provide an employee working five or more consecutive hours a 30-minute meal period, although employees may waive the meal break under state law. In answering...more

California Adds New Notice Requirement for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Victims

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Employers, another notice provision has taken effect in California. Beginning on July 1, 2017, employers with at least 25 employees must now provide written notice to new employees that explain the rights of victims of...more

AB 119: What Public Employers Need to Know about their Obligations to Give Unions Access to New Employees - Information, Access...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 119 into law, which requires public employers to provide union representatives access to new employees during their orientations. This bill defines employee orientation as the...more

Long-term loss of earnings and whistleblowing

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In Small v. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust the Court of Appeal has held that where a claimant's employment has been terminated due to a protected disclosure the tribunal can award compensation for long-term loss...more

Nevada Issues Official Notice For Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act For Immediate Posting

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Nevada Equal Rights Commission has issued an official Notice for the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act....more

Worksite Notices, Who Needs ‘Em?

Well, if you are an organization that has employees, you do! Although they may be a bit unappealing and often overlooked, worksite notices are required under both federal and state law. In fact, many municipalities and cities...more

One More Required Notice For CA New Hires

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

We previously blogged about the numerous documents CA employers need to give new employees upon hire. Well, add the “RIGHTS OF VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND STALKING” notice to the list. This notice has...more

Turning Over Every Stone: Don’t Ignore Possible Exemptions And Waivers

by Fisher Phillips on

Many employers fail to fully appreciate the existence of a variety of exemptions from, or waivers of, some of California’s strict wage and hour regulations. A quick survey of common issues includes the following escape...more

Documented Performance Issues And Inadequate Notice Of Need For Leave Sink Employee’s FMLA Claims

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Granting summary judgment to an employer on Family and Medical Leave Act claims asserted by a former employee, an Illinois district court held that: (1) the employee had failed to demonstrate his firing had any causal...more

“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

by Fisher Phillips on

Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....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 ninth in a monthly series highlighting some of the more common mistakes employers can...more

New Notice Requirement For Domestic Violence Victims’ Rights To Go Into Effect (July 1, 2017)

As we previously blogged, Assembly Bill 2337 (approved by the Governor last fall) will go into effect on July 1, 2017As we previously blogged, Assembly Bill 2337 (approved by the Governor last fall) will go into effect on...more

Cook County, Illinois and the City of Chicago Mandate New Paid Sick Leave Benefits

by K&L Gates LLP on

On July 1, 2017, two very similar ordinances regarding employee paid sick leave will become effective. One of these ordinances is the modified version of The Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (“Chicago...more

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

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

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