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Fourth Circuit Decision Establishes New Six-Factor Test for Determining Joint Employment under the FLSA

On January 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit established a new six-factor test to determine whether two or more entities are joint employers for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). ...more

Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access...more

“Repeated exposure to supervisor constituted a dangerous situation”, employee arguing

The Federal Court has breathed new life into a government employee’s claim that “repeated exposure to her supervisor constituted a dangerous situation” that justified her work refusal under the Canada Labour Code. The case...more

UPDATE: Los Angeles Ban the Box - New Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

Seyfarth Synopsis: The City of Los Angeles recently issued its Rules and Regulations Implementing the Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring (Ban the Box) Ordinance, providing critical guidance to employers on compliance with the...more

Third Circuit Upholds Subgroup Disparate Impact Claims Under the ADEA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently created a circuit split when it disagreed with prior decisions from the Second, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits regarding the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). In...more

California Employers Are Subject to New Requirements When Using Criminal History Information

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

What is the Current Status of OSHA’s Injury and Illness Reporting Rule?

As we previously reported on this blog, OSHA recently made sweeping changes to its injury and illness reporting rule. The agency delayed enforcement of the rule until December 1, 2016. Many industry advocates were hoping...more

Parsing the Revisions to the I-9 Handbook for Employers

On January 22, 2017, two days after President Trump was inaugurated but with no connection to that event, USCIS published a new Form I-9 for verification of employment authorization required for every new hire since 1986. ...more

New FCRA Class Action Against UPS Shows Traditional FCRA Claims Alive and Well

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has created a flurry of class action complaints in recent years aimed at employers who fail to comply with the FCRA’s hyper-technical disclosure and consent requirements. However,...more

Employers Not Required to Track “Hours Worked” on Itemized Wage Statements for Exempt Employees

California employers are required to provide written wage statements to employees generally identifying the total hours worked during each period. The Labor Code provides an exception to this requirement for those employees...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2016 Year in Review – Whitepaper

Introduction - In comparison to recent history, 2016 was a tame year for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”). While continuing to issue decisions that left employers scratching their heads, the...more

Fourth Circuit Offers New Test for Joint Employment under FLSA

The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a general contractor was the joint employer of employees of its subcontractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc. has broad implications...more

California Again Updates Equal Pay Act

After amending its Equal Pay Act to address gender-related wage differentials effective January 1, 2016, the California legislature enacted nearly identical language to also preclude wage differentials based on race or...more

Honesty is the Best Policy

May an employer fire an employee for lying about the reason for an absence? In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court said “yes.” Orlando Martinez worked for Polar Industries as a machine operator. He was...more

Health and safety sentences: update on the sentencing guidelines one year on

Employers have a general duty to ensure the safety of their employees under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. On 1 February 2016, the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: Practical Tips For Preventing A Preventable Problem

Wage and hour litigation continues to pose a threat to employers, especially in California. There are many potential reasons for the persistence of this phenomenon, despite increased awareness of the issue by the business...more

New Protections for Immigrants

The California legislature has added a new provision to the Labor Code expanding protections from “unfair immigration-related practices” (originally passed in 2013) beyond the retaliation context and extending protections to...more

Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees: Avoiding Class-Wide Overtime Violations

Employers generally recognize that their non-exempt employees must receive overtime premiums on their base pay – in most cases, their hourly wage – when they work overtime. However, not all employers are as well attuned to...more

What is a Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act? The City of Philadelphia’s Costly Reminder to...

On July 9, 2012, David Moore filed a Charge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) (Charge No. 530-2012-02470) alleging that the City of Philadelphia failed to reassign him to a new job as a...more

D.C. Paid Family Leave Law to Take Effect Without Mayor’s Signature

Taking the middle road by returning the bill to the City Council without her signature, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser permits the D.C. Paid Family Leave law to continue down the path toward a 2020 payout for D.C....more

New York State REVOKES Rule On Wage Payment By Direct Deposit Or Debit Card – Would Have Taken Effect March 7

A regulation issued by the New York State Department of Labor that governed the payment of employees by direct deposit or payroll debit card has been revoked by the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals. The Board said...more

Update: DOL Regulation For Employers Who Use Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards Invalidated

On February 16, 2017, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals invalidated and revoked the NYS Department of Labor regulations we wrote about previously (and updated here) governing payment of wages by direct deposit or...more

California Expands Factors in the Vicarious Liability Control Test

Although a company is generally not liable for the negligence of its independent contractors, companies required by the government to exert control over independent contractors may be held vicariously liable for the...more

Hiring and Firing in Los Angeles: Fair Chance Initiative Update

We told you about Los Angeles’ Ban the Box ordinance in early December. Also known as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), the new regulation seeks to reduce recidivism by limiting inquiries regarding...more

Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Denials

Despite meritorious claims, workers are denied benefits through workers’ compensation every day. Employers and their insurance carriers have a vested interest in denying as many claims as possible to avoid having to pay large...more

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