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Balfour Beatty: The Case for Compliance

Large companies will need to reassess the adequacy of their health and safety controls in light of new large scale fines for workplace accidents. On 6 May 2016 Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited (“Balfour Beatty”)...more

An overview of Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination

On May 3, 2016, Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination, was given its first reading in the House of Commons. Originally introduced and recently passed in the Senate as a private Member’s bill, the...more

The importance of signing the employment contract before starting work

In a recent decision, Holland v. Hostopia.com Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal concluded that a termination provision in an employment agreement was unenforceable because the employment agreement was signed after the...more

Gender pay gap – a new frontier?

Stockholder proposals regarding gender pay equality have been proposed at several large companies during this year’s proxy season, particularly among technology companies....more

FRANCHISOR 101: State Bills re Franchisor Joint Employer Liability

With franchisors deeply concerned about joint liability for franchisee employees, more states are passing laws trying to prevent that from happening. Here are some states and measures that have passed: Texas enacted...more

Gavel to Gavel: Training key to compliance

The employment laws with which businesses must comply continue to grow in complexity and number. Within the last few months alone, federal agencies have been busy releasing new guidelines affecting a myriad of workplace...more

Understanding the Final Overtime Rule: Is it really that Simple?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Final Overtime Rule, which is effective on December 1, 2016, simplifies the regulations to make them easier for employees and employers to understand and apply. Really? ...more

Businesses Must Adapt to the Tidal Wave of Wage Legislation

California employers will face a barrage of changes to the wage laws over the next months and years that may affect both exempt and non-exempt employees. Both state and federal laws have recently changed. In addition, many...more

Be-Leave It — New EEOC Guidance Emphasizes Leaves of Absence as Reasonable Accommodations

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC recently issued “new” guidance for addressing leave as a reasonable accommodation. Employers must remember to consider unpaid leave as an accommodation, when appropriate, even if an employee would...more

OSHA Update: OSHA’s New Anti-Discrimination Requirements – What Every Human Resource Professional Needs to Know

On May 11, 2016, OSHA amended its Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule. While much attention has been paid to the new requirements that employers electronically submit their injury and illness records to OSHA starting in...more

Tennessee Employers with 50 or More Employees Will Be Required To Use E-Verify Starting 1/1/2017

Starting January 1, 2017, all Tennessee employers with 50 or more employees will be required to use the E-Verify system in order to verify the employment eligibility of workers hired on or after that date. Currently,...more

Did My Employee Just Say That?!? Manage Risk with a Company Crisis Plan

Johnny Hotshot, the 11 year-old shortstop on the Dallas Rangers Little League team, suffered a horrific brain injury after a pitching machine at the Hitz-R-Us batting cage malfunctioned. Melanie Scoop, a reporter from one of...more

Five Ways to Survive a Department of Labor (“DOL”) Health and Welfare Plan Investigation

DOL health and welfare plan investigations are on the rise. There are best practices for plans chosen for investigation: 1. Get Employee Benefits Counsel Involved Early. The DOL investigation process generally...more

EEOC Issues Strong Reminder to Employers About Their Obligation to Provide Accommodation Under the ADA

In theory, employers are all generally familiar with the “interactive process” and the need to provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodation absent undue hardship. But in practice are employers actually complying...more

SCOTUS Gives Boost To Employee Constructive Discharge Claims

In a 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the statute of limitations for Title VII constructive discharge claim begins on the date of the employee’s notice of resignation, not on the date of the last alleged...more

OSHA’s New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Creates a Minefield for Employers

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published its long-awaited electronic recordkeeping rule (“final rule”). The final rule creates numerous new recordkeeping obligations and additional...more

Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

This issue of Take 5 is devoted to recent laws and court rulings that have particular significance for retailers. These five short articles address fundamental changes to policies and practices in the retail workplace,...more

The New FLSA Regulations: Impact Will Be More Than Just Higher Salaries for Exempt Employees

As has been widely publicized in the press, on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released the final rule updating the regulations regarding the white collar exemptions from overtime compensation under the...more

Constructive Discharge: Supreme Court Sets the Clock in Employees’ Favor

On May 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the filing period for constructive discharge claims, which can be filed pursuant to many different employment laws, begins to run upon an employee’s...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

OSHA Changes to Recordkeeping Rules Will Make Injury and Illness Data Public; Restricts Post-Incident Drug Testing and Safety...

Claiming that it will “nudge” employers to focus on safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule which updates the way it collects, and employers report, workplace injury and...more

Spouses in the Workplace: Allow or Prohibit?

Employers often face the issue of whether to allow spouses or other family members to work together. Regardless the side the employer falls on, there is potential liability lurking....more

Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Takes Effect

Employers Should Immediately Revise Confidentiality Agreements to Comply - The Defend Trade Secrets Act, signed into law by President Obama last week and effective immediately, provides a new federal remedy for trade...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

OSHA To Require Public Disclosure of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA recently announced a final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Under the new rule, employers will be required to submit injury and illness data to OSHA on an annual basis for posting on OSHA’s...more

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