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Employment Law Reporter – September 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL EDITION: Teaching Supervisors When To Contact The Human Resources Department. It’s September. Traffic has swollen to new highs—kids are back in school. Many have forgotten what they learned. Many...more

September and October 2015 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties. To avoid such...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? Uber Court Moves One Step Closer to Answering This Critical Question

Many of us perhaps have grown accustomed to riding Uber and enjoy the often significant discounts that their services may provide as compared to traditional taxi companies, and a recent case is certainly closely watched...more

No extension for you! Employers – brace for the impact of the new DOL overtime rules

The US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil reportedly told Congress on Monday that the agency will not extend the 60-day public comment period for its proposed regulation narrowing the...more

eWorkplace Policies Restricting Employees’ Acceptable Use of Technology, Social Media & The Cloud

I. OVERVIEW – THE MODERN LANDSCAPE - A. Physical Conduct PLUS Digital Activity - Traditional concerns for employers have included: conduct leading to liability to third-parties; “frolic and detour” or other...more

Outside Counsel Should Handle Healthcare.gov Subsidy Appeals

Here’s the coming dilemma: let IRS assess employer mandate taxes based on errant Healthcare.gov subsidy certifications or appeal those errors to prevent those assessments.  “Where’s the dilemma?” you say.  Here:  once you...more

[Event] Labor & Employment Breakfast Briefing - Sept. 10th, Chicago, IL

Sheppard Mullin invites you to the second in a series of breakfast briefings in our Chicago office addressing domestic and global employment law developments, legislation, and trends affecting the workplace. Each briefing...more

Be Warned: Federal Guidance on Misclassification States that “Most Workers Are Employees,” Not Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) released official guidance addressing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The guidance, Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1...more

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic

Just when is an employer required to hire those taking prescription pain medications? In Clipse v. Commercial Driver Services, Inc., the Washington Court of Appeals held that Commercial Driver Services, Inc. was liable under...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Ban on Credit Checks Takes Effect Today

A new law restricting the pre-employment process takes effect in New York City today, September 3, 2015 (the Law). As we previously reported, the Law bars most employers in NYC from requesting or considering, for employment...more

FMLA Eligible or Not Eligible … That is the Question

The easiest part of handling a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) situation is determining at the outset whether the employee is eligible for FMLA protections, right? Not so fast. Recent cases have added the seemingly simple...more

Pay-Ratio Rules Are Final—Could Banks Feel the Impact?

Why it matters - In a split vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a final rule requiring public companies to disclose the "pay ratio" between the chief executive officer's (CEO) annual total...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: How to Handle Audits by Labor Bureaus in China

In recent months, the number of international businesses in China (especially Beijing) that have been contacted by the local labor bureau for an audit has been markedly rising. These audit processes can come out of the blue...more

National Labor Relations Board Tosses More Than 30 Years of Precedent in Joint Employer Inquiry – Other Agencies to Follow?

On Thursday, August 27, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) issued its ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., altering decades of precedent about the standard required to be held as a...more

Are Your Contractors Actually Employees? DOL Says Probably Yes

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued an Administrator's Interpretation aimed at addressing what it characterizes as the “problematic trend” of employers misclassifying workers as independent contractors...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

Ashley Madison - That Electronic Communications Policy Was a Good Idea After All

When does an employee’s extramarital activity become his or her employer’s concern?  Before the Ashley Madison breach, the answer might as well have been “[almost] never.”  Since the Ashley Madison breach has a...more

It’s Back to School Time for Students and Your Parent Employees, Too

It’s that time of year when students around the country head back to school. In addition to watching their office supplies fly out of their store rooms, employers will see an increase in employee requests for time off work to...more

NLRB Forces Buyers To Become “Successors” Against Their Will

While all eyes were on the landmark Browning-Ferris decision issued Thursday, the Board issued yet another split decision that also may have far reaching consequences. In GVS Properties, LLC, 362 NLRB No. 194 (Aug. 27, 2015),...more

NLRB Expands Joint-Employer Standard: Exercising Direct Control No Longer Required

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) overturned decades-old precedent by vastly expanding its definition of “joint employer,” upending established federal labor law and creating tremendous uncertainty for companies....more

Your Employees Are Probably Doing It, So Have a BYOD Policy

People today can (and do) work from anywhere—connected through the Internet, WiFi, and cloud-based platforms with a variety of mobile devices. This makes preventing confidential and proprietary business information from...more

Death Threats Lead To Employer's ADA Victory

It is rare that the most employee-friendly of all federal appellate courts cites “common sense” in support of one of its decisions. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently did just that, however, dismissing a disability...more

Transgender Issues in the Workplace

Since 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the position that transgender individuals are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The EEOC...more

Louisiana Federal Court Cautions Against Seeking Enforcement of Invalid Noncompete Agreements

In what should serve as a cautionary tale to employers with noncompete agreements, a federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana allowed an unfair trade practices claim to survive against an employer that attempted to...more

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