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French Labor Court Holds: Look The Other Way And Pay

France is world-renowned for its protection of employees against adverse employer actions, particularly unilateral terminations. Like virtually all other countries outside the United States, France does not recognize at-will...more

A Bump in the Road for California’s Piece Rate Employers

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Fresno County Superior Court denied a request to postpone the deadline for qualified employers to notify the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) of their election to participate in the...more

Clarifications Regarding Trial Period by the French Supreme Court

With two decisions dated March 31 and April 15, 2016, the Employment Division of the French Supreme Court (“Cour de cassation”) clarified the legal framework applicable to trial periods. The Supreme Court explained how to...more

Employee Requests For Payroll Records: Haste Makes, er, a Hash of Things

Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, employers are people or, if they are not, they are staffed by people. People often take short cuts. HR workers are no different from anybody else. They are prone to take the shortest...more

BDO’s 2016 Manufacturing Risk Factor Report

The 2016 BDO Manufacturing RiskFactor Report examines the risk factors in the most recent 10-K filings of the largest 100 publicly traded U.S. manufacturers across five sectors including fabricated metal, food processing,...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

Who Are My Employees? The legal landscape for employers is changing. Led by the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”), there is a growing trend to hold employers accountable, not only for their own employees, but...more

Attorney Fee Awards In Unpaid Wages Cases – Court of Appeal Clarifies Who Is Entitled To Fees Under Statutory Fee Shifting...

On June 28, 2016, in Rogelio Ramos v. Manuel Garcia (“Ramos”) (Superior Court Case No. 37-2013-00037990-CU-OE-CTL), the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District reaffirmed that under Labor Code Section 218.5 an...more

Court Places CA Piece-Rate Pay Statute’s July 1 “Safe Harbor” Filing Deadline on Hold

On June 30, 2016, Judge Jeffrey Hamilton of the California Superior Court in Fresno County granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the enforcement of various aspects of California’s new piece-rate pay statute,...more

Mexico’s Collective Bargaining Freedom Protocol: An Introduction for Employers Doing Business in Mexico

In accordance with the International Labour Standards on Freedom of Association (enshrined in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Constitution, the ILO Declaration of Philadelphia, and the ILO Declaration on...more

California Enacts New PAGA Amendments as Part of Governor’s Budget Bill

The Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”) authorizes aggrieved employees to file lawsuits to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees and the state of California for Labor Code violations. In...more

New Court Decision Lends Further Guidance To Meal And Rest Period Scheduling

California employers continue to struggle with how to comply with their obligation to provide meal and rest periods to their non-exempt employees. Although the California Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Brinker decision from...more

Game of Groans? Third Parties Attending Interactions with Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: While employers usually deal with employees directly, sometimes an employer must engage with an employee’s representative. These circumstances vary, as do the potential consequences to the...more

California PAGA Amendments Will Expand Labor Officials’ Involvement in PAGA Claims

On June 15, 2016, the California Legislature approved Governor Jerry Brown’s budget. As part of the budget, the Legislature passed SB 836. Included as part of this 96-page budget “trailer bill” are a number of amendments to...more

Changes to the Labor Code of Ukraine concerning probation period (Ukrainian)

On 12 June 2016 Law no. 1367-VIII “On Amendments to the Labor Code of Ukraine (Concerning the Probation Period)” dated 17 May 2016 (the Law) came into force. The Law extended the list of persons to whom the probation...more

Changes to the Labor Code of Ukraine concerning probation period

On 12 June 2016 Law no. 1367-VIII “On Amendments to the Labor Code of Ukraine (Concerning the Probation Period)” dated 17 May 2016 (the Law) came into force. The Law extended the list of persons to whom the probation...more

Latest changes in Romanian employment legislation you need to know about

Despite many proposals and initiatives, mostly by large-scale union organizations, neither 2015, nor the first quarter of 2016 brought major changes in this field. Still, a few recent amendments are worth mentioning, as they...more

Harcèlement moral : la fin de la responsabilité automatique de l’employeur sur le terrain de l’obligation de sécurité de résultat

La Chambre sociale de la Cour de Cassation, par un arrêt rendu le 1er juin 2016 (Cass. soc., 1er juin 2016, n°14-19.702) applique en matière de harcèlement la jurisprudence « Air France » relative à l'obligation de sécurité...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

Ready, Set: Time to Add Ready-Mixed Concrete to “Public Works” Definition

Public works contracts awarded on or after July 1, 2016 will be subject to the more expansive definition of public works added by California Assembly Bill 219 (Daly). For purposes of Article 2 of California’s Labor Code,...more

The organization of the staff representatives’ meetings: the enlightenment of the Decree of 12 April

Law no. 2015-994 of 17 August 2015 relating to social dialogue and employment (the so-called ‘Rebsamen law’) implemented a significant number of measures designed to simplify employer/staff representatives’ relationships, and...more

In NY, What is a “Elevation-Related Hazard?”

Roughly two weeks before annual National Stand-Down Week (May 2-6), New York’s Appellate Division, RebarGridSecond Department, in Vitale v. Astoria Energy II, LLC, affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a worker’s personal...more

Is the new "DUP" resulting from French Rebsamen Law really a simplification?

The so-called "Rebsamen" Law No. 2015-994 of August 17, 2015 amended the rules and the scope of the so-called unified personnel delegation ("DUP"). French Decree No. 2016-345 of March 23, 2016 completed this reform. From a...more

A Typo In Your Paystubs Could Cost You Millions

Imagine being sued by every single one of the employees who worked for you over the past four years because your paystubs have an extra comma in your company’s name. Or because the zip code is missing from your company’s...more

Unions Win Prevailing Wage Challenge Brought By Charter Cities: Next Stop The Supreme Court?

In City Of El Centro v. David Lanier (State Building And Construction Trades Council Of California, AFL-CIO), the 4th appellate district upheld by a 2-1 majority the constitutionality of Labor Code section 1782, which...more

Gimme Shelter: A Safe Harbor Deadline Looms for California Piece-Rate Employers

Piece-rate employers in California have faced a surge of class action lawsuits in recent years seeking substantial sums for the failure to separately pay for rest breaks and nonproductive time. On January 1, 2016, California...more

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