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Brazil Labor & Employment Update

Recently published information shows that Brazil’s economic struggle continues to affect employment. According to information provided by the agency IBGE, the unemployment rate after the first quarter of 2016 was 11.2%, with...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 2nd Quarter 2016

Stock Market Commentary - The markets endured much drama in the two weeks leading up to quarter - end as the surprise exit of the U.K. from the European Union rattled investors. Brexit knocked over 5% off of the S&P...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.15.16

A nasty May jobs report and fears about China’s markets have probably done in any plans the Fed had to raise rates in June [though maybe it shouldn’t wait much longer]. Here are the 5 things we should be watching when the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.14.16

The big story of week so far came just a few minutes after the Brief went to [digital] print yesterday, so apologies for the second hand news: Microsoft has agreed to acquire LinkedIn for a staggering $26.2 billion in a move...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.6.16

Some thoughts about why the relatively dismal May employment numbers (just 38k jobs added) isn’t really as bad as it would seem on first glance...more

Lego-Based Workplace Harassment Will NOT Be Tolerated.

You’ve heard of sex-based harassment, race-based harassment, and disability-based harassment. But have you ever heard of Lego-based harassment? Shawn Roy was terminated from his job because he was allegedly creating...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/18/2016

The Minnesota Legislature had a full schedule of committee hearings and floor sessions this week. Some hearings were already scheduled into the evening. Governor Mark Dayton released his supplemental budget recommendation,...more

Illinois Supreme Court “Upgrades” Willful Misconduct Requirements in Unemployment Cases

The longstanding statutory definition of “willful misconduct” that would disqualify an unemployment insurance claimant has been “the deliberate and willful violation of a reasonable rule or policy of the employing unit,...more

Will Peyton Manning Have a Storybook Ending or Will SuperCam Prevail? Tuah the Orangutan picks the Panthers while the...

We are back with our annual Super Bowl prediction post. As noted in prior years, people are increasingly making their predictions based on two indicators: unemployment rates and the whims of Utah zoo animals. They each have...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 4th Quarter 2015

As we enter 2016, we want to thank you for the continued trust and confidence you place in Perkins Coie Trust Company. On the investment front, we anticipate continued stock market volatility this year as diverging global...more

Payments to LLC Members Subject to Unemployment Compensation Tax

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that members of a limited liability company (LLC) are employees of the LLC and are subject to Pennsylvania unemployment tax. The case, King’s Kountry Korner, LLC v. Dep’t of Labor...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills...more

Tips to Reduce Adverse Effects of DOL's New Independent Contractor Status - Employers Must Carefully Select Status with...

Administrator David Weil issued an Administrator's Interpretation (Interpretation) on July 15, 2015, on behalf of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) regarding the appropriate classification of workers as independent...more

Corporate Divorce: Is Unemployment Like Alimony?

In my last article I promised to examine as part of my Corporate Divorce Series whether alimony (though the politically correct term these days is “spousal support”) is like unemployment (I’m pretty sure it is still...more

Brazil: Amid Great Recession, Government Issues Executive Order to Stave Off Unemployment and Reduce Labor Costs

On July 6, 2015, the Brazilian government issued an Executive Order (MP 680/15 and Decree 8.479/15) called Program to Protect the Employment (“PPE”) to slow down the rise of unemployment and the deepening of the recession. ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Still No Budget as Statutory Adjournment Date Nears - As the legislative session ticks toward...more

New Jersey Department of Labor Considering Amending Unemployment Benefits Regulations

The New Jersey Department of Labor is considering a series of amendments to the unemployment benefits regulations to bring the regulations in line with P.L. 2010, c. 37, a law that significantly amended the standards for...more

Marijuana Card Saves Unemployment Benefits, Not Job

In the rapidly evolving interplay between federal and state employment laws, state medical marijuana laws, and employer policies seeking to maintain drug-free workplaces, an appellate court in Michigan has just concluded that...more

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment...more

Lies and Unemployment Compensation Proceedings – You Cannot Get Sued Again

A typical part of a contentious employment termination matter is the inevitable unemployment compensation claim. While a multiplicity of claims may emanate from the ugliness of job separation, the Connecticut courts...more

Governor Christie Vetoes New Jersey Unemployment Discrimination Bill

In somewhat of a surprise move, in the same week that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act, which prohibits employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories early...more

Long-Term Employee Ineligible for UC Benefits for Violating Workplace Conduct Policies

After nearly 21 years of employment, a full-time clerk with Turkey Hill lost her job for engaging in several instances of bad behavior within a short period of time. The employee initially received a verbal counseling from...more

Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed Applicants Reaches New Jersey Governor’s Desk

On June 30, 2014, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill (S1440) that would add unemployed applicants to the growing list of protected classes under New Jersey law. First referenced in the March 2014 issue of the New Jersey...more

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Vaccine for Secular Reasons Entitled to Unemployment, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

In Valent v. Board of Review, A-4980-11T2 (App. Div., June 5, 2014), the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a hospital employee who refused a flu shot for purely secular reasons was still eligible for unemployment...more

What Does the Unemployment Rate Actually Tell Us?

The percentage rate of unemployment, known as the “official unemployment rate,” is the ratio of those who are unemployed compared to those in the civilian labor force. Those in the labor force are defined as persons who were...more

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