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Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Addresses Distinction Between Employees Covered Under the Act and Volunteers

In Huff v. Regional Transportation Program the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division affirmed a decision finding that an individual was not an employee but, rather, a volunteer. The individual was a driver for a...more

‘Tis The Season For Public Sector Employers And Volunteers: What’s The Give And Take?

During the holiday season, people’s thoughts turn to performing charitable acts and giving back to their communities. For public sector employers, now is the time when volunteers become plentiful. However, public sector...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19496 - Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities v. Echo Hose Ambulance - The issue of this case was whether or not an unpaid volunteer, in this case for an ambulance...more

Unpaid Volunteers Are Not “Employees”, Says Court

The CHRO is no stranger to taking aggressive positions in the court system. So, it can really be no surprise that the agency wanted to expand who is covered by the state’s anti-discrimination laws....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #5

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Last week, several blogs discussed what employers can do to limit the effect of the game on the workplace. HR Morning advised looking at information technology and social media...more

Get Connected: 4 Ways to Find the Perfect Organization

Are you looking for a great way to give back to the community? With busy careers and personal lives, it may be overwhelming to think about adding one more item to your to-do list, but getting involved can benefit you in many...more

Volunteers: Can They Really Help Fix Your Issues With New Overtime Rules?

Over the weekend, I finished planning for our June 7th webinar on the new overtime rules. In digging deeper into the materials produced by the Department of Labor on the final rule, I looked at the use of volunteers as a...more

Amendments to FEHA Regulations Effective April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations will become effective. While the amendments bring the regulations into compliance with various recent statutory changes and case...more

This Is Not a Prank: California’s New Amended FEHA Regulations Are Effective April 1

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) prohibits harassment and discrimination in the workplace that is based on one or more of the categories commonly protected by local, state and federal discrimination laws....more

Canadian Employment News Series: Ontario Court of Appeal ruling: employee who signed a waiver can still sue employer

On January 26, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Fleming v Massey.1 The case involves an employee who has sued his employer and others for damages after he was injured volunteering at a go-kart event....more

A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

4 Reasons Why Companies Can Ask Exempt Employees to Work for 'Free'

The leaked Urban Outfitters memo asking salaried employees to volunteer one or more weekend shifts at an Urban Outfitters fulfillment center to pick, pack and ship merchandise is really no story at all, despite Internet...more

Volunteers at For-Profit Companies: Bad Idea Even if for a Good Cause

Fall is upon us and the holiday season will soon follow. Along with the joy of this special season often comes requests from civic groups to partner with for-profit companies for fundraising or other charitable purposes. For...more

New York Employment Law Roundup: July, August, & September 2015

Today’s New York employment law landscape is increasingly dynamic, with a constant stream of newly issued legislation and judicial opinions. To keep our readers current on the latest events, we share regular summaries of...more

All Over But the Penning: the California Legislature Completes its Work for 2015

The California Legislature adjourned its 2015 regular session early last Saturday morning.  It is now up to Governor Brown to sign or veto the last of the Legislature’s 2015 work product.  He has until Sunday, October 11, to...more

Hospitality Industry Targeted in Proposed White Collar Overtime Regulations

In a March 13, 2014, memorandum, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to "modify," "streamline" and "simplify" the federal regulations regarding exemptions to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards...more

Practice Spotlight: Top 10 Questions Employers Have About the Newly Proposed Overtime Regulations

Employers across the country are trying to get their arms around the implications of the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime regulations. These proposed changes, which were published on June 30, 2015,...more

Commonwealth Court Expands the Scope of Good Samaritan Amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Act

In 2003, the Pennsylvania General Assembly amended Section 601 of the Workers’ Compensation Act to expand the definition of the word “employee” to include employees who, while in the course and scope of their employment,...more

MLB FanFest Volunteers Strike Out at Second Circuit Under FLSA’s Seasonal Amusement or Recreational Establishment Exemption.

Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in Chen v. Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., et al., holding that FanFest—a five-day interactive baseball theme park organized in conjunction with Major...more

Yelp Reviewers Are Not “Employees”

In a world where the lines between employees and volunteers/interns are becoming increasingly blurred, it is nice to see at least one court easily dispense with a wage and hour lawsuit. On August 13, 2015, a federal judge...more

Changes to Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act Expand Liability Protection, Authorize New Election Procedures, Ease Voting...

As you may have heard, Michigan recently enacted significant amendments to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act (the "Act"). The following is a brief overview of some of the more significant of the changes effected by the...more

Amendments Clarify Employers’ Background Check Obligations Under Pennsylvania Law

On July 1, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 15 (House Bill 1276), which amends Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to clarify the requirements of employers and volunteer-based organizations to...more

New Oregon Laws: Criminal Background Checks and State Retirement Savings Plan - “Ban the Box” and Oregon Retirement Savings Plan...

Two new Oregon laws establish policies regarding employer criminal background checks and questions for applicants and a state-run retirement savings plan. In part, Enrolled House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) bans the practice by some...more

Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Significant Amendments to Act 153 Clearance Requirements

The concerns of volunteer-based organizations and employers have reached the ears of state legislators. On July 1, 2015, the Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 15. Act 15 amends the Child Protective Services Law (the “Law”)...more

Summer Storms and the FLSA: Paying Employees When Inclement Weather Shuts You Down

As we head into the waning days of June, strong storms and persistent flooding have been all over the news lately. Near me, storms earlier this week demolished homes and businesses, dropped a communications tower on a fire...more

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