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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

Nonprofit Volunteers: We’ll work for free … unless we get hurt

If your company is a nonprofit or has a nonprofit foundation, are you covered if something happens to your volunteers while they’re engaged in service to your organization? The concern is real. There were 287 fatal...more

DOL Wage and Hour Division to "Clarify" FLSA Independent Contractor Definition

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division expanded its already busy agenda, announcing upcoming guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act’s definition of “independent contractor.” WHD Administrator David Weil, speaking at New York...more

Important Changes Affecting Background Checks Under Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law

The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to narrow the scope of a Pennsylvania law requiring background checks for volunteers who have “direct contact” with...more

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Beginning July 1, 2015 volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the Department of Human Services, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the...more

Weathering The Recent Storms in Texas: How to Compensate Employees for Lost Time

In the wake of Houston’s recent flooding, countless businesses closed their doors, and many individuals are coping with homes in disrepair. Texas employers wondering whether they must pay workers for lost time during...more

“Burt’s Law” Places New and Enhanced Responsibilities on Employees and Volunteers In Facilities Providing Care for Those with...

According to press reports across North Carolina, Burt Powell was a resident of a group home for adults with mental disabilities. His parents placed him in the facility to increase his chances of achieving a more independent...more

Employee Misclassification in the Entertainment Industry

Employee misclassification is one of the leading labor abuses in the country. In fact, in recent years, both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched a misclassification initiative to combat...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2015

In this Issue: - Is a Volunteer an Employee For Discrimination Law Purposes? - Don’t Use “Just Cause” Except In Union Contracts - Are Courts Getting Tough On Disability Claims? - Legal Briefs and...more

When Do Volunteers Become “Employees” Under Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Having this blog for nearly eight years, it’s fair to say that I’ve covered quite a few topics. But every once in a while, a never-before-discussed issue makes it way to the forefront. Today is one of those days....more

PLRB Issues Controversial Ruling on Volunteer Fire Companies

Recently, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) issued a Final Order indicating that members of a volunteer fire company which provided coverage to a local borough were actually Borough employees.   In doing so...more

Volunteer Directors and Officers Liable to Facility Creditors

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court’s jury verdict finding the individual board members and officers of a non-profit healthcare facility personally liable to the facility’s creditors. The board...more

Captain Obvious Issues Most Obvious FLSA Decision of 2015 (So Far...)

It happens every year: I read a decision from a federal judge about the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and shake my head that it actually took litigation to resolve such an obvious question. It is only March, but 2015...more

Legislation Passed Relating to Full-Time Employees under Affordable Care Act

The House passed the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 30), which would redefine full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 30 hours to 40 hours per week for purposes of the employer mandate, thereby...more

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