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One Size Fits All? The Case for Unified Employment Policies for Multi-State Employers

One of the questions clients frequently pose to me is how to make employment policies uniform across the different states where their employees work. Now it seems to me that this is a most appropriate question in this day...more

Obama Board Reaffirms Successor’s Right to Set Initial Terms of Employment when Taking Over Unionized Operation

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a refreshingly employer-friendly decision which allowed a successor company to implement new pay terms without having to first bargain with the labor union. ...more

The National Living Wage – Will it cause a “catastrophic collapse”?

The National Living Wage comes into force in April 2016. This morning, the government announced it is doubling the penalties for minimum wage violators. In this blog, we take a closer look at how the National Living Wage...more

Why Did Uber Lose In Court Today? And How It Can Still Avoid Future Misclassification Liability

Today was not a good day for Uber. It suffered its second setback from the federal district court judge hearing the independent contractor misclassification class action case brought by Uber drivers against the giant...more

New Exception to the Illinois Minimum Wage Law

The Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL) generally provides that non-exempt employees must be paid one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. However, on July 10, 2015, Governor...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

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

Comment Period Will Not Be Extended

There will be no extension of the original 60-day period for commenting on the U.S. Labor Department's proposals and requests relating to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) exemptions. U.S. Wage and Hour...more

Divided NLRB Adopts New Standard for Determining "Joint Employer" Status

In what is widely viewed as yet another victory for organized labor at the National Labor Relations Board ("Board"), last week the Board issued a decision lowering the bar for determining when two or more employers may be...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

Board’s Decision Revises Joint-Employer Status Test

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) issued a split decision (3-2) that drastically changes the test for determining whether an entity is considered a “joint employer” for purposes of collective...more

Franchisors Could Be “Joint Employers” Under NLRB’s Newly Expanded Test

Overturning over 30 years of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on August 27, 2015, “refined” its test for determining whether two separate and independent business entities are a “joint employer” of the...more

Creed and Association: Breach of Human Rights Leads to Harsh Penalties

The decision in H.T. v ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs (“Country Herbs”) 2015 HRTO 1067 (CanLII) (“Country Herbs”) serves as a reminder to employers of the significant liability that they face when a claim of...more

NLRB Expands “Joint Employer” Definition

In a pivotal decision on August 27, the National Labor Relations Board “refined” its test for determining joint-employer status, broadening the scope of employers subject to joint collective bargaining and concerted activity...more

Red Flags for Homebuilders Related to DOL's Latest Guidance on Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” (AI 2015-1) providing guidance on whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

California Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in Legislature

A controversial bill to increase California’s minimum wage has failed to pass in the state legislature. The bill would have phased in a $3.00 per hour increase to the minimum wage rate and also would have imposed annual cost...more

NLRB’s Expanded “Joint Employers” Test: The Employers’ Perspective

The decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week in BFI Newby Island Recyclery expands the circumstances in which two otherwise separate and independent employers may be found to be joint employers of a...more

Eighth Circuit Concludes That $24 Million Wage Payment Judgments Have No Meat

It is not every day that multi-million wage and hour class action judgments get reversed. But that is exactly what happened twice late last week in the Eighth Circuit in two cases against the same employer involving similar...more

Life After Browning-Ferris: What Employers Need to Know Under the New Joint Employer Regime

Many employers have rested long and easy in the knowledge that the National Labor Relations Board would not consider them to be joint employers with entities such as franchisees, staffing agencies, and contractors unless they...more

NLRB: When the Law is Not the Law – A Huge Change in Business Relationships

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a 3-2 decision last Thursday gutted more than 30 years of legal precedent when it changed the joint employer standard in business relationships in a case involving Browning-Ferris...more

DOL Won’t Extend 60-Day Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to “White Collar” Exemptions

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division chief David Weil reportedly told Congress yesterday that the agency won’t extend the 60-day public comment period for its proposed revisions to the FLSA’s “white collar”...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #5

That infamous Ashley Madison data became searchable last week. Spouses, friends, and employers can now search the data to see if they know anyone who registered with the site. This development caused some to wonder if an...more

It’s Back To The Future with the NLRB’s new “Joint Employer” standard

On August 27, 2015, the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California (Browning-Ferris) and, not surprisingly, returned employers to a pre-1984...more

Appeals Court Upholds DOL Changes to Home Care Worker Exemption

In a major defeat for the home health care industry, on August 21, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision that had blocked issuance of an interpretation making thousands of currently exempt workers...more

All Together Now: NLRB Expands the Joint-Employer Standard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision yesterday in a long-litigated case that further defined how two entities could be considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The...more

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