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The EEOC's Focus on Equal Pay and the Health Care Industry Finally Comes to a Crossroad

Earlier this year, acting EEOC chair Victoria Lipnic made clear that the agency would continue its focus on equal pay cases, calling them a main "priority." Lipnic has voiced her concern regarding the "occupational...more

Uncompensated "Off-the-Clock" Work Time Nets Call Center Nurses a $6.2 Million Settlement

Late last year, more than 1,300 "advice nurses" working at call-in centers providing answers to patient health care questions for Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medical Group filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

A Wage and Hour Pitfall: Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees Can Lead to Trouble

Most employers today recognize that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that they pay non-exempt employees an overtime premium for working more than 40 hours in any given workweek. What most employers do not...more

Fifth Circuit Agrees To Fast-Track DOL's Overtime Appeal

Late last month, we brought you breaking news that a federal court in Texas had granted a preliminary nationwide injunction blocking the enforcement of the Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Rule. The December 1, 2016...more

Workplace Violence in the Health Care Setting – Is Your Organization Prepared? [Video]

Workplace violence is more common than you may think – is your health care facility prepared? Recently, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated guidelines for workplace violence as it relates...more

Federal Contractors Must Comply with OFCCP's Revised Sex Discrimination Guidelines or Face Possible Debarment - Effective August...

Earlier this year, the OFCCP published a Final Rule revising its Sex Discrimination Guidelines which prohibits discrimination by government contractors on the basis of sex. The new Rule requires federal contractors to...more

OSHA Postpones Its New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule in the Face of Scrutiny and a New Lawsuit

Over the past few months, we have published articles related to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) publication of amendments related to its workplace injury and illness...more

OSHA's Policy Mandates for ALL Employers Require Compliance by August 10, 2016

Last month, we published an article explaining the amendments to the recordkeeping requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding new mandatory electronic...more

EEOC Outlines Its Proposal to Collect Pay Data from Employers

Fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making pay discrimination illegal, equal pay in the workplace is clearly a hot topic on the minds of our state and...more

The Final Overtime Rule – Is It Really That Simple?

In This Presentation: •How Did We Get Here? •The Overtime Rule: Four Changes You Must Know •Misunderstandings About the Final Rule •Opposition to the Final Rule •Seven Steps Employers Should Take Now Please...more

NLRB Slams Hospital for Maintaining Work Rules Prohibiting Employees From Engaging in "Improper Conduct"

Over the past several years, employers have been bombarded with news about the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its ever expanding control over employers’ internal workplace policies. In fact, just a few years ago,...more

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule Doubling the Salary Exemption Threshold

Recently, and as we predicted in an article published last month (“Approval of the DOL’s Changed to the Overtime Exemption Rules is Imminent”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it will be publicizing its...more

OSHA Publishes New Electronic Reporting Requirement for Workplace Injuries To "Nudge" Employers to Prevent Such Incidents

In November 2013, in response to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report than an estimated three millions workers were injured on the job in 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration...more

Approval of the DOL's Changes to the Overtime Exemption Rules Is Imminent

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rules to increase the salary level for employees exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rules sought to increase the salary level...more

WEBINAR: Protecting Your Patients, Workforce and Visitors from Workplace Violence and Active Shooters

The Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute presented this webinar on key considerations for health care facilities in protecting patients, workers and visitors from workplace violence and active shooter situations....more

Not Just A Union Issue: NLRB Decision Changing the Test For Joint Employer Status Affects Non-Union Employers, Too

As the National Labor Relations Board (the "Board"), traditionally the arbiter of all issues involving labor and unions, continues to broaden its reach into the world of non-union employers, it has begun to dismantle...more

Construction Industry Listed as a Top Priority for Misclassification Audits

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its 2015 Misclassification Initiative aimed at combatting misclassification of employees as independent contractors. At the top of its target list? Employers in...more

OSHA Stepping Up Scrutiny of Hospitals and Inpatient Health Care Facilities

On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Memorandum to its Compliance Officers expanding its enforcement policy regarding workplace hazards facing employees in the health care...more

The Sick and Safe Leave Trend Spreads to Montgomery County (And the State of Maryland is Not Far Behind)

On June 23, 2015, the Montgomery County, Maryland Council passed the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act requiring all private employers, including both taxable and tax-exempt entities, in the County to provide employees with sick...more

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