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Mental Health Disabilities – What to Do?

by Ruder Ware on

We are seeing a growth in disability claims based upon mental health conditions which is very troubling for employers because it is hard to understand whether an employee actually has a mental health condition and it is...more

The DOL Reissues Previously Rescinded Opinion Letters

by Benesch on

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it would no longer issue opinion letters. It also rescinded 17 opinion letters that had been issued under the Bush administration....more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Breweries, Breweries, Everywhere!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It’s not your imagination, breweries really are popping up everywhere. In December of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a “Spotlight on Statistics” for the brewing industry. Titled “Industry on Tap:...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

Littler Global Guide - India - Q4 2017

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Delhi High Court: “Mere Physical Contact” Not Sexual Harassment - On October 31, 2017, the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment in the case of Shanta Kumar v. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)...more

New California Employment Law May Impact Acquired Employees' Compensation In The M&A Context

Effective January 1, 2018, California Labor Code Section 432.3 was amended to, among other things, prohibit any employer – public or private – from "seek[ing]" salary and compensation history from applicants for employment....more

A New Year, A New Wellness Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Year’s resolutions typically address health and well-being. Many among us have resolved this year to get off the couch, to sweat a bit more often to the “oldies,” to meditate and be mindful, and to eat...more

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q4 2017

by Littler on

Strengthening of Company Pension - Only around 60% of employees in Germany have a company pension plan, which they use to provide for retirement in addition to the statutory pension. This is set to change from January 1,...more

Now It’s Pennsylvania’s Turn – Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Increases to Minimum Salary Requirements for State Law Overtime...

As many will recall, the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations in May 2016 that would have increased dramatically the minimum salary requirements for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white-collar” overtime exemptions. ...more

Maryland Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law Set to Take Effect on February 11, 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Absent further action by the Maryland General Assembly, a new sick leave law known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Law”) will take effect in Maryland by February 11, 2018. ...more

Maryland's Healthy Working Families Act Requires Employers in the State to Provide Sick/Safe Leave

by FordHarrison on

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland Legislature overrode Governor Hogan’s 2017 veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”). As a result, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees are now required to provide...more

4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #3 Governmental Enforcement Litigation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Despite the major ideological shift that occurred within American politics in 2017, government-initiated litigation continued to flourish if not increase even after with the election of the pro-business...more

Littler Global Guide - Hungary - Q4 2017

by Littler on

New Law Clarifies Definition of Employee with Decreased Working Abilities - A new amendment of the Hungarian Labour Code defines the term “employee with decreased working abilities” by enumerating four different...more

A New Governor Takes Office: What NJ Employers Can Expect

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Phil Murphy—officially in office just two days—has already begun to implement many of the "progressive" policy changes he promised on the campaign trail and transform New Jersey into the "California of the East."...more

Aziz Ansari, And 10 Old-Fashioned Ways To Bail On A Bad Date

Just say no! Of course, the Aziz Ansari "date debacle" (or whatever it was) was not a workplace harassment situation. First, Mr. Ansari and his anonymous date were not co-workers. Second, Mr. Ansari may have been...more

It’s Here! Veto Override Vote Makes Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act a New Maryland Law

by Baker Donelson on

We previously updated you about the status and provisions of the Maryland Health Working Families Act (the “Act”), which would mandate paid sick and safe leave of up to 40 hours. After much angst and a few political...more

Renaissance Of USDOL Opinion Letters Is An Encouraging Development

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have often blogged about the usefulness of USDOL (or any DOL) Opinion Letters and I have lamented that this procedure was stopped under President Obama. I hailed that the new Secretary of Labor was going back to it. Well,...more

Maryland to Require Paid Sick Leave Following Override of Governor’s Veto

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act over Governor Larry Hogan’s veto. Under the new law, employers with more than 15 full-time employees must provide...more

[Event] Nossaman's 2018 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - February 8th, 9th, 28th, & March 1st - Four California Locations

by Nossaman LLP on

Don't miss this important annual employment law update! Please join us for this complimentary seminar on cutting-edge employment law issues. The 2018 employment landscape is significantly different and this seminar will...more

Harvey Weinstein, Tax Reform, And Nondisclosures - Oh My!

by Roetzel & Andress on

There is no doubt that the movement known as #MeToo has brought workplace sexual harassment to the forefront of conversation and is both a top priority and concern for all employers. One of the many names associated with this...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For December 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

1.In Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, 365 NLRB No. 156 (Dec. 14, 2017), the National Labor Relations Board overruled Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), an Obama-era decision that held two entities are joint...more

And the False Claims Act Makes Three – 3rd Circuit Applies the More Employer-Friendly Title VII Retaliation and ADEA “But-for”...

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

She was a director of marketing for a drug company who had received a performance improvement plan to address issues related to her relationships with co-workers and supervisors. But she had also raised concerns about the...more

Third Circuit Holds that Heightened “But For” Causation is Required for FCA Retaliation Claims

In United States ex rel. DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the anti-retaliation provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) requires a whistleblower to show that the...more

Let's Talk About The HHS "Conscience" Protections For Healthcare Employees

Here's what employers need to know. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Civil Rights announced that they would be enhancing the legal protections for healthcare workers with...more

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