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Legislative developments: Tech sector dodges blow and picks up limited win under tax reform bills—for now

by Dentons on

Technology sector startups and other emerging growth companies that typically rely on equity compensation to attract talent should be relieved—for now—by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill (HR 1) passed by the House on November...more

Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

Firing Because She’s TOO Cute? That Just May Be Illegal Too

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My partner Gary Starr returns with this pre-Thanksgiving tale that seems appropriate not for the holiday, but for the headlines of late. Happy Thanksgiving and stay out of trouble....more

New York State Department of Labor Issues Draft Regulations Restricting Call-In Pay Practices

On November 10, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) released draft regulations that would amend the rules for scheduling employees covered by the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and...more

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

by Fisher Phillips on

Today, OSHA posted a press release announcing two week reprieve for employers to submit the 300As (only the 300As this year regardless of size if more than 20 employees) from December 1 to December 15, 2017...more

Sixth Circuit Provides Clarification On Legality Of Draw-On-Commission Policy

Last month, the Sixth Circuit revived a lawsuit brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) alleging that a retailer’s commission policy was unlawful in Stein v. hhgregg, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19908 (6th Cir....more

Overtime Claim Against Chipotle Stayed Until Contempt Motion Is Heard

As previously reported in EmployNews, in December a creative group of plaintiffs’ lawyers filed suit against Chipotle in federal district court in New Jersey. The lawyers contended that despite a Texas federal court’s...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 64 - NLRB Rules against Employee Status for Menard’s Drivers

by Benesch on

A National Labor Relations Judge dismissed an action brought by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) regional director against Menard, Inc. (“Menards”) for misclassifying its independent contractor (“ICs”) drivers in...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Penalties and Interest

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employers that pay wages and other forms of compensation to their employees must comply with federal tax return filing and payment/deposit requirement. Employers that receive services from non-employee contractors and which...more

#MeToo: Revisiting Policies in a Trending Workplace

From Twitter hashtags to news media talking points, #MeToo has come to powerfully symbolize what many have termed a “watershed moment” for modern American culture on the issues of sexual harassment and sex discrimination. And...more

District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Appellant – Time Is On Your Side

We have written previously on this blog about the importance of a timely notice of appeal in the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The issue bears revisiting in the federal courts following the decision by the United States...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 2017

by Burr & Forman on

It seems that almost every day, another high-profile executive, politician or celebrity has now been accused of scandalous sexual harassment directed at subordinate employees. This topic not only increases news ratings, its...more

Nordstrom is the latest large employer sued over their 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The department store business model is selling items at high prices with the heavy end of season discounting. Now if only Nordstrom did the same with their nearly $3 billion 401(k) plan....more

Federal Court Rules in Favor of EEOC in Disability Discrimination Charge against Amsted Rail

Denying Employment Based on Carpal Tunnel Screening Found Unlawful - ST. LOUIS - A federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Nov. 16 in its discrimination charge against...more

California Commissioned Salespersons May Be Entitled to Separate Compensation for Wide Range of Activities in Addition to Rest...

Commissioned salespersons are employed in a variety of industries. While “outside salespeople” are generally exempt from minimum wage and meal and rest break requirements, so-called “inside” salespeople working at a retail...more

OSHA Set to Revise Electronic Reporting Rule

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Several sources have reported that OSHA is moving forward to revise its “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule which, as of now, will require many employers to electronically report data from their 2016...more

Labor Law Update: Will Employers be Thankful for the NLRB’s new General Counsel?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces and interprets the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which ensures the rights of employees to engage in collective bargaining and other union-related activities. During...more

Correctional Officers FEHA Claims are Barred by Res Judicata for Already Adjudicated Workers’ Compensation Cases

The California Court of Appeal recently held that employees’ workers’ compensation decisions barred them from pursuing similar claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) based on the doctrine of res judicata. ...more

The Importance of Harassment Training

In light of recent high-profile sexual harassment scandals, such as those involving Bill O’Reilly and Harvey Weinstein, an increasing number of employers are taking a more critical look at their harassment policies,...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

Oklahoma jury awards transgender employee $1.165 million

by McAfee & Taft on

The courts, the Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hold differing views on whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity....more

Is Your Company Car Exposing Sensitive Data To Hackers?

by Fisher Phillips on

In today’s world, where lots of sensitive data are stored electronically, prudent companies utilize sophisticated computer cyber security systems to prevent the hacking of such data. They likely also require employees to...more

Sales Commission Agreements Can Limit Potential Liability

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A manufacturing company’s sales employee successfully convinces a new customer to purchase a commercial cooler. Under the employee’s sales commission plan, she receives a commission of 2% of the price of the cooler and any...more

An Employer’s Duty To Accommodate Not So-Common Religious Practices

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. An employee has requested that the company give her an accommodation due to a religious practice I have never heard of. Do we have to comply with this request? A. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects...more

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