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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

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

Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

A “Smokey” Legal Issue for 2018 – Medical/Recreational Marijuana In the “Workplace”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, there are many states, and a few cities, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana – creating challenges for employers, as these laws “sprout up” (pun...more

Proposed tax legislation affecting private equity

by Dentons on

As you may be aware, on November 2 the House of Representatives introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill that could affect private equity sponsors, investors and portfolio companies. On November 9, the Senate Finance...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Significantly Restrict the Use and Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements

On November 9, 2017, the New Jersey Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518, which would drastically limit an employer’s ability to enter into, and subsequently enforce, restrictive covenants (or “non-compete” agreements) with...more

House and Senate Legislators Take Significant Steps Toward Tax Reform

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, House and Senate legislators took significant steps towards achieving the most extensive tax reform in over a decade, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by the House of...more

New York Mayor Expands Paid Sick Leave Law: Employers Required to Provide Paid ‘Safe Leave’ for Abuse Victims

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the “Earned Safe and Sick Time Act” into law. The new law, which will take effect on May 5, 2018, expands the purposes for which employees may use sick leave,...more

New Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster Available

by Fisher Phillips on

Under legislation recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, beginning January 1, 2018, all California employers are required to display a workplace poster related to transgender rights. The legislation, Senate Bill 396,...more

Tax Reform And Accumulated Leave (Aka “Special Pay”) Plans

by Carlton Fields on

Provisions in the current proposed Senate tax reform bill would likely reduce the effectiveness of retirement plan arrangements that regularly receive contributions of unused leave for former employees, commonly known as...more

Preparing for Tax Reform: The Current State of Play on Proposed Changes to Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the bill following the Thanksgiving break, which would require a...more

Reconciling the Differences, the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” and on November 14, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released a Description of the Chairman’s...more

Salary-Threshold Autopilot Still Possible

by Fisher Phillips on

A BloombergBNA report suggests that the U.S. Department of Labor is seriously considering retaining the Obama Administration's procedure (or something like it) for automatic "updates" to the compensation thresholds specified...more

Nate Smithson Provides an Update on Tax Reform

by Jackson Walker on

Jackson Walker partner Nate Smithson has prepared an updated guide to tax reform which reflects the senate’s newly-proposed tax bill. The guide covers tax brackets, deductions, capital gains, and other relevant topics in tax...more

House Finance Committee Approves Legislation to Repeal Dodd-Frank Act Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

The House Financial Services Committee took a first step toward repeal of the mine safety disclosure requirements on November 15, 2017, with its approval of H.R. 4289. This bill proposes to eliminate the requirement...more

Beltway Buzz - November, 2017 #3

Tax Bill or Health Bill? It’s Two Bills in One! Caught in a legislative black hole, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) cannot escape efforts to eradicate it—or at least large chunks of it. ...more

Senate Confirms Trump Selection For MSHA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: President Trump’s selection for Administrator at MSHA has been confirmed this week by the Senate. In a 52-46 vote, David G. Zatezalo, of West Virginia, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week, on...more

Employment Law This Week®: New York Employee Scheduling Regulations, NLRB General Counsel Confirmed, Decrease in EEOC Charge...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Zatezalo Confirmed As The Assistant Secretary Of Labor For The Mine Safety And Health Administration

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On November 15th, 2017, David Zatezalo was confirmed as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Senate voted 52 for and 46 against to confirm Mr. Zatezalo, as the vote went...more

Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban

Bucking the nationwide trend, Illinois was unable to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. On November 9, 2017, the Illinois Senate failed to override Governor Rauner’s veto...more

Too Good To Be True – Senate Tax Reform Bill No Longer Includes Gig Economy Shield

by Fisher Phillips on

Bad news out of Washington, D.C. late yesterday. Chris Opfer of Bloomberg BNA reports that the current version of the Senate tax reform bill, released yesterday, no longer includes the protection that had initially been...more

Maine’s Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Commercial Sales of Marijuana

On November 3, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he had vetoed a bill sent to his desk with tepid support that would have taxed and regulated the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. The veto prolongs a...more

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...more

PA Bill Would Ban Nondisclosure Agreements for Sexual Misconduct

In response to a surge of sexual misconduct allegations throughout the country, Democratic state senators in Pennsylvania on Wednesday announced legislation that would ban agreements that hide the identity of persons accused...more

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