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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

Deportation and Employment Enforcement Likely to Increase with Nomination of New Director for ICE

Worksite immigration enforcement is likely to increase dramatically in the near future, and employers should make a thorough review of their hiring and employment practices to ensure they are compliant with federal laws and...more

The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to...more

Employers Can Expect New Problems When Recreational Marijuana Hits New Jersey

by FordHarrison on

A cornerstone of Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s campaign platform was the decriminalization of marijuana in New Jersey. The proposed bill most likely to become law with the new administration comes as employers are just getting...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Communication Skills

by Thomas Fox on

In the episode, I consider two different issues around communication skills. The first is communicating across cultural boundaries. The second is the technique of asking questions to boost leadership. One of the things most...more

New Requirements For City Contractors and Subs Under Philadelphia’s Whistleblower Law

by Reed Smith on

On November 13, 2017, Mayor Kenney signed an Executive Order providing additional protections for whistleblowers, as well as specific requirements for city agencies, contractor, and subcontractors in addressing complaints,...more

Reports: New OFCCP Director Appointed

According to multiple sources, on November 13, 2017, Craig E. Leen, was appointed the new Director of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”). Mr. Leen has been the City Attorney for Coral Gables,...more

House of Representatives Passes Legislation Limiting Joint-Employer Liability and Reversing Browning-Ferris

by Benesch on

On November 7, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), that greatly expanded joint...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could have Far-reaching Effects on Higher Education

by K&L Gates LLP on

The House of Representatives and the Senate are on a fast track to pass sweeping tax reform legislation that would have widespread implications for colleges and universities, their employees, and their donors. As part...more

Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Would Send Executive Compensation Back to the Stone Age

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as initially proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2017, includes provisions that would dramatically impact many common incentive and deferred compensation programs, including...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor: Issue 7 Fall 2017

Ogletree Deakins’ Traditional Labor Relations Practice Group is pleased to announce the publication of the fall 2017 issue of the Practical NLRB Advisor. This issue considers how the confirmation of management-side attorney...more

Tax Reform Proposal Nixes Favorable Tax Treatment of Several Employee Benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On November 3, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brody began the legislative consideration of Tax Reform by releasing an amendment (in the nature of a substitute) to the Tax Reform and Jobs Act (H.R. 1 hereinafter...more

New York State to Address Employee Scheduling

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City’s Fair Workweek Law takes effect on November 26, 2017, thereby limiting the scheduling options and reducing the flexibility of retail and fast food employers. Not to be outdone, New York State is about to add...more

Could Labor Law Waivers Foster Legislative Change And Spur The Gig Economy?

by Fisher Phillips on

It is no secret that labor laws have been unable to keep pace with the changing economy. Recently, however, it appears the effort to spur change has been resuscitated, as proposals come in from the left (former SIEU head...more

Disabled Access: A Chance to Fix Your Premises Before Being Sued?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

New legislation seeks to level the playing field for businesses that have been targeted by “drive-by” claims alleging discrimination by customers with disabilities who may have never even gone to visit the place of public...more

Albany County, New York Passes Salary History Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In line with a wave of salary history bans going into effect across the country, Albany County, New York just passed its own salary history ban. ...more

Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

by Littler on

As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, employers look ahead to the next wave of labor and employment regulations. On January 1, 2018, and throughout the coming year, employers across the nation will confront a host of...more

House Passes Bill Limiting Joint-Employer Liability

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 3441—the Save Local Business Act—which, if enacted, would redefine the term "joint employer" under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards...more

Passage of the Save Local Businesses Act in the House May Signal a Broader Rejection of Obama-Era Rules On Joint Employment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Save Local Businesses Act. If passed by the Senate, the bill would overturn Obama-era decisions and agency guidance broadly defining and...more

Montgomery County Council Approves Increase In Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

On November 7, 2017, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill to increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 for employers with more than 50 employees (the “Bill”). Mid-size businesses, with 11...more

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