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The Word On The Street On What 401(k) Plan Sponsors May Need

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The greatest thing about the Internet is the distribution of information that people used to have to rely on an Encyclopedia or other reference materials to find out information on a specific topic. This is so true of...more

Multiple Artificial Intelligence Bills Introduced in House and Senate

Over the last two months, the United States legislature has introduced three new bills intended to establish a Federal Advisory Committee on the rapidly-evolving field of artificial intelligence (AI) and to analyze and report...more

New Bill Would Expand Workplace Anti-Harassment Training

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The 2018 session of the General Assembly started last week and increasing workplace training is a top priority for passage. Indeed, it is not surprising that we’re starting to see the first proposed legislation to address...more

Employment Alert - February 2018

by Dentons on

Harassment and suffering at work - Through recent case law, the French Supreme Court recalled to employers their obligations in a situation of harassment or sufferance....more

Mass Shootings Demand “Stop the Bleed” Training for Workplaces.

by Fisher Phillips on

There is no easy solution to preventing and responding to mass shootings. We should debate legal changes and provide regular employee training and drills, such as Run-Hide-Flight. However, we need to take IMMEDIATE concrete...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards Former UCLA Oncologist $13 Million In Gender Discrimination Case

On Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018, a downtown Los Angeles jury awarded Dr. Lauren Pinter-Brown, a former UCLA oncologist, $13 million in a gender discrimination case. Pinter-Brown alleged that she was forced to take another job after...more

Grubhub Wins First Independent Contractor Misclassification Trial in the Gig Economy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Independent contractor misclassification claims have been percolating through the courts for years. Some were swept away by a wave of federal preemption, which has subsided. Others found their way to the summary judgment...more

Can OSHA Look Back Farther than 5 Years for Repeat Citations? Recent Court Decision Reaffirms that there Is No Limitation on...

by Fisher Phillips on

Until 2015, it was the practice of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to look back only three years to establish “repeat” violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In 2015, OSHA...more

Firefighter loses lawsuit over confidentiality provisions of ADA

by McAfee & Taft on

In an opinion handed down on February 7, 2018, the federal court of appeals that applies to Oklahoma ruled in favor of an employer in a lawsuit over the confidentiality provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

First State Charges Broker-Dealer in Connection with Violations of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 15, 2018, the Enforcement Section of the Massachusetts Securities Division (the “Division”) of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth charged a registered broker-dealer (the “Broker-Dealer”) that operated...more

Did You Know There Is a Supplement to the ‘EEO Is the Law’ Poster for Federal Contractors? Here’s Where to Find It

In addition to posting the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster, federal contractors and subcontractors that enter into new or modified federal contracts on or after January 11, 2016, must also post the EEO is the...more

Can Your Business be Liable for an Employee’s Intentional Data Leak?

by Revision Legal on

Many businesses are acutely aware of the dangers of a data leak that can result from the breaching of networks, computer hacks, malware, and computer espionage. These cyber threats are external threats, but businesses must...more

Labor law. Major Russian legislation changes for 2017

by Dentons on

We would like to present the overview of the most important legislation changes in labor law for 2017. 1. Federal Law No. 125-FZ on Amendments to the Russian Federation Labor Code dated June 18, 2017 (“Law No. 125-FZ”)...more

Medical Marijuana Goes On Sale at Pennsylvania Dispensaries This Week

As you may recall, we wrote late last month that Pennsylvania’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary opened in the Lehigh Valley and expected to have products for sale by February or March of 2018. In the following...more

The effects of cannabis legalization on the workplace

by Dentons on

As of July 2018, recreational use of cannabis will be legal in Canada. According to data from other jurisdictions that have already adopted similar legislation, the legalization of cannabis could lead to an increase in the...more

[Webinar] 2017 Tax Act Update: Most Impactful Tax Reform for Plan Sponsors in Decades - March 1st, 10:00am PT

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, the 1,100-page tax bill was signed into law. The bill promises to bring about the most impactful tax reform that plan sponsors and their advisors have seen in decades. Join Davis Wright Tremaine...more

New York Court Blocks DACA Demise

On February 13, 2018, a U.S. district court in New York issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Donald...more

Bargaining Levers – A Legal Pendulum

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Within eight days of each other Bill Shorten and ACTU head, Sally McManus, have called for changes to the enterprise bargaining regime which is a central feature of Labor’s own Fair Work Act. Whilst we will no doubt hear more...more

New DOL Rule on Disability Claims Procedures: Employer Action Required

The U.S. Department of Labor announced earlier this year that the effective date for employee benefit plans to comply with its new final rule on disability claims procedures is April 1, 2018. The rule applies to claims for...more

S.D.N.Y Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Action

On February 5, 2018, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Defendant Khan Funds Management America, Inc.’s Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a whistleblower retaliation claim under Dodd-Frank on the...more

Is the New Employer Tax Credit for You?

by FordHarrison on

Under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), businesses are entitled to a general business credit which is made up of several component credits, including the Work Opportunity Credit, the Indian...more

Investigators Beware: NLRB Case Reminds Employers Not To Require Confidentiality

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The headlines seem to be filled with stories of workplace harassment. Employers are feeling pressure to respond quickly and appropriately to complaints of harassment. How that is done is important as the investigation can...more

“Avoid Groundhog Day – Get An Emergency Response Plan In Place!”

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. Given the likely bad weather, these six weeks of “down time” are the perfect opportunity for construction professionals to develop,...more

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries were reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. ...more

Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole: Worker Classification in the Gig Economy

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a significant decision on the status of so-called "gig economy" workers, a California federal judge recently ruled that a former GrubHub Inc. delivery driver was an independent contractor, not an employee....more

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