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Employment Law This Week®: Workplace Harassment Review in Federal Courts, DOL Opinion Letters, NLRB Nomination, ICE Raids

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

Management-Side Attorney John Ring Selected For Seat On Labor Board

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald Trump has nominated John Ring, a Washington, D.C.-based management-side labor and employment lawyer, to fill the vacant seat on the five-member National Labor Relations Board. If confirmed, Ring would replace...more

Challenges Of Investigating Harassment Claims In The #Metoo Era

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I don’t know Aziz Ansari and I can’t purport to know what happened in his apartment on the night of the first date that has headlined the news this week. But, after 17 years as a labor & employment attorney, with a specialty...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

What’s In a “Wage”? Ninth Circuit Seeks Clarification from California Supreme Court

California has some of the most employee-friendly laws in the country, many of which turn on whether the allegedly wronged employee is seeking to recover “wages” due. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently asked the...more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Unpaid Interns

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The United States Department of Labor (the “USDOL”) has revised its Fact Sheet #71 guidance on unpaid internship programs at “for-profit” businesses (the “Guidance”). That Guidance is consistent with rulings by a majority of...more

Baby, It's Cold Outside

by Baker Donelson on

Baby, It's Cold Outside – a 1944 duet covered by Dean Martin, Doris Day, and others – is a classic you have likely heard in the past few weeks. The exchange between male and female singers tracks a conversation in which he...more

OSHA Civil Penalties On the Rise Again

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As of January 2, 2018, civil penalties for workplace safety and health violations issued by federal OSHA increased again by 2% across the board. Although a 2% increase does not shock the system, this increase is part of a...more

Trial Court Properly Denied Attorneys’ Fees To Plaintiff Who Proved His Termination Was Substantially Motivated By His...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Bustos v. Global P.E.T., Inc., (E065869, Cal. Ct. App. January 16, 2018), Plaintiff William Bustos and a number of his co-workers were terminated by Global in an economic layoff. Bustos sued Global alleging his...more

Government Contractor Shutdown Advisory

by Blank Rome LLP on

With yet another government shutdown looming, contractors face a number of uncertainties and challenges that warrant close attention—regardless of whether a shutdown takes place or how long it lasts. Among other challenges,...more

California Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants About Salary History

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

California is on a roll with new employment-related laws effective January 1, 2018. The latest relates to salary history disclosures by job applicants. There is essentially a complete prohibition on an employer, either orally...more

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water: PA Takes Charge—Raising White Collar Exemption Salary Threshold

by Blank Rome LLP on

Proclaiming it an effort to strengthen the middle class in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf announced this week a proposal to modernize the Commonwealth’s outdated overtime rules to increase pay for nearly a half million...more

Three Pay Equity Trends to Watch in 2018

by Baker Donelson on

Closing the pay gap between men and women is not only a target in the EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan, it is also a priority for state legislators. Indeed, 2017 ended with a rise in state pay disparity legislation that...more

A Plan Sponsor’s Guide To Selecting Retirement Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Since I was about nine and saw it on HBO, one of my favorite movies has been Caddyshack. I loved Caddyshack years before I even liked golf and years before I was mature enough to get all the jokes. One of my favorite scenes...more

Maryland Becomes Ninth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

by Morgan Lewis on

The Healthy Working Families Act requires certain Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. Maryland became the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia, to enact paid sick leave...more

CEO Does Not Get Whistle Blower Protections for His Opinions

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In order to get whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, whistleblowers have to subjectively believe that fraud was occurring, their belief has to be reasonable, and they have to make a report to the...more

Pennsylvania Overtime Rules Will Be in Flux

by Cozen O'Connor on

Remember all the confusion and upheaval when the Obama administration proposed sweeping changes to the salary thresholds for exemption from overtime pay until a federal court shot down the effort on the eve of its effective...more

Mexico’s Unit of Measure and Update (“UMA”), new values to Increase on February 1, 2018

On January 10, 2018, Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography issued in the Official Gazette of the Federation the daily, monthly, and annual value of the Unit of Measure and Update (UMA) that will become...more

Term contracts: What you need to know

by Dentons on

A recent decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has opened the door to employees on maximum term contracts bringing unfair dismissal claims by overturning the principle that the expiry of a term contract...more

New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures Become Effective April 1, 2018

by Williams Mullen on

The Department of Labor announced earlier this month that regulations on claims and appeals for employer-provided disability benefits will go into effect on April 1, 2018. The announcement comes following a delay in the...more

Iceland’s Pay Equity Law: The Start of a New Approach?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Iceland has been touting gender pay equity legislation as a short-term goal since early last year. So it is no surprise that the country’s new law — which mandates pay equity for males and females – went into effect a few...more

DOL Adopts More Flexible Test for Classifying Interns

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its adoption of a new test on January 5, 2018, for determining whether interns are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In recent years, many for-profit employers...more

9 Top Trade Secrets You Need to Protect Now

by Revision Legal on

In practice, a trade secret can be pretty much anything. The federal Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S. Code § 1839(3), defines a “trade secret” as...more

Nemo Est Supra Leges

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

This past week’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement nationwide I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Audit of 7-Eleven stores reminds us that no one is above the law. In the early morning hours of January 10, 2018,...more

Not Your Grandad’s Facebook? Targeted Social Media Ads Spur Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Can you target advertisements to a group based on age? The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and several individuals think not and filed suit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group. The...more

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