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New York City Will Require Employers to Grant Temporary Schedule Changes

The New York City Council recently passed a bill that will require employers to grant two temporary schedule changes per calendar year to employees for qualifying “personal events.” The law will take effect on July 18, 2018...more

Plan Sponsors Need To Fix Their Plan Errors Now!

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For most of us, when we don’t feel well, we go to the doctor. We don’t wait until things get worse, we take care of things because there may be symptoms of a disease or illness that could cause greater harm to our health if...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Dominican Republic

1 .What role does the government of the Dominican Republic play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Dominican Republic offers outstanding advantages to foreign and national investors. The...more

6th Circuit: Transgender Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a funeral home engaged in sex discrimination, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, when it fired a transgender employee for expressing her intent to...more

Workwise Newsletter: 26 (Months) is the New 24: No "Hard Cap" on Reasonable Notice Periods

by Field Law on

What is the maximum amount of notice that an employee is entitled to upon termination? In Dussault v Imperial Oil Limited, 2018 ONSC 1168, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice confirmed there is no cap on the length of...more

2018 Omnibus Funding Bill Keeps Government Open, Minus the Critical Joint-Employer Rider

On March 23, 2018, the last day before a potential government shutdown, Congress passed and the president is expected to sign a massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through fiscal year...more

Washington State “Bans the Box”

by Fisher Phillips on

Washington has joined a growing list of states and cities to restrict criminal history inquiries in the hiring process with adoption of the Washington Fair Chance Act (2SHB 1298), signed into law on March 13, 2018. Beginning...more

EEOC Sues the Guidance Charter School For Pay Discrimination

Palmdale School Failed to Pay Female and Male Tutors Equally, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - The Guidance Charter School, a Palmdale, Calif.-based charter school and non-profit organization, violated federal law...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Effective on April 1, 2018: Be Prepared

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the Act), signed into law on July 27, 2017, becomes effective on April 1, 2018. • The Act expressly forbids discrimination against employees due to pregnancy or...more

Washington Bars Sexual Harassment Nondisclosure Agreements

by Fisher Phillips on

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, Washington employers will soon need to comply with two new laws aimed at preventing sexual harassment and assault in the workplace while encouraging open...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Spending Bill Leaves Unanswered Questions on Immigration, Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Visas, and...

Proposed Budget Leaves Much Unanswered on Immigration - Congress released a proposed omnibus budget on Wednesday that addresses certain immigration issues but leaves many of the most important issues unaddressed. What...more

Marijuana in the Workplace: What Maryland Employers Should Know

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In light of recent legislation passed in Maryland, employers now face the question of whether or not to amend their existing drug enforcement policies to reflect medical marijuana users in the workplace. Although under...more

Changes to Limitation Periods on Sexual and Domestic Violence Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In the growing wake of the #MeToo movement, the Alberta government, consistent with other jurisdictions in Canada, has removed the traditional two-year limitation period applicable to sexual or domestic violence cases....more

Equal Pay For Equal Work: Washington Updates Equal Pay Act For The First Time In Over 70 Years

by Fisher Phillips on

With heightened attention on gender-based workplace discrimination, Washington recently passed new legislation that creates additional pay equity requirements for Washington employers. Signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2018

Former LA Times Columnist's Age/Disability Discrimination Judgment Upheld, New Trial On Damages Ordered - Simers v. Los Angeles Times Commc'ns, LLC, 18 Cal. App. 5th 1248 (2018) - T.J. Simers, a well-known sports...more

One metric about financial advisors that you should consider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When gauging the effectiveness of the retirement plan’s financial advisor, one thing that 401(k) plan sponsors forget to consider is the interaction between the advisor and the plan participants....more

Two Federal Courts Of Appeal Find That Title VII Prohibits Workplace Discrimination On The Basis Of Sexual Orientation And...

by Butler Snow LLP on

Back in April 2017, the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (governing Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin) made big news when it determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents employers from discriminating...more

Employment Law - March 2018 #2

California Supreme Court Provides Clarification When Calculating Overtime Rate - Why it matters - In an employee-friendly opinion, the California Supreme Court set forth the calculation of a worker’s overtime pay rate...more

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS announced on March 20, 2018, that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher....more

You Win Some, You Lose Some: A Review Of Some Recent Misclassification Decisions

by Fisher Phillips on

At the forefront of mind of every gig economy company is the troublesome question of whether its workers are properly classified as independent contractors. Just search our blog for cases involving “misclassification” and...more

New US DOL Pilot Program Aims to Resolve FLSA Disputes More Quickly

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new nationwide pilot program to facilitate resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When launched, the...more

McDonald’s & The NLRB to Settle a Nearly Four-Year Battle Involving Joint-Employer Status

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On March 19, 2018, McDonald’s reached a proposed settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) to resolve the outstanding litigation concerning alleged labor law violations by McDonald’s franchisees. ...more

USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B ‘Cap’ Petitions

by Morgan Lewis on

The announcement from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services came as a surprise and could create significant uncertainty for H-1B petitioners and the beneficiaries of cap-subject H-1B petitions....more

Click To Complain: Using Technology to Outsource Workplace Harassment Grievances

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers are now being presented with more options to outsource workplace complaints through third party companies and mobile apps. This may create an ease in grievance reporting for the employee, but does...more

French legal and regulatory update – February 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e - newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2018. Please see full...more

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