Robinson+Cole Manufacturing Law Blog

Firm Profile: Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3597, United States
Phone: (860) 275-8200
Fax: (860) 275-8299
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  • Labor & Employment Law
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100+ Attorneys

N.L.R.B. “Joint” Disarray – Why That Matters to Manufacturers

Winston Churchill allegedly once said, “lovers of sausage and public policy should not watch either be made.” Recent events at the National Labor Relations Board call that apt quote to mind. …more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Court Upholds Unlimited Look Back Period for OSHA Repeat Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act provides for increased penalties when an employer repeatedly violates a standard. While there is no specific time frame established in the statute for how long OSHA can look back for a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

EPA to Defer to States on Enforcement

In our 2018 outlook, we told you about the trend towards cooperative federalism—EPA’s plan to “rebalance the power between Washington and the states to create tangible environmental results for the American people.” Early in…more
 /  Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

2018 Employment Law Predictions for Manufacturers

As has been our tradition, January is the time to predict the big developments in the coming year that will impact manufacturers. In January 2017, notwithstanding my “Lawyer’s Shrug,” I predicted Congress was unlikely to raise…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

2018 Corporation Compliance & Litigation Outlook for Manufacturers

Last week, Megan provided our thoughts and predictions for environmental, health & safety. This week, I am providing our outlook for corporate compliance and litigation…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Toxic Torts, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Trump N.L.R.B. Gift Giving Season

Acting just days before the term of Chairman Phillip Miscimarra ended on December 16, the National Labor Relations Board issued four decisions overturning landmark cases that expanded employee and labor union protections. In a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

OSHA: Disclosure of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Due Next Week

As we outlined last year, OSHA recently revised its recording and reporting regulation to require certain employers to submit injury and illness data to OSHA on an annual basis for posting on OSHA’s website. The deadline for…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

New York Paid Family Leave Obligations for Manufacturers

Effective January 1, 2018, employees of manufacturers working in New York State may be eligible for paid family leave. The NY Paid Family Leave Law (“PFLL”) is both broader than and more narrow than the federal Family and…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Trap for the Unwary: How A Manufacturer Can Assure Itself That New York Law Will Apply To Its Contracts

We review a lot of manufacturing contracts for our clients. As most people know, there are often clauses that dictate what law will apply if there is a dispute (a.k.a. “choice of law” clauses) and where that dispute will be…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Buckle Up for 2018: New Overtime Regulations Manufacturing Confusion

Readers of this blog may recognize I have spilled a good deal of ink over the last two years discussing the impact of the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase the minimum salary for certain employees to be considered…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Settlement with Swedish Telecom Giant Falls Just Short of First $1 Billion FCPA Resolution

In September, the U.S. government announced a nearly $1 billion FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) settlement with the Swedish telecommunications company Telia. The total monetary payment in this global resolution makes it…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade

New York City’s Salary History Ban Takes Effect October 31

Effective October 31, 2017, New York City becomes another jurisdiction making it unlawful for manufacturers and other employers to ask most job applicants for information about their prior or current salary, compensation or…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

The Rise of Vapor Intrusion

We have all been involved in investigating and remediating sites with soil and groundwater contamination. But another form of contamination has been recently gaining attention—vapor intrusion…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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