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WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (November Edition)

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The leftovers are (mostly) gone, and turkey-induced naps have been taken, but if you think a post-Thanksgiving minimum wage and overtime update will be uneventful, you are mistaken. Jurisdictions continue to announce 2018...more

Some Disaster Relief Workers Are Protected Employees under USERRA

Hurricanes. Fires. Floods. Shootings. The evening news seems consistently laden with catastrophe. In times like these, a federal agency called the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) often springs into action. The...more

EEOC Issues New Guide to Assist Federal Agencies to Provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

Provides Answers Agencies May Have Regarding PAS Programs - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the release of a Questions and Answers Guide to assist federal agencies to...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - August 2017

by Vedder Price on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert providing a summary of the staff’s observations from sweep exams of broker-dealers, investment advisers and funds...more

Supreme Court Decides Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, No. 16-399.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 23, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, holding that when the Merit Systems Protection Board dismisses a government employee’s “mixed case” (a case where the employee claims...more

FEHBA Insurers Prevail on Subrogation and Reimbursement Rights

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 18 unanimously held that insurance carriers operating under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA) may assert subrogation and reimbursement rights, pursuant to their Office of...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC - Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Age Discrimination

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is available on the EEOC's website....more

Understanding The Amended Executive Branch Gift Rules

by WilmerHale on

The ethical principles that govern the conduct of federal officials have received more media attention over the past several months than at any time in recent memory. This article addresses the most pertinent rules that...more

So – Are LGBTQ Rights Protected under Federal Employment Law or Not?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The most accurate answer to this question is, “it depends.” On March 10, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) weighed in on LGBTQ protections – but the decision is not as...more

Should Accident Victims Recover their Medical Bills Twice?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Most of us think that accident victims should be able to recover for their medical bills. But recover twice? That issue is at the heart of the case argued before the United States Supreme Court on March 1. The Federal...more

Connecting more: Two ways the revised OGE gift standards ease communication with government employees

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Many companies are very familiar with the issues that arise when someone at the company wants to provide a Government employee with any item of value or wants to stay in touch with a former employee now working for Uncle Sam....more

Employment Law - January 2017 #3

President Taps New Heads for Federal Employment Agencies - Why it matters - President Donald J. Trump appointed new leaders for the federal employment agencies during his busy first few days in office, tapping...more

A Guide to Executive Branch Gift Rules for 2017

by Perkins Coie on

In this update, we summarize the current rules on providing gifts to federal executive branch officials and employees, including amendments to those rules effective January 1, 2017. The executive branch gift and travel rules...more

Psychological Injuries and Medical Examiners Under the LHWCA

On January 27, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc. v. Director, OWCP, (Samuel Jackson), No. 15-1041, affirmed the decisions of an Administrative Law Judge and the Benefits Review Board...more

2016 Labour and Employment Law – A Year in Review (in 140 characters or less)

by Dentons on

As we close out the first month of 2017, we thought it appropriate to briefly review the cases which caught our eye in 2016 in 140 characters or less...more

EEOC Issues Quality Practices Plan on Federal Sector Hearings, Appeals and Oversight Functions

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today published Federal Sector Quality Practices (FSQP) to address the quality of the agency's hearings and appeals in federal employee employment...more

EEOC Rule on Affirmative Action for Individuals With Disabilities in Federal Employment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: These new regulations require federal agencies to be “model employers” of individuals with disabilities. As such, they now must take specific steps that are “reasonably designed” to gradually increase the...more

Considerations When Hiring Legislative Branch Employees

by WilmerHale on

With the 114th Congress drawing to a close, a number of officials will leave the legislative branch for new opportunities. This transition allows the private and nonprofit sectors to recruit seasoned professionals with recent...more

White House Remarks of EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang On Employment of People With Disabilities in the Federal Government

It is an honor to be here with all of you to celebrate the hiring of over 100,000 people with disabilities into the federal government. Through our collective efforts, we have met the goal President Obama set for federal...more

Federal employee has effective veto over appointment of “impartial” workplace violence investigator, as long as veto not exercised...

by Dentons on

A federal employee’s objection to the appointment of a workplace violence investigator was valid, the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada has decided, because the investigator was not “seen by” the employee as...more

Eighth Circuit Opinions Highlight Need to Apply Appellate Lens at Trial Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We often quip that the best way to establish a winning record as an appellate lawyer is to represent the party that won below; that’s no joke. In nearly every appellate court— state or federal— appellants have an uphill...more

Looking to Hire an Obama Appointee? What You Need to Know About the New OGE Rules on the Recruiting of Federal Employees

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) has issued updated rules, which became effective August 25, 2016, on recruiting federal employees for private sector jobs. The revision comes at a time when many in the federal...more

Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause

by Field Law on

At common law, a non-unionized employee may be dismissed without cause or reasons if he or she is given reasonable notice of termination or pay in lieu. However, for non-unionized federal employees, the Supreme Court of...more

Flexibility Offered for Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations, Government Agencies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Treasury Department has issued two sets of proposed regulations, under Sections 457 and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, relating to deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and tax-exempt...more

Supreme Court Decides Simmons v. Himmelreich

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15–109, holding that the judgment-bar provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) does not apply to claims dismissed for falling...more

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