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May 25, 2017

New York City Council Passes Major Workplace Reforms for Fast Food & Retail Workers

May 25, 2017

The New York City Council has passed five bills as part of a legislative package intended to reform scheduling and workplace practices for fast food and retail workers in New York City. The legislative package, first introduced on December 6, 2016, and passed on May 24, 2017 follows Mayor Bill de Blasio’s September 2016 announcement... Read More

May 25, 2017

Employer’s Refusal to Hire Medical Marijuana User Violates State Law, Rhode Island State Court Holds

May 25, 2017

Employers cannot refuse to hire a medical marijuana cardholder, even if the individual admittedly would not pass the employer’s pre-employment drug test required of all applicants, a Rhode Island state court has held under the state medical marijuana law. Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corp., et al., No. PC-2014-5680 (R.I. Super. Ct.,... Read More

May 24, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Close Call Accident Alert after Structural Failure

May 24, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a “close call accident alert” after a structural failure at a sand and gravel mine. MSHA said that a scrubber tower located at the mine structurally failed moments after a miner traveled through the area. The agency said that four main support columns failed, causing the scrubber tower... Read More

May 24, 2017

Trump Nominates Sullivan for Last Vacant Seat on Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated attorney James Sullivan to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) to fill the remaining vacancy on the three-member commission. OSHRC is an independent agency that adjudicates contested citations between employers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration... Read More

May 23, 2017

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

May 23, 2017

The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. (See our article, Top 20 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform.) The law directed the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of... Read More

May 23, 2017

Pittsburgh to Appeal Block of City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

May 23, 2017

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a lower court’s ruling invalidating the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”), the ordinance adopted in 2015 requiring all employers of employees within the Pittsburgh city limits to provide paid sick leave to all full- and part-time employees. The Mayor’s office has confirmed that it... Read More

May 17, 2017

Draft Regulations on Cook County, Illinois, Paid Sick Leave Released

May 17, 2017

Draft regulations that will govern its interpretation and enforcement of the Cook County “Earned Sick Leave” Ordinance have been released by the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. The final regulations will be adopted by June 1, 2017, according to the Commission. The Ordinance, which becomes law effective July 1, 2017, mandates... Read More

May 17, 2017

Challenge to Mine Safety POV Rule Stayed for Settlement Talks

May 17, 2017

An Ohio court case on the validity of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 2013 rule on “pattern of violation,” or “POV,” may be near an end. At the joint request of the plaintiffs and MSHA, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued a 120-day stay in the lawsuit in which mine operators and... Read More

May 17, 2017

OSHA Issues Chemical Process Safety Management Reports for Small Businesses and Storage Facilities

May 17, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two reports on the safe management of hazards by small businesses and storage facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals in business processes. In 1994, OSHA outlined the requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous... Read More

May 15, 2017

New NYC Law Imposes Additional Requirements on Companies Contracting With Freelancers

May 15, 2017

Effective May 15, 2017, the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” delineates additional duties for businesses contracting with freelance workers on or after May 15, 2017, in New York City. The law: requires the parties to enter into a written contract, requires businesses to pay freelancers timely and in full, prohibits retaliation,... Read More

May 14, 2017

Ransomware Attacks: Prevention and Preparedness

May 14, 2017

Several years ago, cyber criminals developed a profitable form of malware, now known as ransomware. A “ransomware” attack occurs when a hacker takes control of the victim’s information systems and encrypts its data, preventing the owner from accessing it unless the victim pays a sum of money, usually in the form of bitcoins. The FBI... Read More

May 12, 2017

Georgia Laws Endorse ‘On Call Scheduling’ Practice and Provide Limited Paid Sick Leave Protections

May 12, 2017

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law a measure preempting any local wage laws or requirements that employers compensate employees for changes related to employee schedules. Act 221 (H.B. 243) continues Georgia’s tradition of promoting an employer-friendly environment, particularly for retail businesses and restaurants. A... Read More

May 11, 2017

Diversity, Inclusion and Training: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future?

May 11, 2017

Corporate Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) programs have evolved from the concern of a few forward-thinking corporations over 25 years ago, to a mainstream business imperative today. Rapid U.S. population demographic changes are remaking the workforce. Companies large and small are already facing the reality of overwhelmingly diverse... Read More

May 11, 2017

How to Prepare for Heightened Immigration Enforcement and Compliance in the Trump Era

May 11, 2017

When Donald Trump announced he would be running for President of the United States in June 2015, immigration became a hotter topic. Throughout his campaign, Trump made many statements about immigration. He focused primarily on undocumented aliens who enter the country illegally and on investigating abuses of visa programs that he... Read More

May 11, 2017

Vaccinating Your Brand: How to Best Protect Your Organization and Reputation from Social Media Attacks

May 11, 2017

Perception by customers, business partners, vendors and the public at large is vital to any organization’s success. Studies have shown that businesses with a clear mission, record of compliance, and diversity, generally perform better. Yet, the task of defining and defending an organization’s brand has become increasingly difficult with... Read More

May 11, 2017

How Emerging Technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, are Transforming the Legal Profession

May 11, 2017

Emerging technologies are expected to have a significant impact on the legal profession, both in terms of new electronic devices containing discoverable information as well as the increased use of artificial intelligence to perform tasks typically performed by attorneys. While there are some who predict that lawyers may be the next... Read More

May 11, 2017

Using Predictive Analytics to Change History

May 11, 2017

Last year, women made 80¢ on the dollar compared to men. That persistent pay gap has hovered around 80% for the last several years. States, cities, and federal enforcement agencies are thus trying a variety of new tactics to “close the gap.” The most interesting, and as many believe creative, approach to gain popularity in the past year... Read More

May 11, 2017

Class Actions and the Future

May 11, 2017

It is undeniable that technology continues to progress at a rapid pace, while employers and courts scramble to keep up with the myriad of ever-evolving issues that this creates. Part I of this white paper will address the integration of social media and class actions, with a large focus on the dissemination of notice to class members;... Read More

May 11, 2017

How Driverless Cars, Drones and More are Changing Your Workplace

May 11, 2017

Nobody knows for sure when the driverless car revolution will hit, but most are certain it will. Estimates of when the application of self-driving vehicles will occur range from a few years to several decades. However, many companies are scheduled to launch driverless vehicles in the 2019 to 2021 timeframe. The U.S. Secretary of... Read More

May 11, 2017

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

May 11, 2017

The use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) raises a variety of complicated ethics issues for attorneys. Part I of this paper will review recent changes in technology and how ethics committees across the country have sought to apply the Rules of Professional Conduct in the evolving digital world, often resulting in inconsistent opinions... Read More

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