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July 27, 2015

In Shift, Labor Board Requires Employers to Disclose Witness Statements

July 27, 2015

Overturning a 37-year-old precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has decided that witness statements obtained by an employer during an investigation of employee misconduct and requested by a union representative no longer will enjoy special protection from disclosure.  American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens... Read More

July 24, 2015

New Hawaii Medical Marijuana Law Bars Use in Workplace; Zero Tolerance Policies Still Enforceable

July 24, 2015

Closing a gap in Hawaii’s medical marijuana law, a new law sets up a regime of vertically integrated grow facilities and retail dispensing licenses for the delivery of medical marijuana to “cardholders” in Hawaii. The stated intent of the new law, signed by Governor David Ige on July 14, 2015, is to ensure a... Read More

July 24, 2015

Bill in Congress Would Allow Employees to Request Changes to Schedules

July 24, 2015

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would require employers to consider their employees’ requests for changes to their work schedules and to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in certain occupations with evidence of unpredictable and unstable scheduling practices. The Schedules That Work Act, S.1772, also... Read More

July 23, 2015

Washington High Court: Piece Rate Compensation Alone Does Not Satisfy Rest Break Pay Requirement

July 23, 2015

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that employers must provide agricultural piece rate workers with extra compensation for their rest periods, rejecting the employer’s argument that its piece rate already included compensation for the required rest periods. Demetrio v. Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc., 2015 Wash. LEXIS 807 (Wash. July... Read More

July 23, 2015

Connecticut Adds Significant Data Security Mandates for State Contractors, Certain Health Insurance Industry Businesses

July 23, 2015

Connecticut has amended its breach notification statute to require that covered businesses provide one year of identity theft protection services to persons affected by certain breaches of their personal information. Senate Bill 949 also establishes significant data security requirements for entities contracting with state agencies... Read More

July 23, 2015

Workplace Safety and Health Update - Week of July 20, 2015

July 23, 2015

We are pleased to bring you our Workplace Safety and Health Update. With experienced OSHA and MSHA attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, Jackson Lewis is uniquely positioned to serve all of an employer’s workplace safety and health needs. OSHA Delays Full Enforcement of Confined Spaces in Construction Standard... Read More

July 21, 2015

New Jersey Rejects Heightened Bar for Whistleblower Claims by ‘Watchdog’ Employees

July 21, 2015

In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to raise the bar for employees whose job entails ensuring legal compliance (“watchdog” employees) to bring whistleblower claims under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). Lippman v. Ethicon, Inc., No. A-65/66-13 (July 15, 2015).... Read More

July 21, 2015

Special Report: Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law Questions and Answers (2015 Update)

July 21, 2015

This 2015 update reflects the revisions the Connecticut Legislature passed to the law (eff. 01/01/15) and the associated revisions the Connecticut Department of Labor made to its Guidance. Read More

July 21, 2015

Expansion of Mine Safety Workplace Exam Requirements Likely to be Announced

July 21, 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration appears to be readying a new policy that could significantly expand and re-interpret mine operator responsibilities in conducting workplace examinations. On July 9, 2015, MSHA briefly circulated a new program policy letter (PPL) (see pdf) on workplace examinations before removing it from... Read More

July 17, 2015

Puerto Rico Supreme Court: Former Exec Cannot Sue Individual Board Members for Breach of Employment Contract

July 17, 2015

A former employee cannot sue individual members of a corporation’s board of directors for breach of an employment contract and negligence in execution of fiduciary duties, where: 1) the individual board members are not parties to the employment contract; and 2) the employee and his relatives are not shareholders with standing to... Read More

July 17, 2015

Workplace Safety and Health Update - Week of July 13, 2015

July 17, 2015

We are pleased to bring you our Workplace Safety and Health Update. With experienced OSHA and MSHA attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, Jackson Lewis is uniquely positioned to serve all of an employer’s workplace safety and health needs. Aggregates Producer Gets $65,000 EAJA Award A judge has awarded a sand... Read More

July 16, 2015

North Carolina Reinforces Property Protection Law, Giving Employers Right to Sue

July 16, 2015

The protection of property, be it patient records, financial information, consumer data, merchandise, or intellectual property, is a serious issue for North Carolina companies of all sizes. Beginning on January 1, 2016, North Carolina employers will be able to recover monetary damages resulting from employees’ unauthorized access... Read More

July 14, 2015

Amendments to California Paid Sick Leave Law Effective

July 14, 2015

Significant amendments to California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, also known as the California Paid Sick Leave Law, went into effect immediately upon Governor Jerry Brown’s signature on Assembly Bill no. 304 on July 13, 2015. Key provisions of the Amendment affect calculation of the rate of pay,... Read More

July 13, 2015

Oregon Legislative Update

July 13, 2015

Oregon employers must comply with new laws signed by Governor Kate Brown mandating the provision of sick leave benefits, prohibiting inquiring into or considering an applicant’s criminal conviction history on an employment application form or prior to an interview, limiting non-competition agreements to no longer than 18 months... Read More

July 13, 2015

New Texas Law Says Franchisors Generally Not Employers of Franchisees’ Workers

July 13, 2015

The Texas Labor Code has been amended to provide that a franchisor is not considered an employer for claims related to employment discrimination, wage payment, the Texas Minimum Wage Act, and the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, among other laws. According to S.B. 652, this is so unless the franchisor has been found by a state... Read More

July 10, 2015

Hawaii Bans Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Clauses in High-Tech Employment

July 10, 2015

Departing from the state’s normally pro-employer laws and judicial attitudes regarding non-compete covenants, a new law bars high-tech companies in Hawaii from requiring their employees to enter into “non-compete” and “non-solicit” agreements as a condition of employment. The new law, Act 158, went into... Read More

July 8, 2015

Oregon Governor Signs ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation

July 8, 2015

Legislation restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process has been signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on June 26, 2015. The “Ban the Box” law, H.B. 3025, will take effect on January 1, 2016. The legislation applies to all... Read More

July 8, 2015

Workplace Safety and Health Update - Week of July 6, 2015

July 8, 2015

We are pleased to bring you our Workplace Safety and Health Update. With experienced OSHA and MSHA attorneys located strategically throughout the nation, Jackson Lewis is uniquely positioned to serve all of an employer’s workplace safety and health needs. Judge Orders MSHA to Disclose POV Facts, While Challenge to Rule... Read More

July 2, 2015

New York City Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation

July 2, 2015

New York City has adopted an ordinance restricting when employer inquiries about applicants’ criminal histories may be made during the application process and imposing significant obligations on employers who intend to take action based on such information.  The Fair Chance Act ordinance will become effective on... Read More

July 2, 2015

OSHA Adopts Expanded Enforcement against Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Residential Care Facilities

July 2, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new and stricter enforcement policy for the healthcare industry, promising to crack down on the most common hazards in hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities. The new federal enforcement policy, which OSHA expects states to adopt, as well,... Read More

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