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February 5, 2016

Puerto Rico Supreme Court Scolds Employer for Interfering with Working Mother’s Breastfeeding Rights

February 5, 2016

Emphasizing that Puerto Rico legislation protects employees’ breastfeeding rights in the workplace and that maternity enjoys special judicial protection in the Commonwealth’s legal framework, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court has ruled that employers, public and private, regardless of their circumstances, must provide a “... Read More

February 5, 2016

EEOC Proposes to Collect Pay Data from Employers

February 5, 2016

Proposed changes to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 report would have employers with at least 100 employees submitting all employees’ W-2 earnings data and actual hours worked beginning with the 2017 EEO-1 reporting cycle. According to the EEOC’s proposal, the Commission and the Office of Federal... Read More

February 4, 2016

Retail Employer Workplace News - Winter 2016

February 4, 2016

Top Five OSHA Changes to Watch for in 2016 Retailers should stay tuned in the year ahead to the busy agenda of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as it attempts to finalize significant rulemakings and guidance documents. OSHA initiatives on electronic injury and illness recordkeeping, employer safety incentive... Read More

February 3, 2016

Connecticut Long-Term Care Health Facilities to Register with New Background Check Portal

February 3, 2016

Certain health care facilities specializing in long-term care in Connecticut will be required to register with a statewide background check portal beginning February 8, 2016. The portal will allow employers to process criminal history and patient abuse background searches for potential employees, contractors, or volunteers who will... Read More

February 2, 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act — Congress Tries Again

February 2, 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), S. 1890, which would provide federal jurisdiction for the theft of trade secrets, has moved out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with bi-partisan support. With this procedural hurdle cleared, the DTSA is now in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Should he bring... Read More

February 1, 2016

Uncontrolled Energy Sources Targeted in New MSHA Initiative

February 1, 2016

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has launched an enforcement and educational outreach initiative to call attention to the danger of working around uncontrolled energy sources, a risk the agency said that has claimed the lives of 28 miners in the Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM) sector since 2005. In a joint effort with the National... Read More

February 1, 2016

OSHA May Have Given Up on Combustible Dust Rule before End of Obama Administration

February 1, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration may have thrown in the towel on issuing a general industry regulation for combustible dust before the end of the Obama Administration in January 2017. The clearest sign: A schedule for releasing the proposed combustible dust rule has been wiped from the latest regulatory agenda,... Read More

February 1, 2016

NLRB Regional Director Rejects Election Petition of Faculty at Religiously-Affiliated College

February 1, 2016

Colleges and universities contending that their tenured and tenure-track faculty are managerial employees who do not have the right to unionize or bargain collectively under the National Labor Relations Act should find reassurance in a recent National Labor Relations Board Regional Director’s decision declining to assert... Read More

January 29, 2016

Proposal Would Prohibit Government Contractors’ Confidentiality Agreements Restricting Employees’ Reporting of Alleged Fraud, Waste, or Abuse

January 29, 2016

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has proposed a rule barring employers from using confidentiality agreements that restrict employees or subcontractors from reporting “waste, fraud or abuse” to the government. The proposal would apply retroactively to existing confidentiality agreements and, thus, would obligate... Read More

January 29, 2016

EEOC Releases Proposed Rule to Collect Pay Data from Employers

January 29, 2016

On the anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced proposed changes to its EEO-1 report, requiring employers to submit employee W-2 earnings and hours worked. All employers with at least 100 employees would be required to... Read More

January 29, 2016

What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy

January 29, 2016

Navigating the California laws on discrimination and accommodation of pregnant employees is a significant challenge for retail employers. The Golden State’s protections for pregnant employees are many and they differ from those of federal law and of other states. Pregnancy Disability Leave Law Under the Pregnancy Disability... Read More

January 28, 2016

St. Paul is Second Minnesota City to Weigh Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

January 28, 2016

Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are both preparing to enact local laws affording employees paid sick leave. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and the St. Paul City Council have announced that the Council will convene a Task Force to discuss an ordinance mandating that all private and public sector employees be... Read More

January 28, 2016

10 for 2016 on Data Privacy

January 28, 2016

In honor of Data Privacy Day, we offer the following “Top 10 for 2016,” a list of critical areas in data privacy that businesses should know about. These are intended to help inform businesses about data privacy and security and the steps they can take to protect the information they maintain. EU/U.S. Data Transfer (Safe... Read More

January 27, 2016

Supreme Court Rebukes Ninth Circuit’s Disregard of Prudence Precedent for Employee Stock Ownership Plans

January 27, 2016

Providing a specific, stringent pleading standard for claims alleging breach of the duty of prudence against fiduciaries who manage employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), the U.S. Supreme Court again has reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Amgen Inc. v. Harris, No. 15-278 (Jan. 25, 2016), because of its failure to apply the... Read More

January 25, 2016

New York State and New York City Guidance Focus Transgender Discrimination

January 25, 2016

New York State and New York City have issued expansive new guidelines to protect the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. NYSDHR’s Regulations Ban Transgender Discrimination The New York State Division of Human Rights adopted new regulations, effective January 20, 2016, that ban discrimination and... Read More

January 21, 2016

U.S. DOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employment under the FLSA and MSPA

January 21, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). This sub-regulatory guidance largely reflects existing WHD policy.... Read More

January 21, 2016

Supreme Court: ERISA Plan Cannot Recover Settlement Funds that Have Already Been Spent

January 21, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has narrowed, ever so slightly, the ever-changing definition of “appropriate equitable relief” under ERISA Section 502(a)(3). In Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, the high court addressed whether a plan fiduciary can recover medical payments made on... Read More

January 21, 2016

OSHA Sets Hearing Date on Proposal to Drastically Limit Beryllium Exposure

January 21, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold an informal hearing to gather testimony on a comprehensive agency proposal on worker exposure to beryllium. The proposal would cut the permissible exposure limit (PEL) tenfold and impose employer mandates. The current limit, 2.0 µg/m3, has been in place since 1971and the... Read More

January 21, 2016

NIOSH Proposes to Study Impact of a Worker Wellness Program

January 21, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking comment on a proposed study aimed at determining the effectiveness and economic return of a state-sponsored workers’ wellness program. It seeks to understand such a program’s impact on traditional occupational safety and health (OSH) programs. NIOSH is an... Read More

January 21, 2016

Supreme Court Weighs in on Class Action ‘Pick-Off,’ but Leaves Significant Questions Unanswered

January 21, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has eliminated a strategy defendants have used to stem the rising tide of class action lawsuits — offering the named plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit full relief, mooting their individual claim (regardless if they accept the offer), and along with it, rendering the class action moot. Campbell-Ewald... Read More

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