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September 22, 2016

What Federal Contractors with Employee Arbitration Agreements Need to Know Now

September 22, 2016

Portions of the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), often referred to as the “Blacklisting” or “Bad Actors” Executive Order, will take effect on October 25, 2016, and federal contractor employers are preparing for compliance with its reporting, disclosure, and paycheck... Read More

September 22, 2016

OSHA Requests Information on Shipyard Safety Rules Covering Falls

September 22, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is considering updating its safety standards covering falls in shipbuilding, ship repair, shipbreaking, and other shipyard-related employment and has issued a Request for Information. Comments and materials must be submitted by December 7, 2016. The standards fall under Subpart E of... Read More

September 22, 2016

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert for Water-Related Fatalities

September 22, 2016

Working around, over, or near water is a safety hazard that may result in entrapment and drowning, the Mining Safety and Health Administration has warned in a hazard alert. The federal agency said 24 miners have died at metal and nonmetal mines and facilities while working on or near water since 2005. In a recent letter to metal... Read More

September 22, 2016

Hawaii Labor Department Imposes Massive Penalties, Sends Clear Message to Employers

September 22, 2016

Taking advantage of a new law that substantially increases penalties, the Wage Standards Division of the Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (“DLIR”) has issued penalties totaling $767,095 to a construction company remodeling a hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. The penalties were imposed for a failure to... Read More

September 21, 2016

Court Decisions Could Frustrate Obama Administration Efforts to Protect Transgender Students, Employees

September 21, 2016

A flurry of judicial activity has surrounded the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide legal protection to transgender individuals by extending protection against sex discrimination to cover gender identity under Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The U.S. Departments of... Read More

September 21, 2016

Seattle Passes Predictable Scheduling Ordinance

September 21, 2016

The City of Seattle has passed a bill requiring certain large employers operating within Seattle city limits to give their hourly workers advance notice of their schedules and to pay workers extra for being required to work on call. Mayor Ed Murray announced he plans to sign the Secure Scheduling Ordinance. The bill will go into effect... Read More

September 21, 2016

New York City May Ban Questions about Salary History

September 21, 2016

A bill in the City Council of New York City would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history. The bill’s purported aim is to close the gender pay gap by reducing the likelihood that women will be prejudiced by prior salary levels. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James introduced... Read More

September 21, 2016

Federal Court Rejects EEOC Concept of Race, Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban

September 21, 2016

An employer’s ban on dreadlocks and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s willingness to file a lawsuit to vindicate an employee’s rights has opened a legal debate on the meaning of “race” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Finding the Commission failed to allege in the proposed... Read More

September 21, 2016

States and Business Groups File Lawsuits Seeking to Block DOL’s ‘White Collar’ Overtime Rule

September 21, 2016

Twenty-one states, led by Texas and Nevada, have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction declaring unlawful the DOL’s Final Rule amending the overtime exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees (the “white collar” exemptions) under the Fair... Read More

September 20, 2016

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Bar Pre-Hire Inquiries into Candidate Compensation History

September 20, 2016

The New Jersey State Assembly is considering a bill (A-4119) that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) to prohibit an employer from seeking compensation information on a candidate. If passed, the legislation will affect the hiring process in New Jersey, including requiring changes to application... Read More

September 19, 2016

New Regulation Restricts New York Employers Seeking to Pay Wages by Direct Deposit, Payroll Debit Cards

September 19, 2016

The New York Department of Labor has adopted a regulation that reiterates an employer generally must obtain written consent to pay wages by direct deposit of wages and clarifies the legality of paying wages with payroll debit cards. Once effective on March 7, 2017, the Regulation, published on September 7, 2016, will impose greater... Read More

September 16, 2016

Morristown, New Jersey, Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

September 16, 2016

Private-sector employees who work at least 80 hours during a calendar year in Morristown, New Jersey, will be entitled to paid sick leave under Ordinance No. 35-2016, passed by the Morristown Town Council on September 13, 2016. Ordinance No. 35-2016 takes “effect upon passage and publication” or at the expiration of... Read More

September 14, 2016

41% Increase in Citations to Mine Operators

September 14, 2016

Special impact inspections in July that covered 13 states resulted in 161 citations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced. This is a 41-percent increase from the 114 citations issued the previous month. MSHA said it levied 76 citations against six metal and nonmetal mine operators in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana,... Read More

September 14, 2016

OSHA Clarifies Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard for Moving Grave Headstones, Monuments

September 14, 2016

Using a crane to move headstones and small monuments is “generally” not defined as construction, but the crane operator is still responsible for stringent worker-safety rules regarding crane operations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has advised in response to a question from an Arkansas granite and marble... Read More

September 13, 2016

San Diego Issues Required Postings, Acknowledgement Form under Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance

September 13, 2016

The City of San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance went into effect on July 11, 2016. Beginning October 1, 2016, employers must post two new notices in the workplace and give employees and new hires a notice containing certain employer information. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in... Read More

September 8, 2016

State Safety Plans Object to Federal OSHA Fine Increases

September 8, 2016

State workplace safety agencies raised objections to adopting federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s penalty increases in letters to the Department of Labor on OSHA’s interim final rule, Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up Adjustment. State agencies with OSHA-approved job safety and... Read More

September 8, 2016

Mine Safety Agency Extends Comment Period on Controlling, Monitoring Diesel Exhaust Request for Information

September 8, 2016

The public will have until November 30, 2016, to submit comments on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Request for Information on the agency’s strategies for controlling and monitoring exposure of underground miners to diesel exhaust. Published on June 8, 2016, the RFI had set a comment deadline of September 6,... Read More

September 8, 2016

Updated EEOC Retaliation Guidance Suggests Scrutiny for Internal Investigation Practices

September 8, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes an expansive position on protection given to persons who make internal complaints about discrimination in bad faith in updated guidance on retaliation law. Under a retaliation theory, individuals have legal redress if an employer takes a material adverse action against an individual... Read More

September 6, 2016

Newly Organized Employer Must Bargain Over Discretionary Employee Discipline Pre-First Contract, NLRB Rules

September 6, 2016

Prior to entering into a first contract, an employer has a statutory obligation to bargain with the union that represents its employees before imposing discretionary “serious discipline” (such as suspension, demotion, or discharge) on any of those employees, the National Labor Relations Board again has held. Total Security... Read More

August 30, 2016

New York Makes Some Workplace Assaults a Felony

August 30, 2016

New York has beefed up protections for certain private and public sector employees, designating assaults against them as Class D felonies, rather than just Class A misdemeanors. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed three bills that make it a Class D felony to assault a utility worker (S. 2251), a process server (S. 2991), or a... Read More

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