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February 17, 2017

New York State Regulations Governing Payroll Debit Cards (Scheduled to Become Effective March 7) Held Invalid and Revoked

February 17, 2017

The NYSDOL issued final regulations in September 2016, significantly restricting the use of payroll debit cards and imposing disclosure and consent requirements for direct deposit.  The regulations were to become effective on March 7, 2016.  However, in a February 16, 2017 decision, the New York State Industrial Board of... Read More

February 15, 2017

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

February 15, 2017

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No. 5:16-cv-9-Oc-28PRL (M.D. Fla. Feb. 14, 2017). The FWA (Florida Statute Section 448.102) prohibits... Read More

February 14, 2017

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ National Strike Planned – What Can Employers Do?

February 14, 2017

Activists throughout the U.S., but focused in Washington, D.C., are planning a protest that exhorts employees not to report to work on February 16, 2017, as one measure to demonstrate what a “Day Without Immigrants” can mean to the economy. According to the Washingtonian, the campaign, which is directed at the Trump... Read More

February 13, 2017

New French Law Limits Work Email Outside of Business Hours

February 13, 2017

A new French law establishes employees’ “right to disconnect” beginning January 3, 2017. The new law is an amendment included within a broader labor reform bill, the El Khomri Labor Law (after Labor Minister Myriam El Khomri). An employer with more than 50 employees must set specific hours when employees should and... Read More

February 9, 2017

What to Expect under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

February 9, 2017

After an unusually contentious Senate confirmation process, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017. DeVos has a record of promoting charter schools and school vouchers at the K-12 level, but little is known about her priorities for higher education. Her prepared comments and responses during her... Read More

February 8, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Announces Final Rule for Examination of Working Places in Metal, Nonmetal Mines

February 8, 2017

Examinations of working places should be conducted before miners begin work in those places and miners should be notified of hazardous conditions found during examinations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced in a final rule amending existing standards to improve the quality of working place examinations in metal and... Read More

February 8, 2017

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Workers from Beryllium Exposure

February 8, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule “to prevent chronic beryllium disease and lung cancer” in workers by limiting their exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. Beryllium and beryllium compounds are used in the aerospace, shipyard, electronics, energy, telecommunication, medical,... Read More

February 8, 2017

California Court Provides Additional Guidance on Timecard Rounding, Grace Period Claims

February 8, 2017

Under California law, employers’ policies may permit rounding of employee timecard entries to the nearest tenth of an hour (six minutes), the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal has affirmed. Silva v. See’s Candy Shops, Inc., No. D068136 (Dec. 9, 2016, published Jan. 5, 2017) (“See’s Candy... Read More

February 6, 2017

Indianapolis Office Newsletter – First Quarter 2017

February 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Limitation Period for Claims Relying on Constructive Discharge Under a constructive discharge theory, an employee’s limitation period to file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission begins upon the constructive discharge, not before, the United States Supreme Court has... Read More

February 6, 2017

Missouri Enacts Right to Work Law

February 6, 2017

Missouri has become 28th state to adopt a right-to-work law. Governor Eric Greitens campaigned on promises to sign “right-to-work” law if given the opportunity and the Missouri House of Representatives gave him that opportunity by passing Senate Bill 19 (SB 19) after hours of floor debates on February 2, 2017. Governor... Read More

February 6, 2017

President Trump Orders Review of Labor Department Fiduciary Rule and Addresses Financial Industry in Latest Actions

February 6, 2017

President Donald Trump has taken actions aimed at alleviating some of the regulatory burdens on the financial services industry. Through a Presidential Memorandum, issued on February 3, 2017, he ordered the Department of Labor to “examine the Fiduciary Duty Rule to determine whether it may adversely affect the ability of Americans... Read More

February 4, 2017

Travel Ban Temporarily Enjoined

February 4, 2017

On Friday, February 3, and effective immediately, the travel restrictions for individuals from seven identified countries was halted by Judge James Robart of the Western District of Washington. In State of Washington, et al. v. Donald J. Trump, et al. Judge Robart granted a nationwide Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) prohibiting... Read More

February 3, 2017

Part-Time Employees Get First Chance at Extra Hours under New San José Ordinance

February 3, 2017

Employers in San José, California, must offer additional work hours to existing qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees beginning March 13, 2017, under the Opportunity to Work Ordinance. Covered Employers and Employees The Ordinance, or Measure E, passed by voters in 2016, applies to San José employers (... Read More

February 2, 2017

Travel Update under Trump’s Executive Order

February 2, 2017

While daily governmental guidance for affected individuals, in the United States and abroad, has followed the signing of Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on January 27, 2017, reports of inconsistent treatment of individuals abound. The following illustrates some of... Read More

February 2, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

February 2, 2017

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded. Accordingly, he explained, the players have all of the rights and protections available to employees under the Act... Read More

February 1, 2017

Trump Administration Issues Temporary Regulatory Freeze

February 1, 2017

Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated into office, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus instructed federal agencies to temporarily freeze any pending regulations, a standard practice for incoming presidential administrations as they define their policy strategies. The directive includes pending regulatory plans... Read More

February 1, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on a Brake Release System

February 1, 2017

The Mine Health and Safety Administration has issued a “safety hazard alert” on the dangers involved when the parking brake of a high-volume, brake-release pump, the A.L. Lee Corporation Man Trip Model RRB-15V, was unintentionally released and went “into a runaway condition.” MSHA said that, because of an issue... Read More

January 31, 2017

President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to U.S. Supreme Court

January 31, 2017

Ending months of speculation, President Donald Trump has nominated the Honorable Neil McGill Gorsuch to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Gorsuch would bring more than 10 years of judicial experience to the position. Still, the Supreme Court is sui generis, different than any... Read More

January 30, 2017

Travel Advisory after Trump Executive Order

January 30, 2017

The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017, has had immediate effects on individuals from seven countries: Iraq Iran Libya Somalia Sudan Syria Yemen Being “from” one of these countries... Read More

January 30, 2017

Top 10 for Data Privacy Day 2017

January 30, 2017

In honor of Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 10 for 2017,” a list of critical areas in data privacy that businesses should know about. While not exhaustive, the list points out hot topics on data privacy and security for organizations to consider in 2017. 1. Phishing Attacks and Ransomware Phishing, as... Read More

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