Search form

Retail Employer Workplace News – Spring 2016

By Mark S. Askanas
  • March 29, 2016

OSHA’s Relaxed Whistleblower Pleading Standards May Bring More Complaints

Retailers face a possible increase in whistleblower complaints under new guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that relaxes the standard for investigators tasked with determining whether a whistleblower statute has been violated. OSHA provides whistleblower protection under 22 federal statutes. Read more…

OSHA on Scissor Lifts and Power Industrial Trucks

The safe use of scissor lifts and powered industrial trucks, equipment commonly used in large retail stores, warehouses, and distribution centers, is the focus of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s hazard alert and a renewed alliance with the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). The alert explains employer obligations and outlines preventive steps for avoiding hazards when workers use scissor lifts. The alliance agrees to raise awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, provide outreach and communication, and promote training and education as to powered industrial trucks, such as forklifts.

Zika Virus Concerns in the Workplace

A global health alarm over the outbreak of a disease or virus raises issues for retail employers and employees as to appropriate workplace responses. Avian flu, swine flu (H1N1), and Ebola drew workplace concern in recent memory. Now, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring public health emergencies and putting employers’ attention on how to respond. Read more…

Patchwork of Paid Sick Leave Laws

Paid sick leave may not be required by federal law — at least not yet — but the proliferation of state and local paid sick leave laws is a major compliance issue for employers, particularly those that operate in more than one state. Developing paid sick leave policies that meet the requirements of all of these laws can be challenging.

Congress Reacts to Obama Administration Moves on Joint Employer Liability

How far can the government go in holding a franchisor responsible for franchisees’ violations of labor law? The Republican leadership of a congressional oversight committee has started investigating inter-agency communications in response to the Obama Administration’s attempts to make franchisors responsible for alleged violations by franchises. Read more…

Need for Employers Privacy Policies

Having employees necessarily means storing some amount of personal information about them. Privacy experts recommend that employers consider implementing privacy policies to address the protection of personal information they maintain on their employees. Many federal and state laws require entities to protect personal or private information collected from individuals. Here’s our overview of the rules and what an employer’s privacy policy should include. Read more…

New California Regs on Workplace Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination Policies

California employers must prepare for new regulations, effective April 1, 2016, declaring that “[e]mployers have an affirmative duty to create a workplace environment that is free from employment practices prohibited by” the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and that “[e]mployers have an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct discriminatory and harassing conduct.” The rule requires employers to have a written policy and complaint process. Read more…

©2016 Jackson Lewis P.C. This Update is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice nor does it create an attorney/client relationship between Jackson Lewis and any readers or recipients. Readers should consult counsel of their own choosing to discuss how these matters relate to their individual circumstances. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the express written consent of Jackson Lewis.

This Update may be considered attorney advertising in some states. Furthermore, prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Jackson Lewis P.C. represents management exclusively in workplace law and related litigation. Our attorneys are available to assist employers in their compliance efforts and to represent employers in matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. For more information, please contact the attorney(s) listed or the Jackson Lewis attorney with whom you regularly work.

See AllRelated Articles You May Like

February 23, 2018

Foreign Parent Company is Joint Employer with Subsidiary for Employment Claims, Court Rules

February 23, 2018

A foreign parent company can be held jointly liable for employment claims against its U.S. subsidiary, a federal district court has held. Middlebrooks v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., No. 17-00412 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 1, 2018). The employee brought claims against his former employer, Teva USA, and its parent company, Teva Israel, alleging... Read More

February 22, 2018

Top Five Labor Law Developments for January 2018

February 22, 2018

Management-side labor and employment lawyer John Ring has been nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacant seat on the five-member National Labor Relations Board. If confirmed, Ring would replace former-Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra, a Republican, and restore a 3-2 Republican majority to the Board. Miscimarra’s term... Read More

February 21, 2018

Maine Recreational Marijuana Law Limits Drug Testing, Disciplinary Consequences Imposed by Employers

February 21, 2018

A provision of Maine’s recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use, as of February 1, 2018. This law effectively prevents Maine employers from testing for marijuana for pre-employment purposes. The law also affects employers who employ employees subject to federal... Read More