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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

February 20, 2018

Georgia Supreme Court Clarifies Insurance Company is Not ‘Financial Institution’ in Garnishment Law

February 20, 2018

An insurance company named as a garnishee in a garnishment action is not a “financial institution” under Georgia’s garnishment statute when the garnishment is seeking earnings owed to its current or former employees. May 2016 Amendment Apparently responding to a federal judge’s 2015 ruling that portions of Georgia’s post-judgment... Read More

February 20, 2018

Ban-the-Box Laws in Spokane, Washington, and Kansas City, Missouri

February 20, 2018

State and local jurisdictions have continued to consider and enact legislation restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process. Two of the latest enactments are in Spokane, Washington, and Kansas City, Missouri. Some ban-the-box ordinances are... Read More

February 12, 2018

New York Lawsuit Alleging Corporate Cover-Up at The Weinstein Company is a Lesson in What Not to Do

February 12, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother Robert Weinstein, and their company, The Weinstein Company (TWC). The lawsuit, which details allegations of harassment and intimidation of TWC employees by Harvey Weinstein, was filed on Sunday, February 11, 2018, because... Read More

February 12, 2018

EEOC: Retaliation Tops Discrimination Charges Filed in Fiscal Year 2017

February 12, 2018

Retaliation was the most common workplace discrimination charge received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to the agency. (The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.) Retaliation has been at the top since FY 2010. A total of 84,254 charges were filed with the agency... Read More

February 12, 2018

New York City Expands Definitions of ‘Sexual Orientation’ and ‘Gender’ in Human Rights Law

February 12, 2018

A new law passed by the New York City Council amends and significantly broadens the definitions of “sexual orientation” and “gender” in the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The new law will become effective on May 11, 2018.  Under Int. No. 1186-A, “sexual orientation” includes “an individual’s actual or perceived romantic... Read More

February 9, 2018

Employers Take Note: Labor Board Poised to Reverse Additional Obama-Era Work Rule Interpretations

February 9, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has taken another giant step toward repudiating the Obama-era Board’s highly restrictive interpretations of work rules, set forth in Lutheran Heritage-Livonia, 343 NLRB 646 (2004). In Grill Concepts Services, Inc. v. NLRB, Nos. 16-1238, 1287, at the Board’s request, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the... Read More

February 7, 2018

Déjà Vu: Implications of a Government Shutdown on Federal Contractors

February 7, 2018

For the second time in a month, for lack of agreement on funding the government long-term, we face the specter of a government shutdown. The government shutdown that began on January 20, 2018, lasted three days. Congress ended that shutdown after voting on a stopgap measure to fund the government until February 8, 2018. As that date... Read More

February 5, 2018

Puerto Rico Bars Use of Legitimate Absences in Performance Review, Adds Catastrophic Illness Leave

February 5, 2018

Just one year after substantial changes to Puerto Rico employment laws became effective, the Governor has enacted two new sick leave laws. One shields employees from adverse consequences from sick leave use. The other creates a special leave for catastrophic illnesses. Act No. 60 of January 27, 2018 The Puerto Rico Minimum Wage,... Read More

January 31, 2018

Changes to ERISA’s Disability Claims Regulations Coming April 1

January 31, 2018

New handling regulations for ERISA disability claims will go into effect on April 1, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) has announced. The agency confirmed that the regulations are final, without changes. The regulations were effective January 2017, but were delayed until April 1, 2018. The DOL has confirmed they will not be delayed... Read More

January 29, 2018

Fitness Industry Workplace Law Update – Winter 2018

January 29, 2018

Welcome to our premiere issue! Our goal is to keep fitness industry clients and contacts informed about employment and labor law issues that may affect your organizations. We hope you find this newsletter valuable and invite you to share it with interested colleagues and contacts. In this issue, we provide a brief summary of hot... Read More

January 29, 2018

Proposed Amendment to New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Affects Hotels in State

January 29, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed language in his budget amending the definition of a “Hotel” under the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) Law Section 3(14) to eliminate the requirement for hotels to have a restaurant in the building of the hotel. Currently, in order for a hotel to qualify for a “Hotel” liquor license... Read More

January 25, 2018

NYC Fast Food Deductions Law Stayed Pending Resolution of Constitutional Challenge by Restaurant Groups

January 25, 2018

Enforcement of the Fast Food Deductions provisions in New York City’s Fair Workweek Law has been stayed by a federal judge pending resolution of a constitutional challenge brought by two restaurant advocacy groups. The Fast Food Deductions Law requires fast food employers to deduct voluntary portions from workers’ paychecks and... Read More

January 25, 2018

New York City Employers Must Engage Employees in Accommodations Dialogue under New Law

January 25, 2018

Starting on October 16, 2018, entities covered by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL) will be required to engage in cooperative dialogue with individuals who may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the HRL. Passed by the New York City Council on December 19, 2017, Int. 804-A applies to employers, providers of public... Read More

January 25, 2018

New York City Employers Must Grant Temporary Work Schedule Changes Beginning July 18

January 25, 2018

Starting on July 18, 2018, New York City employers will be required to provide temporary schedule changes to employees for a “personal event.” Int. 1399-A became law on January 19, 2018, after Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to sign or veto the bill.  Under Int. 1399-A, with limited exceptions, an employer must grant an employee’s... Read More

January 25, 2018

Supreme Court Birthright-Citizenship Decision Not Retroactive, State Department Clarifies

January 25, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers violates the Equal Protection Clause will apply only to individuals born on or after June 12, 2017, according to the updated Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM). It therefore would appear that an... Read More

January 25, 2018

New Jersey Tipped Employee Cash Minimum Wage Raise under Consideration

January 25, 2018

A bill to increase the hourly cash minimum wage paid to tipped employees in New Jersey has been introduced in the New Jersey State Assembly. Currently, New Jersey employers may pay a tipped employee a cash minimum wage of $2.13 an hour and satisfy the remainder of the minimum wage ($8.60 an hour, effective January 1, 2018) through... Read More

January 24, 2018

When ICE Knocks

January 24, 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE’s mission is to protect the country from cross-border crime and illegal immigration. The agency focuses on illegal trade, prevention of terrorism, and even repatriation of stolen art. ICE also is responsible for enforcement... Read More

January 24, 2018

2018: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 24, 2018

An executive summary of recent changes in workplace law and a look ahead to 2018. Read More

January 23, 2018

Data Privacy Day: Top 10 for 2018

January 23, 2018

In honor of Data Privacy Day, we provide the “Top 10 for 2018.” While the list is by no means exhaustive, it provides key issues organizations should consider in 2018. 1. Greater Focus on EU Data Protection Requirements Many U.S. organizations mistakenly think the European Union’s data protection requirements do not apply to them.... Read More

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