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October 14, 2019

New York City Enacts Legislation Clarifying Independent Contractor Protection under Human Rights Law

October 14, 2019

While courts have generally interpreted the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) as providing anti-discrimination protections to individuals performing services as independent contractors, effective in January 2020, amendments to the NYCHRL clarify such protections. These amendments also clarify that while the NYCHRL’s coverage of... Read More

October 10, 2019

California Requires Large Insurers to Report Board Diversity, Spending with Diverse Businesses

October 10, 2019

A new California law requires large insurers to report on the demographics of their governing boards and the amounts they spend with businesses owned by minorities, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and disabled veterans. Under the new law, Senate Bill 534 (SB 534), reporting will be required on a biennial basis beginning on July 1,... Read More

October 10, 2019

California Consumer Privacy Act FAQs for Covered Businesses

October 10, 2019

Set to take effect January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), considered one of the most expansive U.S. privacy laws to date, places limitations on the collection and sale of a consumer’s personal information and provides consumers certain rights with respect to their personal information. Organizations should be... Read More

October 8, 2019

DOL Proposes FLSA Regulations to Close Door on ‘80/20’ Rule, Implement Tip Pooling Amendments

October 8, 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on October 8, 2019, to eliminate the “20% Rule,” or “80/20 Rule,” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The 20% Rule, which first appeared in a DOL Field Operations Handbook (FOH) in 1988, requires employers to pay tipped employees the full minimum... Read More

October 7, 2019

No California Waiting-Time, Inaccurate Wage Statement Penalties Based on Unpaid Meal Period Premiums, Court Rules

October 7, 2019

Do meal period premiums trigger derivative liability for waiting-time penalties and inaccurate wage statements? The California Court of Appeal has ruled in the negative on the oft-asked question. Naranjo et al. v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc., No. B256232 (Cal. Ct. App. Sept. 26, 2019). The Court ruled that actions to recover... Read More

October 7, 2019

Common Mistakes Companies Make with Gig Economy Workers

October 7, 2019

It is no secret that traditional employers often benefit from non-traditional workplace arrangements available in the gig economy, such as relief from paying unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation plans or being exempt from many minimum wage or overtime laws that apply to the traditional employer-employee relationship.... Read More

October 7, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on LGBTQ+ Workplace Protections under Title VII

October 7, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral argument on October 8, 2019, in three high-stakes cases that will decide whether LGTBQ+ employees are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The cases before the Court are Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, No. 17-1623, Bostock v. Clayton County... Read More

October 7, 2019

Connecticut Releases Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Guidance

October 7, 2019

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has released sexual harassment prevention training in accordance with the Time’s Up Act. The Act requires employers of all sizes to provide sexual harassment training to supervisors by October 1, 2020 (or within six months of hire, after that date). Employers with at... Read More

October 4, 2019

Top Five Labor Law Developments for September 2019

October 4, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a new standard for determining whether contractual language acts as a waiver of a union’s right to bargain over a specific issue. MV Transportation, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 66 (Sept. 10, 2019). The employer notified the union that it planned to revise certain policies and work rules.... Read More

October 4, 2019

New Connecticut Law Requires Policy on Opioid Antagonists at Colleges, Universities

October 4, 2019

Connecticut has enacted changes to its opioid laws that include requiring institutions of higher education to implement a policy on the availability and use of opioid antagonists for students and staff. Public Act No. 19-191, “An Act Addressing Opioid Use,” makes various other revisions to the state’s opioid use prevention and... Read More

October 1, 2019

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update – Fall 2019

October 1, 2019

DOL Issues New Overtime Rule, Sets Minimum Annual Salary at $35,568 The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new Final Rule updating the minimum salary requirements for the “white collar” overtime exemptions. Read full article … California Supreme Court Rejects Claim for Unpaid Wages under PAGA Putting an end to employees’... Read More

September 30, 2019

District of Columbia Commuter Benefits: New Penalties, Fines

September 30, 2019

Penalties and fines for non-compliance with Washington, D.C.’s law requiring D.C. employers to offer commuter benefits to their D.C. employees will take effect beginning on November 14, 2019. The law, which became effective on January 1, 2016, requires employers with at least 20 employees in D.C. to offer commuter benefits to their... Read More

September 30, 2019

New York City Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination Based on National Origin, Immigrant Status

September 30, 2019

Continuing its pattern of issuing enforcement guidance on areas on which it focuses, the New York City Commission on Human Rights has released guidance reiterating the obligations of most employers, housing providers, and providers of public accommodations in New York City to avoid discrimination based on national origin and immigration... Read More

September 27, 2019

NLRB Strengthens Property Rights, Employers May Limit Off-Duty Access by Contractors’ Employees

September 27, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that a property owner lawfully may exclude off-duty contractor employees from engaging in leafletting and other Section 7 activity on its property, unless: (1) the contractor employees work “regularly” and “exclusively” on the property; and (2) the property owner fails to show the... Read More

September 27, 2019

Construction Unions Leverage Social Issues to Pressure Owners, General Contractors

September 27, 2019

Construction unions, traditionally male-dominated, are leveraging the growing presence of women in their ranks to apply pressure on owners and contractors to obtain work. This new tactic is another method in unions’ “corporate campaigns” where construction unions create adverse publicity and apply political pressure on owners to hire... Read More

September 27, 2019

Proposed Labor Board Rule Change Would Close Union-Recognition Loophole in Construction

September 27, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that includes changes to its representation case procedures that potentially may affect both construction employers and building trades unions. The proposed rule, if approved, would benefit employees by protecting their right to choose. It also... Read More

September 26, 2019

Shifting Demographics Require Greater Attention to Diversity

September 26, 2019

Shifting demographics threaten the ability of construction companies to staff projects. Many industry leaders identify worker shortages as a major problem and expect this issue to continue for the next several years. The share of employees in the industry aged 55 and older continues to increase. The next generation of workers, Generation... Read More

September 26, 2019

An Aging Construction Workforce: Recognition and Response

September 26, 2019

The number of workers aged 55 and over is increasing, while the number of workers under the age of 25 is decreasing, according to the 2018 Current Population Survey. The construction industry may feel this more acutely than other industries, as workers in the construction industry tend to be older than those in other industries, the... Read More

September 26, 2019

Preparing for Duluth, Minnesota’s Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Taking Effect January 1, 2020

September 26, 2019

The City of Duluth, Minnesota’s Sick and Safe Time Ordinance takes effect on January 1, 2020. Duluth is the third Minnesota city (joining Minneapolis and St. Paul) to impose sick and safe time leave requirements on employers. Duluth’s Ordinance differs from both Minneapolis and St. Paul’s ordinances, complicating the web of local laws... Read More

September 25, 2019

DOL Finalizes and Issues New Overtime Rule, Sets Minimum Annual Salary at $35,568

September 25, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a new Final Rule updating the minimum salary requirements for the “white collar” (executive, administrative, and professional) overtime exemptions. The new rule goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Under the Final Rule, the annual salary level for the executive, administrative, and... Read More

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