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August 17, 2018

Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program No Longer Mandatory?

August 17, 2018

The future of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) is uncertain following Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto that could make employer participation in the Secure Choice program optional. The legislation, as enacted, makes participation in the Secure Choice program mandatory for covered employers that do... Read More

August 13, 2018

Independent Contractor Misclassifications is Focus of New Jersey-U.S. Labor Department Partnership

August 13, 2018

Demonstrating a heightened focus on worker misclassification, the New Jersey Department of Labor has entered into a memorandum of cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor with respect to enforcement actions related to independent contractor misclassifications. Agency officials explained the arrangement promotes “coordinated... Read More

August 13, 2018

What Employers Need to Know About the Illinois Secure Choice Mandatory Retirement Savings Program

August 13, 2018

Employers in Illinois with at least 25 employees must comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) or offer employees an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Secure Choice is set to roll out in November 2018. Secure Choice applies to Illinois employers that do not sponsor a qualified retirement plan. The... Read More

August 13, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2018

August 13, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Disparate impact — discrimination by the numbers Is the FCRA class the new FLSA wage and hour class? Other class action developments... Read More

August 8, 2018

New York Steps Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use with Creation of Drafting Workgroup

August 8, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is setting the stage to begin debate over the legalization of marijuana for recreational use during the 2019 Legislative Session. The current marijuana program, restricted to medical marijuana usage, was signed into law in 2014. On August 2, 2018, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a workgroup to... Read More

August 8, 2018

New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Mandatory Sexual Harassment Notice and Fact Sheet

August 8, 2018

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has released a fact sheet and mandatory posting consistent with the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act.” Effective September 6, 2018, all New York City employers must conspicuously post the anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities posting, as well as hand out the fact sheet to new... Read More

August 8, 2018

Missouri Right-to-Work Rejected by Voters

August 8, 2018

Missouri voters have rejected the state right-to-work law. Senate Bill 19, which would have made Missouri the nation’s 28th right-to-work state, was passed by the Missouri legislature on February 2, 2017, and signed into law by then-Governor Eric Greitens. Labor organizations and their supporters gathered enough signatures to keep the... Read More

August 6, 2018

Labor Department Independent Contractors Guidance Targets Home Care, Nursing, Caregiver Registries

August 6, 2018

In its first substantive guidance on independent contractors, the Trump Administration has targeted misclassification in the healthcare industry. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2018-4 (“Determining Whether Nurse or Caregiver Registries Are Employers of the Caregiver”) on July 13, 2018, to provide... Read More

August 2, 2018

Certificate of Relief: Reducing Employer Exposure for Hiring Employees with Certain Criminal Convictions

August 2, 2018

Recently, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted “An Act to Amend the Law Regarding a Certificate of Relief For Criminal Convictions.” The Act will become effective on December 1, 2018, and applies to petitions for relief filed on or after that date. Legislators contemplated the Act would assist individuals convicted of... Read More

August 1, 2018

Massachusetts Legislature (Finally) Passes Non-Compete Law

August 1, 2018

The Massachusetts Legislature, at long last, has passed a bill regulating the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements in the private sector. Once “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” is signed by Governor Charlie Baker, it will take effect on October 1, 2018. The Legislature has attempted... Read More

July 24, 2018

New York City DCA Issues Guidance on Temporary Schedule Change Amendments to Fair Workweek Law

July 24, 2018

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards has released a mandatory posting, Frequently Asked Questions, and an overview for employers and workers called “What Employers/Workers Need to Know” as guidance on the temporary schedule change provisions of the New York City Fair Workweek Law.... Read More

July 23, 2018

South Carolina Issues New Pregnancy Accommodations FAQs and Anti-Discrimination Poster

July 23, 2018

The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC) has published Frequently Asked Questions on the new state Pregnancy Accommodations Act. It also has published a new anti-discrimination poster that includes provisions required under the Act. The Act amends the South Carolina Human Affairs Law to require employers with at least 15... Read More

July 19, 2018

Top Five Labor Law Developments for June 2018

July 19, 2018

Public sector employees who are non-members of a union cannot be legally required to pay agency or “fair share” fees as a condition of employment, the U.S. Supreme Court has held in a 5-4 ruling. Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, No. 16-1466 (June 27, 2018). The Court decided that a state’s enforcement of a provision in a collective... Read More

July 18, 2018

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Summer 2018

July 18, 2018

In this issue: New Agency Guidance Makes Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Enforcement a Priority. A review of the parity compliance issues for plans and insurers providing mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Finding Missing Participants in a Regulatory Fog. A discussion of the efforts of the Department... Read More

July 13, 2018

New York Legislature Approves Paid Family Leave Expansion for Bereavement and Organ Tissue Donation

July 13, 2018

On the last day of the 2018 New York Legislative Session, lawmakers approved a measure that would expand access to the current New York Paid Family Leave benefit to employees experiencing bereavement due to the death of a family member. If the Governor signs the bill (S.8380-A (Funke)/A.10639-A (Morelle)), employees may start... Read More

July 12, 2018

Temporary Schedule Change Amendments to New York City Fair Workweek Law Effective July 18

July 12, 2018

Starting on July 18, 2018, New York City employers are required to provide two temporary schedule changes to employees each calendar year for “personal events.” The law also protects employees from retaliation for making certain other schedule change requests. For additional details see our articles, New York City Employers Must Grant... Read More

July 11, 2018

Fitness Industry Legal Update - Summer 2018

July 11, 2018

Social media can be a great way for companies in the fitness industry to build and engage their communities. The hazards of social media as to employees, companies, and privacy, however, should not be ignored. This is especially true if social media is key to a business’s marketing or employee-recruitment goals. In this issue, we cover... Read More

July 9, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Nominated to U.S. Supreme Court

July 9, 2018

In the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, President Donald Trump was presented with the rare opportunity to make his second U.S. Supreme Court nomination in as many years, nominating the Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Kennedy. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would bring more than a dozen years of... Read More

June 29, 2018

Massachusetts Raises Minimum Wage, Mandates Paid Family and Medical Leave

June 29, 2018

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a sweeping bill that, over a period of five years, will: (1) raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour; (2) mandate paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts employees; and (3) phase out Sunday and holiday premium pay for retail employees. The law, signed on June 28, 2018, also will... Read More

June 29, 2018

Gig-Economy Delivery Couriers are Not Employees, New York Court Rules, Reverses Unemployment Board

June 29, 2018

A delivery courier fired by app-based food delivery service Postmates Inc. is an independent contractor, not an employee entitled to unemployment insurance benefits, the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, of the New York Supreme Court, has ruled. Matter of the Claim of Luis A. Vega, No. 525233 (June 21, 2018). The case is one... Read More

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