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U.S. Department of Transportation Publishes Changes To Drug Testing Regulations
November 28, 2017
On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published changes to the federal regulations that govern drug testing for certain safety sensitive transportation employees. If your employees are subject to DOT drug testing requirements, these changes become effective January 1, 2018.
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Canada: Court of Appeal Confirms Purchaser Not Bound to Vendor’s Employment Contracts
November 28, 2017
A particularly nuanced aspect of a sale of business involves offering employment to employees of the vendor. The determination of risk, as well as whether the vendor or purchaser takes on liability for employment obligations, is often a key feature of such transactions and price.
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Limits on Incentives for Participation Wellness Programs
November 20, 2017
Wellness programs are often used by employers to promote healthy lifestyles among their employees and reduce their health care expenditures. There have been several studies over recent years that have found a reduction in health costs for employers who offer wellness programs.
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Peter Robb Sworn In As NLRB General Counsel
November 20, 2017
Attorney Peter B. Robb was sworn in for a four-year term as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board last Friday.  Mr. Robb was nominated by President Trump and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
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What Can Employers Learn from the Recent Sexual Harassment Scandals?
November 17, 2017
With allegations of sexual harassment in the spotlight, agencies and companies are issuing statements and conducting research about sexual harassment.  Recently, the EEOC issued a “What You Should Know: What to Do if You Believe You have Been Harassed at Work” statement.
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New York City Expands Sick Leave to Victims of Domestic Violence
November 17, 2017
As we previously advised, the New York City Counsel recently passed a bill to expand employee entitlements under the New York City Earned Sick Time Act.
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Sexual Harassment Scandals: Time for Employer Self-Examination
November 17, 2017
Notorious sexual harassment by rich and powerful men in the entertainment industry has brought the nation's focus on the broader scope of sexual harassment in general.
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Are Your Employees Audiotaping or Videotaping at Work?
November 17, 2017
Apparently, employees believe that it is a fundamental right to have a cell phone at work and to record freely conversations or videotape during working time. There is no inherent right to (1) have a cell phone at work and (2) audio and/or videotape conversations or activity at the workplace.
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Not Liking Your Internship ≠ Compensable Work
November 16, 2017
I was flabbergasted by a recent case in which an intern sued a nursing and rehabilitation center because she was unhappy with her internship!  That’s right, she was so displeased with what she did in her internship that she brought a federal case!
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U.S. Supreme Court Update
November 13, 2017
The new term for the U.S. Supreme Court began in October.  So far we know that the Court will revisit two labor and employment issues from 2016 and rule on a class/collective action issue that is important to employers.
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U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill Limiting Definition of Joint Employer
November 10, 2017
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to limit the definition of “joint employer.”  The bill, entitled the Save Local Business Act, is a direct response to Obama-era administrative action by the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor (DOL) broadening the joint employer standard to include employers who have potential or indirect control over employees.
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Veterans Day (Fictional) Mailbag: A Veteran, A Disabled Individual, And An Olympic Athlete Walk Into A…
November 10, 2017
Today is Veterans Day and we thank the men and women who are or have served in armed forces of the United States by responding to a (fictional) mailbag question that, fittingly, has something to do with veterans.
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Dec 13

New #SHRM Federal Court Report: Misclassification Results in Liquidated Damages Award. https://t.co/93ZysQI3cM

Dec 13

What Could the New NLRB General Counsel Mean for Employers? https://t.co/jK1aFv2tfa

Dec 12

Nevada Supreme Court Determines That Employees May Sue For State Law Wage Violations: https://t.co/DVe8FJ3wga