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Overtime Rule Salary Threshold is Dead But Issue is Not
July 6, 2017
Last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) under the Obama administration promulgated a rule that increased the salary threshold a worker must make to qualify as exempt from overtime from $455/week to $913/week ($47,476 per year). Businesses and states successfully challenged the rule as exceeding DOL’s authority and a Texas court blocked the rule just days before the new rule was to go into effect.
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Second Minimum Wage Increase for Oregon Employees Went Into Effect 1st of July
July 5, 2017
In March 2016, Oregon enacted a geographically-tiered minimum wage hike. The first increase went into effect last year. The second increase went into effect on July 1, 2017. Scheduled annual minimum wage increases will continue through 2022.
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Will Private Employees Have the Option of Comp Time?
June 30, 2017
In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) implemented basic wage and hour protections in the form of a 40-hour standard workweek and employee entitlement to one-and-a-half times their regular rate for hours worked beyond that.  What the FLSA does not touch, however, is a subject that both employers and employees care about almost as much as compensation: paid time off.
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Marijuana Sows Confusion For Employers
June 30, 2017
As we roll into the holiday, there are two sets of potentially confusing marijuana stories in the air. The Bullard Edge will help you make sense of these concerning stories.
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Goalie Intentionally Allows A Goal, Lawyer Declines Coffee, And Other Situations Implicating Our Ability To Make Ethical Decisions
June 29, 2017
Today we want to switch it up a bit and spend a few minutes thinking about ethics: the exercise of discretion where there is a legal right —but no legal mandate— to take some action.  We believe that this has relevance in workplace.
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Be Careful About Waiving the Attorney-Client Privilege
June 29, 2017
Clients call me for advice on how to handle sticky situations with employees – that’s a major part of my job. And they know that our communications are subject to the sacred attorney-client privilege. But what companies need to understand is that this privilege might be waived by its corporate management, including officers and directors.
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Modified “Travel Ban” Becomes Effective on June 29: What Clients Need to Know
June 29, 2017
As many who have been following recent news and our alerts are aware, the Supreme Court on Monday partially stayed injunctions by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that blocked the revised version of President Trump’s travel ban from becoming effective.
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A Review of the Supreme Court's 2016-2017 Term
June 28, 2017
This year's Supreme Court term may be more memorable for the intrigue and political drama taking place outside the Court than the import of the decisions the Court issued.
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H-1B Premium Processing Reinstated Only for Select Waiver Programs; Other Categories Will Rejoin Gradually Through Summer and Fall
June 27, 2017
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting requests on Monday (June 26) for premium processing services for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of medical doctors filing under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program and through interested government agency waivers.
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DOL Rolls Back Obama-Era Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Guidance
June 23, 2017
Earlier this month, the United States Department of Labor withdrew its 2015 and 2016 guidance on joint employment and independent contractors.
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Department of Labor Finalizes Claims and Appeals Regulations for Disability Benefits
June 21, 2017
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued final regulations that change the claims and appeals procedures for disability benefits provided by ERISA plans.
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Nevada Legislature Enacts New Law For Nursing Mothers
June 20, 2017
Assembly Bill 113, recently signed by the Governor of Nevada, requires private and public employers to provide nursing mothers a reasonable break time and a clean, private place to express breast milk.
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Tweets Follow

Oct 15

NLRB Surrenders Its War Against Employee Handbooks: https://t.co/fX7BILtNCP

Oct 12

NLRB Turns To Rulemaking To Reverse Joint Employer Standard: https://t.co/cFnQjI6Rzg

Oct 10

Upon Further Review: The DEA Legalizes a Marijuana-Derived Drug: https://t.co/RzjNFiU50k