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U.S. DOL Issues Opinion Letters Regarding Compensation for Travel Time and Voluntary Training
November 16, 2020
On November 3, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued Opinion Letter FLSA2020-16, regarding the compensability of travel time for hourly (non-exempt) construction foremen and laborers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Also on November 3, the DOL issued opinion letter FLSA 2020-15, regarding compensation for time employees spend attending voluntary training programs, specifically outside, ongoing continuing education classes.
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Illinois: What To Do About Fraudulent Unemployment Claims
November 12, 2020
Sometimes, crisis brings out the best in people. Unfortunately, it also often brings out the worst. While not an entirely new phenomenon, fraudulent unemployment claims have become a widespread phenomenon across the country, including in Illinois.
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President’s Executive Order on Diversity and Inclusion Training
October 19, 2020
Based on a recent Executive Order, federal contractors who conduct expanded diversity trainings now will be subjected to increased scrutiny, and some types of diversity training now may be construed as discriminatory.
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Independent Contractor Or Employee? AB 2257 Modifies AB 5, California’s Landmark Law Regarding Worker Classification
September 22, 2020
On September 4, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 2257, which significantly expands and modifies the list of occupations and industries exempt from the default “ABC Test” for determining a worker’s classification.
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Key Changes to Hawaii Employment Laws
September 16, 2020
Our newsletter covers changes to Hawaii employment laws relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault nondisclosure agreements, Hawaii family leave law, and conviction checks.
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Treasury Department Provides Guidance on President Trump’s Deferral of Payroll Taxes
September 2, 2020
The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued, on August 28, a Notice concerning President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum concerning employers’ deferral of payroll taxes.
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Are There Triple Damages for Prevailing Wage Violations?
August 31, 2020
Most of you don’t have to worry about this question and its answer.  But those who work on government contracts—particularly public works projects—do.
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Hey CEOs – Be Careful About Diversity Hiring Quotas!
July 29, 2020
I’ve been following the public updates of major corporations on their diversity and inclusion activities.
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DOL Issues Five New Opinion Letters
June 26, 2020
On June 25, 2020, the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued five new opinion letters.
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Seventh Circuit Says Employers Can Be Sued in Federal Court for BIPA Violations
May 19, 2020
In what some are calling a “bombshell” decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in Bryant v. Compass Group USA, Inc. that federal courts can now hear cases involving alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act  even where there is no allegation of actual harm to the plaintiff beyond a technical violation of the law.
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DOL Issues 3 New Opinion Letters Regarding Excludability of Payments from the Regular Rate
April 9, 2020
On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued three new Opinion Letters, FLSA2020-3, FLSA2020-4, and FLSA2020-5 which all address various payments that may be excluded from the regular rate.
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DOL Contradicts Itself on Use of Employer-Provided Leave
April 8, 2020
The problem with DOL’s revised Q&A is that it contradicts DOL’s Temporary Rules – which DOL issued at the same time.
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