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Labor Law Update: Will Employers be Thankful for the NLRB’s new General Counsel?

Posted in General Labor and Employment News and Updates, Labor Relations, NLRB
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces and interprets the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which ensures the rights of employees to engage in collective bargaining and other union-related activities.  During the Obama administration, NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. aggressively advocated for labor-friendly positions, and the Democratic-majority Board often agreed.  But this Thanksgiving… Continue Reading

Political Speech, Discrimination and the Law: How Employers Should Respond to Charlottesville

Posted in Cat's Paw Liability, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Diversity, General Labor and Employment News and Updates, Political Discrimination, Social Media, Terminations, Workplace Policies
The recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other news regarding the activities of white supremacists and similar groups, have served as a rude awakening for many that our national reality has shifted. These events, which occurred in the public square and have been widely documented through social media, are unfortunate examples of bigoted and… Continue Reading

Overtime Update: DOL Signals Changes to the FLSA and White Collar Exemptions may be Coming Soon

Posted in General Labor and Employment News and Updates, Wage & Hour
For the past few years, HR legalist has been following the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule, which would have roughly doubled the salary threshold under which employees are guaranteed overtime pay, and made millions of additional employees eligible for time-and-a-half overtime for hours worked over 40 per week.  Last fall, that rule was blocked… Continue Reading

Equal Pay Protections Upset by Recent Ninth Circuit Ruling

Posted in General Labor and Employment News and Updates, Hiring, Wage Equity Ordinance
On April 27, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer was allowed to base “a pay differential on prior salary so long as it showed that its use of prior salary effectuated some business policy and that the employer used the factor reasonably in light of its stated purpose and its… Continue Reading

Senate Kills Federal Contractor Work Safety Rule

Posted in General Labor and Employment News and Updates, Government
On March 6, 2017, the Senate voted 49-48 to eliminate President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was finalized in August 2016 by the U.S. Department of Labor, but subsequently blocked by court order in October 2016.… Continue Reading

Season’s Greetings: Three Recent Wage and Hour Developments that Employers can be Thankful For

Posted in General Labor and Employment News and Updates
Overview With leaves falling, temperatures dropping, and Thanksgiving less than a day away, Americans are rapidly gearing up for the 2016 Holiday Season—the magical time between Black Friday and New Year’s when retailers kick into high gear, homes and storefronts are decorated to the nines, radio playlists take on a different tune, and we all… Continue Reading