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NLRB General Counsel’s report on employee handbook rules provides some guidance . . . but employers may not like it

March 26, 2015

  By David P. Phippen Fairfax - Metro Washington, D.C. office of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLPMarch 25, 2015As we have previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board in recent years has put employee handbooks and policy manuals under a magnifying glass, searching for any provision that might, in ...
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What’s on the Docket in 2015

March 12, 2015

This year is going to be an important year for employers. At the federal level, the Supreme Court will be handing down decisions on the following four cases this summer, which will surely have an effect on employers:Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. — The issue in this case is whether an ...
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Wage Hour Report: A Cautionary Note On That “Companionship Services” Rule

March 03, 2015

By Ellen C. Kearns Boston office of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLPAs we have previously reported, a federal district court for the District of Columbia recently vacated new U.S. Department of Labor regulations promulgated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which (1) barred third-party employers from claiming minimum wage and ...
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DOL Updates Definition of Spouse in FMLA Regulations

February 24, 2015

On June 26, 2013, in U.S. v. Windsor, 570 U.S. 12, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Immediately following the decision in Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced what the then-current ...

Wyoming Employment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

Payment of Final Wages On March 5, 2015, Wyoming Governor Matt Meade signed legislation (H.B. 127) amending state law regarding the payment of final wages. Under previous Wyoming law, when an employee quit or was terminated, final wages were due “within five days of the date of termination of employment.” Under the new law, when an employee ...

Wisconsin Empoyment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

Right-to-Work On March 9, 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation (S.B. 44) making Wisconsin the 25th “Right-to-Work” state. Pursuant to the law, no person may require, as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment, an individual to do any of the following:Refrain or resign from membership in, voluntary ...

Utah Employment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments On March 12, 2015, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed legislation (S.B. 262) amending the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act to address discrimination and religious freedoms. The bill:Modifies definition provisions related to employment and housing discrimination, ...

Nebraska Employment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

Veterans Preference On March 12, 2015, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed legislation (L.B. 272) allowing private employers to adopt a voluntary veterans preference employment policy. Voluntary veterans preference employment policy means a private employer’s voluntary preference for hiring and promoting a veteran over another equally ...

California Employment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

Updated California Family Rights Act Regulations On March 4, 2015, the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations. The new regulations align the CFRA more closely with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. Among other things, the new ...

Arkansas Employment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act On February 23, 2015, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed legislation (S.B. 202) which prohibits a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of the state from adopting or enforcing an ordinance or policy that creates a protected classification or prohibits discrimination on a basis not contained ...

Federal Employment Law Update – March 2015

March 26, 2015

DOL, HHS, and Treasury Issue Final Rule on Excepted Benefits On March 16, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury released a Final Rule amending the definition of excepted benefits to include certain limited coverage that wraps around individual health insurance. Such coverage would have to be specifically ...

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