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HTMLNew York City Council Passes Mayor De Blasio's Expansion to the Earned Sick Time Act and Leaves Many Small Businesses on Life Support
Phillip J. Lipari; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014
On February 26, the New York City Council overwhelmingly passed - by a vote of 46 to 5 - Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed changes to New York City's new Earned Sick Time Act. Confronted with concerns by small business, the Council also provided a somewhat deceptive consolation to newly-covered...

 

HTMLBYOD Requires BYOB: How to Handle the Challenges Inherent in a "Bring Your Own Device" Program
Susan Bassford Wilson; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014
By a show of "Likes," how many of us have ever checked our work email or made work-related phone calls on a personal smartphone? Or drafted a document on a personal computer or tablet?

 

HTMLThink Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection Doesn't Apply to Your Company? Think Again.
Jill S. Stricklin; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 11, 2014
Employers who are privately held may have believed that they did not have to worry about the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act because the SOX applies to publicly held companies. But last week's Supreme Court decision in Lawson v. FMR, holding that the whistleblower protections...

 

HTMLA Union Steward in the Huddle? Steelworkers-Funded Union Seeks to Represent Northwestern University Football Players
David P. Phippen; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014
First we had unpaid student interns claiming to be employees. Now there is a new chapter in the "students claiming to be employees" story. On January 29, a union called the College Athletes Players Association, which receives funds from the United Steelworkers Union, filed a petition with...

 

HTMLPaid "Union Release Time" for Public Employees is Unconstitutional, Arizona Court Holds
David P. Phippen; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014
Public employee unions have grown accustomed to having taxpayers pay for union activity, including lobbying. The practice is incorporated in many state, county and municipal union contracts across the nation. For the federal government, the cost to taxpayers is conservatively estimated at $155...

 

HTMLObama Administration Continues with Pro-Union Policy Triangle
David P. Phippen; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014
Even before the election dust had settled in Chattanooga, Volkswagen, with union members on its parent Board of Directors in Germany, asserted that it still wants to pursue a "works council." And organized labor, with the help of the Obama Administration, will continue trying to tilt the...

 

HTMLVETS Issues Proposed Rule to Change Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors...in a Good Way!
Lisa Schwarzkopf; Constangy Brooks Smith LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2014, previously published on February 25, 2014
The Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing revisions to the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act. Unlike the recent OFCCP regulatory changes, this proposal would actually...

 

HTMLConsidering a Fix to a Problem That Does Not Exist, NLRB Re-Examines Standards For Deferral To Arbitration Awards
David P. Phippen; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014
The NLRB has invited amicus briefs from interested parties in a case involving deferral to an arbitrator's award under a collective bargaining agreement. The Board's General Counsel seeks to have the Board narrow the grounds for deferral, which essentially gives a union or charging party "two...

 

HTMLSome Thoughts on the UAW's Loss at Volkswagen
Clifford H. Nelson; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014
In a much-heralded campaign to organize Volkswagen's Chattanooga manufacturing plant, the United Auto Workers union lost an election last week by a vote of 712 to 626. There were 1,550 eligible voters in what was essentially a plant-wide unit. In what may have been one of the first "Quickie...

 

HTMLWage Hour Report Supreme Court Offers Common Sense Guidance on What Constitutes "Changing Clothes" Under the FLSA
Ellen C. Kearns, Tony H. McGrath; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014
When the nine justices of the Supreme Court received their lifetime appointments to the nation's highest court, they probably did not envision themselves digging through 60-year-old dictionaries for definitions of prosaic terms like "clothes" and "clothes changing," and...

 


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